138+ 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

Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever; and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow. – Saint Augustine

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement. – Saint Augustine

Lord, teach me to know you, and to know myself. – Saint Augustine

God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination. – Saint Augustine

I did not find you outside, O Lord, because I made the mistake of seeking outside you who were within – Saint Augustine

The wicked exist in this world either to be converted or that through them the good may exercise patience. – Saint Augustine

Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness – Saint Augustine

Love, and He will draw near; love, and He will dwell within you. – Saint Augustine

That one woman is both mother and virgin, not in spirit only but even in body. In spirit she is mother, not of our head, who is our Savior himself-of whom all, even she herself, are rightly called children of the bridegroom-but plainly she is the mother of us who are his members, because by love she has cooperated so that the faithful, who are the members of that head, might be born in the Church. In body, indeed, she is the Mother of that very head. – Saint Augustine

It is a sin to judge any man by his post – Saint Augustine

Things are solved by walking around. – Saint Augustine

Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: ‘This is My Body.’ No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it. – Saint Augustine

I do not comprehend all that I am. Is the mind, therefore, too limited to possess itself? – Saint Augustine

What then, is correctness of speech but the maintenance of the practice of others, as established by the authority of ancient speakers? But the weaker men are, the more they are troubled by such matters. Their weakness stems from a desire to appear learned, not with a knowledge of things, by which we are edified, but with a knowledge of signs, by which it is difficult not to be puffed up in some way; even a knowledge of things often makes people boastful, unless their necks are held down by the Lord’s yoke. – Saint Augustine

Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without grace . – Saint Augustine

Any woman who does not give birth to as many children as she is capable is guilty of murder. – Saint Augustine

Late have I loved you, O beauty ever ancient, ever new. Late have I loved you. You have called to me, and have called out, and have shattered my deafness. You have blazed forth with light and have put my blindness to flight! You have sent forth fragrance, and I have drawn in my breath, and I pant after you. I have tasted you, and I hunger and thirst after you. You have touched me, and I have burned for your peace. – Saint Augustine

Grant what Thou commandest, and command what Thou wilt. – Saint Augustine

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. – Saint Augustine

I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write. – Saint Augustine

Let the Lord your God be your hope – seek for nothing else from him, but let him himself be your hope. There are people who hope from him riches or perishable and transitory honours, in short they hope to get from God things which are not God himself. – Saint Augustine

For where I found Truth, there found I my God, the Truth itself; which since I learnt, I have not forgotten. – Saint Augustine

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

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

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

What art Thou then, my God? what, but the Lord God? For who is Lord but the Lord? or who is God save our God? Most highest, most good, most potent, most omnipotent; most merciful, yet most just; most hidden, yet most present; most beautiful, yet most strong; stable, yet incomprehensible; unchangeable, yet all-changing; never new, never old; all-renewing, and bringing age upon the proud, and they know it not; ever working, ever at rest; still gathering, yet nothing lacking; supporting, filling, and overspreading; creating, nourishing, and maturing; seeking, yet having all things. – Saint Augustine

Except he be willing, man cannot believe. – Saint Augustine

eternal truth and true love and beloved eternity! You are my God; to you I sigh by day and by night. And when I first knew you, you raised me up so that I could see that there was something to see and that I still lacked the ability to see it. And you beat back the weakness of my sight, blazing upon me with your rays, and I trembled in love and in dread. – Saint Augustine

The law detects, grace alone conquers sin. – Saint Augustine

He who commends the nature of the soul as the supreme good, and condemns the nature of the flesh as evil, at once both carnally desires the soul, and carnally flies the flesh, because he feels thus from human vanity, not from divine truth. – Saint Augustine

The entire life of a good Christian is in fact an exercise of holy desire. You do not yet see what you long for, but the very act of desiring prepares you, so that when he comes you may see and be utterly satisfied. – Saint Augustine

If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing. – Saint Augustine

It is not the being seen of men that is wrong, but doing these things for the purpose of being seen of men. The problem with the hypocrite is his motivation. He does not want to be holy; he only wants to seem to be holy. He is more concerned with his reputation for righteousness than about actually becoming righteous. The approbation of men matters more to him than the approval of God. – Saint Augustine

