Welcome to our collection of quotes (with shareable picture quotes) by Saint Augustine. We hope you enjoy pondering them and that you will share them widely.
Augustine of Hippo (Latin: Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis; 13 November 354 – 28 August 430), also known as Saint Augustine, was a theologian, philosopher, and the bishop of Hippo Regius in Numidia, Roman North Africa. His writings influenced the development of Western philosophy and Western Christianity, and he is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers of the Latin Church in the Patristic Period. His many important works include The City of God, On Christian Doctrine, and Confessions.
According to his contemporary, Jerome, Augustine "established anew the ancient Faith". In his youth he was drawn to the major Persian religion, Manichaeism, and later to Neoplatonism. After his conversion to Christianity and baptism in 386, Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology, accommodating a variety of methods and perspectives. Believing the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom, he helped formulate the doctrine of original sin and made significant contributions to the development of just war theory. When the Western Roman Empire began to disintegrate, Augustine imagined the Church as a spiritual City of God, distinct from the material Earthly City. His thoughts profoundly influenced the medieval worldview. The segment of the Church that adhered to the concept of the Trinity as defined by the Council of Nicaea and the Council of Constantinople closely identified with Augustine's On the Trinity.
Augustine is recognized as a saint in the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. He is also a preeminent Catholic Doctor of the Church and the patron of the Augustinians. His memorial is celebrated on 28 August, the day of his death. Augustine is the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, and a number of cities and dioceses. Many Protestants, especially Calvinists and Lutherans, consider him one of the theological fathers of the Protestant Reformation due to his teachings on salvation and divine grace. Protestant Reformers generally, and Martin Luther in particular, held Augustine in preeminence among early Church Fathers. Luther was, from 1505 to 1521, a member of the Order of the Augustinian Eremites.
In the East, his teachings are more disputed and were notably attacked by John Romanides. But other theologians and figures of the Eastern Orthodox Church have shown significant approbation of his writings, chiefly Georges Florovsky. The most controversial doctrine associated with him, the filioque, was rejected by the Orthodox Church. Other disputed teachings include his views on original sin, the doctrine of grace, and predestination. Nevertheless, though considered to be mistaken on some points, he is still considered a saint and has influenced some Eastern Church Fathers, most notably Gregory Palamas. In the Orthodox Church his feast day is celebrated on 15 June. The historian Diarmaid MacCulloch has written: "Augustine's impact on Western Christian thought can hardly be overstated; only his beloved example, Paul of Tarsus, has been more influential, and Westerners have generally seen Paul through Augustine's eyes."
In doing what we ought, we deserve no praise.
Envy and hatred try to pierce our neighbor with a sword. But the blade cannot reach him unless it first passes through our own body.
Sin is looking for the right thing in the wrong place.
I held my heart back from positively accepting anything, since I was afraid of another fall, and in this condition of suspense I was being all the more killed.
You are my Lord, because You have no need of my goodness.
Every day my conscience makes confession relying on the hope of Your mercy as more to be trusted than its own innocence.
Every disordered soul is its own punishment.
I inquired what wickedness is, and I didn't find a substance, but a perversity of will twisted away from the highest substance -- You oh God -- towards inferior things, rejecting its own inner life and swelling with external matter.
I heard Your voice from on high. I am the food of the fully grown. Grow and you will feed on me. And you will not change Me into you, like the food of flesh eats. But you will be changed into Me.
There is no sin unless through a man's own will, and hence the reward when we do right things also of our own will.
The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.
A Christian should be an Alleluia from head to foot.
If you understood him, it would not be God.
Often the contempt of vainglory becomes a source of even more vainglory, for it is not being scorned when the contempt is something one is proud of.
Oh, God, to know you is life. To serve You is freedom. To praise you is the soul's joy and delight. Guard me with the power of Your grace here and in all places. Now and at all times, forever. Amen.
He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother.
There are wolves within, and there are sheep without.
Such is the strength of the burden of habit. Here I have the power to be but do not wish it. There I wish to be but lacks the power. On both grounds, I'm in misery.
I was in misery, and misery is the state of every soul overcome by friendship with mortal things and lacerated when they are lost. Then the soul becomes aware of the misery which is its actual condition even before it loses them.
The soul is torn apart in a painful condition as long as it prefers the eternal because of its Truth but does not discard the temporal because of familiarity.
The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.
The Bible was composed in such a way that as beginners mature, its meaning grows with them.
Free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion. Nevertheless, the free ranging flux of curiosity is channeled by discipline under Your Law.
