Saint Augustine quotes

Born
13 November 354 Thagaste, Numidia (now Souk Ahras, Algeria)

Died
28 August 430.

Occupation
Philosopher.

Saint Augustine was a Roman African, early Christian theologian and philosopher from Numidia whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius in north Africa and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
– Saint Augustine
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.
– Saint Augustine
Custom is second nature.
– Saint Augustine
Love, and do what you like.
– Saint Augustine
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
– Saint Augustine
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
– Saint Augustine
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
– Saint Augustine
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.
– Saint Augustine
Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.
– Saint Augustine
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
– Saint Augustine
Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.
– Saint Augustine
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
– Saint Augustine
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
– Saint Augustine
Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
– Saint Augustine
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
– Saint Augustine
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
– Saint Augustine
There is no possible source of evil except good.
– Saint Augustine
God is best known in not knowing him.
– Saint Augustine
The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
– Saint Augustine
He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.
– Saint Augustine
This world’s a bubble.
– Saint Augustine
He that is jealous is not in love.
– Saint Augustine
Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.
– Saint Augustine
The purpose of all wars, is peace.
– Saint Augustine
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
– Saint Augustine