St. Augustine of Hippo Quotes

Come, brethren, if you wish to be engrafted in the vine. It grieves us to see you thus lie cut off. Number the priests in the very chair of Peter, And see in that order of fathers who succeeded the other. This is the rock which the proud gates of hell overcome not.

St. Augustine of Hippo

All those of you who rejoice in peace, now it is time to judge the truth.... Undoubtedly in days gone by there were holy men as Scripture tells, For God stated that he left behind seven thousand men in safety, And there are many priests and kings who are righteous under the law, There you find so many of the prophets, and many of the people too. Tell me which of the righteous of that time claimed an altar for himself? That wicked nation perpetrated a very large number of crimes, They sacrificed to idols and may prophets were put to death, Yet not a single one of the righteous withdrew from unity. The righteous endured the unrighteous while waiting for the winnower: They all mingled in one temple but were not mingled in their hearts; They said such things against them yet they had a single altar.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Beauty grows in you to the extent that love grows, because charity itself is the soul's beauty.

St. Augustine of Hippo

One does not read in the Gospel that the Lord said: "I will send you the Paraclete who will teach you about the course of the sun and moon." For He willed to make them Christians, not mathematicians.

St. Augustine of Hippo

To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

St. Augustine of Hippo

To sing is the work of a lover.

St. Augustine of Hippo

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.

St. Augustine of Hippo

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light, although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.

St. Augustine of Hippo

When I am here, I do not fast on Saturday; when at Rome, I do fast on Saturday.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Therefore do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.

St. Augustine of Hippo

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.

St. Augustine of Hippo

The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page.

St. Augustine of Hippo
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