Quid est ergo tempus? Si nemo ex me quaerat, scio; si quaerenti explicare velim, nescio. What, then, is time? I know well enough what it is, provided that nobodyasksme; but if Iamasked what it is and try to explain, I am baffled. – Saint Augustine

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

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

The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave, and not the slave of a single man, but- what is worse – the slave of as many masters as he has vices. – Saint Augustine

Be always displeased with what you are if you wish to be what you are not. Always add, always walk, always proceed. Neither stand still nor go back nor deviate. – Saint Augustine

The Bible was composed in such a way that as beginners mature, its meaning grows with them. – Saint Augustine

God will cleanse your sins if you yourself are dissatisfied with yourself and will keep on changing until you are perfect. – Saint Augustine

God does not expect us to submit our faith to him without reason, but the very limits of our reason make faith a necessity. – Saint Augustine

Indifferent acts are judged by their ends sins are judged by themselves. – Saint Augustine

I believe in order to understand – Saint Augustine

Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ; rest your weary ones; bless your dying ones; soothe your suffering ones; pity your afflicted ones; shield your joyous ones; and all for your love’s sake. Amen. – Saint Augustine

Lord, grant that I may do Thy will as if it were my will, so that Thou mayest do my will as if it were Thy will. – Saint Augustine

God Almighty would in no way permit evil in His works were He not so omnipotent and good that even out of evil He could work good. – Saint Augustine

We take for granted the slow miracle whereby water in the irrigation of a vineyard becomes wine. It is only when Christ turns water into wine, in a quick motion, as it were, that we stand amazed. – Saint Augustine

He who thinks he lives without sin puts aside not sin, but pardon. – Saint Augustine

God in his omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom He knew not how to give more, in His riches He had not more to give, than the Eucharist. – Saint Augustine

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. – Saint Augustine

Man’s maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witnesses, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die. – Saint Augustine

Even the straws under my knees shout to distract me from prayer – Saint Augustine

We do not sin when we adore Christ in the Eucharist; we do sin when we do not adore Christ in the Eucharist. – Saint Augustine

A temptation arises: it is the wind. It disturbs you: it is the surging of the seas. This is the time to awaken Christ and let Him remind you of these words – Saint Augustine

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

Lust indulged became habit, and habit unresisted became necessity. – Saint Augustine

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being little. 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. Modest humility is beauty’s crown. – Saint Augustine

Punishment is justice for the unjust. – Saint Augustine

Whoever, then, thinks that he understands the Holy Scriptures, or any part of them, but puts such an interpretation upon them as does not tend to build up this twofold love of God and our neighbor, does not yet understand them as he ought. – Saint Augustine

The peace of the celestial city is the perfectly ordered and harmonious enjoyment of God, and of one another in God. (City of God, Book 19) – Saint Augustine

Education is the food of youth, the delight of old age, the ornament of prosperity, the refuge and comfort of adversity, and the provocation to grace in the soul. – Saint Augustine

The good Christian should beware the mathematician and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of hell. – Saint Augustine

The will is truly free, when it is not the slave of vices and sins. – Saint Augustine

You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run. – Saint Augustine

There are wolves within, and there are sheep without. – Saint Augustine

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

Hope has two lovely daughters, anger and courage. – Saint Augustine

No one knows what he himself is made of, except his own spirit within him, yet there is still some part of him which remains hidden even from his own spirit; but you, Lord, know everything about a human being because you have made him…Let me, then, confess what I know about myself, and confess too what I do not know, because what I know of myself I know only because you shed light on me, and what I do not know I shall remain ignorant about until my darkness becomes like bright noon before your face. – Saint Augustine

Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us everywhere; for as soon as we glory in our good works they are of no further value to our advancement in virtue. – Saint Augustine

A man may lose the good things of this life against his will; but if he loses the eternal blessings, he does so with his own consent. – Saint Augustine

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty. – Saint Augustine

Understanding is the reward of faith. – Saint Augustine

If God is, why is there evil? But if God is not, why is there good? – Saint Augustine

Imagine the vanity of thinking that your enemy can do you more damage than your enmity. – Saint Augustine