How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never moved on to become the past, it would not be time, but eternity.
To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.
Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
Salvation is God's way of making us real people.
For what is the self complacent man but a slave to his own self-praise.
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.
In order to discover the character of people we have only to observe what they love.
Who would not shudder if he were given the choice of eternal death or life again as a child? Who would not choose to die?
Purity of soul cannot be lost without consent.
Hell was made for the inquisitive.
This world's a bubble.
The desire for fame tempts even noble minds.
What is time? If I am not asked, I know; if I am asked, I don't.
The argument is at an end.
A temptation arises: it is the wind. It disturbs you: it is the surging of the seas. This is the time to awaken Christ and let Him remind you of these words.
God will not suffer man to have a knowledge of things to come for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless and if understanding of his adversity, he would be despairing and senseless.
My mother spoke of Christ to my father, by her feminine and childlike virtues, and, after having borne his violence without a murmur or complaint, gained him at the close of his life to Christ.
To sing is to pray twice.
Thus I remained to myself an unhappy lodging where I could neither stay nor leave.
For where could my heart fly from my heart? Where could I fly from my own self?
Blessed is he who devotes his life to great and noble ends, and who forms his well-considered plans with deliberate wisdom.
It is not with respect to our convenience or discomfort, but with respect to their own nature that the creatures are glorifying to their Artificer.
God will cleanse your sins if you yourself are dissatisfied with yourself and will keep on changing until you are perfect.
I had a clear idea about what time is till I was asked to explain it and ceased to understand it altogether as soon as I began explaining it.
The same divine authority that forbids the killing of a human being establishes certain exceptions, as when God authorizes killing by a general law or when He gives an explicit commission to an individual for a limited time.
Between urine and filth we are born.
For where I found Truth, there found I my God, the Truth itself; which since I learnt, I have not forgotten.
It is easy to want things from the Lord and yet not want the Lord Himself, as though the gift could ever be preferable to the Giver.
There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other.
Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power.
Hell was made for the inquisitive.
Venerate the martyrs, praise, love, proclaim, honor them. But worship the God of the martyrs.
Two works of mercy set a person free: Forgive and you will be forgiven, and give and you will receive.
We made bad use of immortality, and so ended up dying; Christ made good use of mortality, so that we might end up living.
Carnal lust rules where there is no love of God.
Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbour.
Since God is the highest good, he would not allow any evil to exist in his works unless his omnipotence and goodness were such as to bring good even out of evil.
He who thinks he lives without sin puts aside not sin, but pardon.
Indifferent acts are judged by their ends sins are judged by themselves.
The dove loves when it quarrels; the wolf hates when it flatters.
If God seems slow in responding, it is because He is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for His greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart.
Where was my heart to flee for refuge from my heart? Whither was I to fly, where I would not follow? In what place should I not be prey to myself?
The Gods occupy the loftiest regions, men the lowest, the demons the middle region...They have immortality of body, but passions of the mind in common with men.
By the fall a poison was handed to mankind through a woman Eve, by the Redemption man was given salvation also through a woman Mary.
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. -Ronald Reagan In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
Charity is the root of all good works.
If a shameless woman expects to be defiled and then dies of her fierce love because you do not consent, will chastity also be homicide?
What can be more excellent than prayer; what is more profitable to our life; what sweeter to our souls; what more sublime, in the course of our whole life, than the practice of prayer!
Man has been naturally so created that it is advantageous for him to be submissive, but disastrous for him to follow his own will, and not the will of his creator.
The arrogance is not greatness but swelling; and the swelling seems big but it's not healthy.
Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.
Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.
It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.
The one who sings, prays twice.
The wicked have told me of things that delight them, but not such things as your law has to tell.
Don't let your life give evidence against your tongue. Sing with your voices... sing also with your conduct.
Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us everywhere; for as soon as we glory in our good works they are of no further value to our advancement in virtue.
It is human to err, but it is devilish to remain willfully in error.
It is impossible that there should be inhabitants on the opposite side of the Earth, since no such race is recorded by Scripture among the descendants of Adam.
Let him who desires to be harsh in making demands upon his debtors consider that he is God's debtor.
If you are suffering from a bad man's injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.
The customs of God's people and the institutions of our ancestors are to be considered as laws. And those who throw contempt on the customs of the Church ought to be punished as those who disobey the law of God.
What is held by the whole Church, and that not as instituted by Councils, but as a matter of invariable custom, is rightly held to have been handed down by authority.