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50+ St Augustine Quotes From The Philosopher And Theologian Of Hippo

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Saint Augustine quotes have been a refuge for all sorts of people.

Saint Augustine is best known for his quotes on the book, the soul, on man, life, and anything else one could possibly think of. For more such philosophical quotes - do check out St. Therese of Lisieux quotes and [St. Ignatius quotes].

Saint Augustine Quotes On Living Life

 It is important to approach each day with joy and vigor.

Some of the most well-known St. Augustine of Hippo quotes mention how a great man should live life - and must look after their body. One of his famous lines about reading more than one book is repeated by many till date.  

1. "It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels."

- Saint Augustine of Hippo.

2. "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 of Hippo.

3. "To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation."

-Saint Augustine of Hippo.

4. “Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you"

-Saint Augustine of Hippo.

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

-Saint Augustine of Hippo.

6. "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 of Hippo.

7. "Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul."

-Saint Augustine of Hippo.

8. "If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times."

-Saint Augustine of Hippo.

9. "Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt."

-Saint Augustine of Hippo.

10. “Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.”

-Saint Augustine of Hippo.

11. "Love, and do what you like."

-Saint Augustine of Hippo.

12. "The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences"

-Saint Augustine of Hippo.

13. "Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity."

-Saint Augustine of Hippo.

14. "Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible."

-Saint Augustine of Hippo.

15. "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 of Hippo.

16. "A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently."

-Saint Augustine of Hippo.

17. "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 of Hippo.

18. “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 of Hippo.

19. "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 of Hippo.

Saint Augustine Quotes On God

If your prayer is honest and your repentance genuine, you will be redeemed.

Many St. Augustine Confessions quotes speak of his connection to God. These quotes talk about his faith and his journey to redemption. Do read these Saint Augustine quotes for a glimpse into his idea of spirituality.

20. “We speak, but it is God who teaches.”

-St Augustine.

21. "Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ: and all for your love's sake."

-St Augustine.

22. “If you understood him, it would not be God.”

-St Augustine.

23. "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you"

-St Augustine.

24. “Christ is not valued at all, unless he is valued above all."

-St Augustine.

25. "Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and thou heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

-St Augustine.

26. "Oh, God, to know you is life. To serve You is freedom. To praise you is the soul's joy and delight."

-St Augustine.

27. "Learn to dance, so when you get to heaven the angels know what to do with you.”

-St Augustine.

28. "O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams. Oh Lord, give me chastity but do not give it yet."

-St Augustine.

29. “The Bible was composed in such a way that as beginners mature, its meaning grows with them.”

-St Augustine.

30. "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us."

-St Augustine.

31. “You are my Lord, because You have no need of my goodness.”

-St Augustine.

32. "Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others."

-St Augustine.

33. "God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail. ”

-St Augustine.

34. "God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering."

-St Augustine

35. “He who denies the existence of God, has some reason for wishing that God did not exist."

-St Augustine.

36. "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."

-St Augustine.

37. "God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.”

-St Augustine.

38. "He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent."

-St Augustine.

39. “God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination"

-St Augustine.

40. “There can only be two basic loves... the love of God unto the forgetfulness of self, or the love of self unto the forgetfulness and denial of God.”

-St Augustine.

41. “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”

-St Augustine.

42. "I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful, but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden."

-St Augustine.

Saint Augustine Quotes For Your Soul

 Just like the food is nourishment for the body, prayer is nourishment for the soul.

St Augustine quotes on love are often called the balm for the body and the mind. He had confessed to indulging in lying, stealing, and adultery. However, he also quotes that despite being a sinner, he too, was redeemed by God.

43. "In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?"

-St Augustine.

44. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

-St Augustine.

45. "There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart."

-St Augustine.

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

-St Augustine.

47. "Patience is the companion of wisdom."

-St Augustine.

48. “There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.”

-St Augustine.

49. "Charity is no substitute for justice withheld."

-St Augustine.

50. "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."

-St Augustine.

51. "Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."

-St Augustine.

52. "In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty."

-St Augustine.

53. "The greatest evil is physical pain."

-St Augustine.

54. "The measure of love is to love without measure.”

-St Augustine.

55. "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."

-St Augustine.

56. “Miracles are not contrary to nature but only contrary to what we know about nature.”

-St Augustine.

57. “Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.”

-St Augustine.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Saint Augustine quotes then why not take a look at St Francis de Sales quotes, or [St Vincent de Paul quotes].

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