For why, my brothers and sisters, would you rejoice in silver? Either your silver will perish, or you will, and no one knows which will perish first. For neither can you remain here always, nor can silver remain here always; so also with gold, wardrobes, houses, money, real estate-and in the end, even the light by which we enjoy all these things. So do not be willing then to rejoice in such things as these. Rejoice instead in the light that has no setting; rejoice in the dawn which no yesterday precedes, and no tomorrow follows. – Saint Augustine

There is no greater invitation to love than loving first. – Saint Augustine

Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation. – Saint Augustine

Nothing, therefore, happens unless the Omnipotent wills it to happen. He either permits it to happen, or He brings it about Himself. – Saint Augustine

Better to have fewer wants than greater riches to supply increasing wants. – Saint Augustine

We are too weak to discover the truth by reason alone – Saint Augustine

Anger is a weed; hate is a tree – Saint Augustine

Your first task is to be dissatisfied with yourself, fight sin, and transform yourself into something better. Your second task is to put up with the trials and temptations of this world that will be brought on by the change in your life and to persevere to the very end in the midst of these things. – Saint Augustine

Beauty is the brilliance of truth. – Saint Augustine

Every visible thing in this world is put in the charge of an angel. – Saint Augustine

The sky and the earth and the waters and the things that are in them, the fishes, and the birds and the trees are not evil. All these are good; it is evil men who make this evil world. – Saint Augustine

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

Our heart is restless until it rests in You. – Saint Augustine

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

Love is ever new because it never groweth old. – Saint Augustine

A free curiosity is more effective in learning than a rigid discipline. – Saint Augustine

Since God is the highest good, he would not allow any evil to exist in his works unless his omnipotence and goodness were such as to bring good even out of evil. – Saint Augustine

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

What grace is meant to do is to help good people, not to escape their sufferings, but to bear them with a stout heart, with a fortitude that finds its strength in faith. – Saint Augustine

The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder. – Saint Augustine

Yet we must say something when those who say the most are saying nothing. – Saint Augustine

When God is our strength, it is strength indeed; when our strength is our own, it is only weakness. – Saint Augustine

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. – Saint Augustine

Do what you can and pray for what you cannot yet do. – Saint Augustine

Do not be afraid to throw yourself on the Lord! He will not draw back and let you fall! Put your worries aside and throw yourself on him; He will welcome you and heal you. – Saint Augustine

Love God, and do what you like. – Saint Augustine

Peace in society depends upon peace in the family. – Saint Augustine

Love and say it with your life. – Saint Augustine

The measure of love is to love without measuring. – Saint Augustine

It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed. – Saint Augustine

No one can begin a new life, unless he repent of the old. – Saint Augustine

Sin is looking for the right thing in the wrong place. – Saint Augustine

Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. – Saint Augustine

Let us leave a little room for reflection in our lives, room too for silence. Let us look within ourselves and see whether there is some delightful hidden place inside where we can be free of noise and argument. Let us hear the Word of God in stillness and perhaps we will then come to understand it. – Saint Augustine

What is reprehensible is that while leading good lives themselves and abhorring those of wicked men, some, fearing to offend, shut their eyes to evil deeds instead of condemning them and pointing out their malice. – 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. – Saint Augustine

We should never use the truth to wound. – Saint Augustine

He who is filled with love is filled with God himself. – Saint Augustine

Every morning you put on your clothes to cover your nakedness and protect your body from inclement weather. Why don’t you also clothe your soul with the garment of faith? Remember each morning the truths of your creed, and look at yourself in the mirror of your faith. Otherwise, your soul will soon be naked with the nakedness of oblivion. – Saint Augustine

The cost of obedience is small compared with the cost of disobedience. – Saint Augustine

Attract them by the way you live. – Saint Augustine

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

A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps. – Saint Augustine

If God seems slow in responding, it is because He is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for His greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart. – Saint Augustine

Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him. – Saint Augustine

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future. – Saint Augustine

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

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. – Saint Augustine

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

Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God. – Saint Augustine

If you are silent, be silent out of love. If you speak, speak out of love. – Saint Augustine

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. – Saint Augustine

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

God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail. – Saint Augustine

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

Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence. – Saint Augustine

God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to your honor and glory. – Saint Augustine

God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them. – Saint Augustine

Patience is the companion of wisdom. – Saint Augustine

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

He who has God has everything; he who has everything but God has nothing. – Saint Augustine

Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times. – Saint Augustine

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

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