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354 - 420, Latin philosopher and theologian

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Saint Augustine

If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.
Saint Augustine

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay
first the foundation of humility.
Saint Augustine

Pray not for a lighter load, but for stronger shoulders.
Saint Augustine

Love is the beauty of the soul.
Saint Augustine

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at
the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the
stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.
Saint Augustine

Love the sinner and hate the sin.
Saint Augustine

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
Saint Augustine

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is
needed by others.
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Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.
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Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies.
Saint Augustine

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

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on
the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain
one friend.
Saint Augustine

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
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God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail.
Saint Augustine

Virtue and vice are not the same, even if they undergo the same torment.
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To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find
him, the greatest human achievement.
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Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
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This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.
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It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
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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.
Saint Augustine

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

In order to discover the character of people we have only to observe what they love.
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God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.
Saint Augustine

Don't hold yourselves cheap, seeing that the creator of all things and of you estimates your
value so high, so dear, that he pours out for you every day the most precious blood of his
only-begotten son.
Saint Augustine

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

Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.
Saint Augustine

Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey
the laws; trust in Providence.
Saint Augustine

He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
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Punishment is justice for the unjust.
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Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
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Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.
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Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
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God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.
Saint Augustine

By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had
been scattered abroad in multiplicity.
Saint Augustine

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