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The same thing which is now called Christian religion existed among the ancients. They have begun to call 'Christian' the true religion which existed before.

--Saint Augustine
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We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.

--Saint Augustine
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The soul, which is spirit, can not dwell in dust; it is carried along to dwell in the blood.

--Saint Augustine
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He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.

--Saint Augustine
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God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.

--Saint Augustine
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O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.

--Saint Augustine
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The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.

--Saint Augustine
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Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

--Saint Augustine
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Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.

--Saint Augustine
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Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

--Saint Augustine
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O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.

--Saint Augustine
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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
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Punishment is justice for the unjust.

--Saint Augustine
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To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

--Saint Augustine
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It seems to me that an unjust law is no law at all.

--Saint Augustine
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To seek the highest good is to live well.

--Saint Augustine

Longer Version:

To seek the greatest good is to live well, and to live well is nothing other than to love God with the whole heart, the whole soul, and the whole mind: It is therefore obvious that this love must be kept whole and uncorrupt, that is temperance; it should not be overcome with difficulties, that is fortitude, it must not be subservient to anything else, that is justice; it must discriminate among things so as not to be deceived by falsity or fraud, that is prudence.


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Who can map out the various forces at play in one soul? Man is a great depth, O Lord. The hairs of his head are easier by far to count than his feeling, the movements of his heart.

--Saint Augustine
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Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.

--Saint Augustine
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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
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What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.

--Saint Augustine
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In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

--Saint Augustine
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What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels.

--Saint Augustine
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It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.

--Saint Augustine
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The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.

--Saint Augustine
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Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

--Saint Augustine
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Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.

--Saint Augustine
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Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.

--Saint Augustine
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God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.

--Saint Augustine
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The greatest evil is physical pain.

--Saint Augustine
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It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

--Saint Augustine
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Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

--Saint Augustine
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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
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Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.

--Saint Augustine
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The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

--Saint Augustine

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