60+ Best Saint Augustine Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Augustine of Hippo, known as Saint Augustine, was a Roman African, Manichaean, early Christian theologian, doctor of the Church, and Neoplatonic philosopher from Numidia whose writings influenced the development of the Western Church and Western philosophy, and indirectly all of Western Christianity. Profoundly inspirational Saint Augustine quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Saint Augustine Quotes

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.

The greatest evil is physical pain.

Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.

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.

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

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

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.

Every where the greater joy is ushered in by the greater pain.

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.

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

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

Let him love to find You while not finding it out, rather than, while finding it out, not to find You.

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

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

Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man’s wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.

To seek the highest good is to live well.

Love is ever new because it never groweth old.

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

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

The purpose of all wars, is peace.

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

Inspirational Saint Augustine Quotes

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

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

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

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

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.

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

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

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

We cannot pass our guardian angel’s bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.

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

The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Amazing Saint Augustine Quotes

He that is jealous is not in love.

I did not yet love, and I loved to love; I sought what I might love, in love with loving.

God is best known in not knowing him.

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.

Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.

Love is the beauty of the soul.

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.

No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.

In order to discover the character of people we have only to observe what they love.

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.

My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed… And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.

A person can do other things against his will, but belief is possible only in one who is willing.

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

Punishment is justice for the unjust.

Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.

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

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

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.

If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe.

The measure of love is to love without measure.

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

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