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 Augustine of Hippo Quotes 

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There is no saint saint without a past, no sinner without a future.

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

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

Patience is the companion companion of wisdom.

Complete abstinence abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

In my deepest wound wound I saw your glory, glory, and it dazzled dazzled me.

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

In essentials, unity; in non essentials, liberty; liberty; in all things, charity. charity.

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

The good Christian should beware beware of mathematicians. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine confine man in the bonds of Hell.

Too late came I to love you, O Beauty both so ancient ancient and so new! Too late came I to love you and behold behold you were with me all the time . . .

[Y]ou are not ashamed ashamed of your sin [in committing adultery] adultery] because so many men commit it. Man's wickedness wickedness is now such that men are more ashamed ashamed of chastity than of lechery. Murderers, thieves, perjurers, false witnesses, witnesses, plunderers plunderers and fraudsters are detested detested and hated by people generally, but whoever will sleep with sleep with his servant girl in brazen brazen lechery is liked and admired admired for it, and people make light of the damage to his soul. And if any man has the nerve to say that he is chaste chaste and faithful to his wife and this gets known, he is ashamed ashamed to mix with other men, whose behaviour is not like his, for they will mock mock him and despise despise him and say he's not a real man; for man's wickedness wickedness is now of such proportions that no one is considered considered a man unless he is overcome overcome by lechery, while one who overcomes overcomes lechery and stays chaste chaste is considered considered unmanly.

Does God proclaim proclaim Himself in the wonders of creation? No. All things proclaim proclaim Him, all things speak. Their beauty is the voice by which they announce God, by which they sing, "It is you who made me beautiful, not me myself but you.

Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you. And see, you were within and I was in the external world and sought sought you there, and in my unlovely state I plunged plunged into those lovely created things which you made. You were with me, and I was not with you. The lovely things kept me far from you, though if they did not have their existence existence in you, they had no existence existence at all. You called and cried out loud and shattered shattered my deafness. You were radiant and resplendent, resplendent, you put to flight my blindness. You were fragrant, fragrant, and I drew in my breath and now pant after you. I tasted you, and I feel but hunger and thirst for you. You touched me, and I am set on fire to attain the peace which is yours.

We made bad use of immortality, immortality, and so ended up ended up dying; Christ made good use of mortality, so that we might end up end up living.

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

Life is a misery, misery, death an uncertainty. uncertainty. Suppose it steals steals suddenly upon me, in what state shall I leave this world? When can I learn what I have here neglected to learn? Or is it true that death will cut off and put an end to all care and all feeling? This is something to be inquired inquired into

God grants us not always what we ask so as to bestow bestow something preferable.

Free curiosity has greater power to stimulate stimulate learning than rigorous rigorous coercion. coercion. Nevertheless, Nevertheless, the free ranging flux of curiosity is channeled by discipline under Your Law.

I recall recall how miserable I was, and how one day you brought me to a realization realization of my miserable state. I was preparing to deliver a eulogy eulogy upon the emperor in which I would tell plenty plenty of lies with the object of winning favor with the well informed by my lying; so my heart was panting with anxiety and seething with feverish, corruptive thoughts. As I passed through a certain certain district in Milan I noticed a poor beggar, drunk, as I believe, and making merry. merry. I groaned groaned and pointed out pointed out to the friends who were with me how many hardships hardships our idiotic enterprises entailed. entailed. Goaded Goaded by greed, I was dragging dragging my load of unhappiness along, and feeling it all the heavier for being dragged. dragged. Yet while all our efforts efforts were directed solely to the attainment of unclouded joy, it appeared appeared that this beggar had already beaten us to the goal, a goal which we would perhaps perhaps never reach ourselves. With the help of the few paltry paltry coins he had collected by begging this man was enjoying the temporal temporal happiness for which I strove by so bitter, bitter, devious devious and roundabout roundabout a contrivance. His joy was no true joy, to be sure, but what I was seeking seeking in my ambition ambition was a joy far more unreal; and he was undeniably undeniably happy while I was full of foreboding; foreboding; he was carefree, I apprehensive. apprehensive. If anyone had questioned me as to whether I would rather rather be exhilarated exhilarated or afraid, afraid, I would of course have replied, "Exhilarated"; "Exhilarated"; but if the questioner had pressed me further, further, asking whether I preferred to be like the beggar, or to be as I was then, I would have chosen to be myself, laden laden with anxieties and fears. Surely that would have been no right choice, but a perverse perverse one? I could not have preferred my condition to his on the grounds that I was better educated, because that fact was not for me a source of joy but only the means means by which I sought sought to curry favor with human beings: I was not aiming to teach them but only to win their favor.

What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red hot pokers of jealousy, jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels quarrels

Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate dominate just men.

For great are you, Lord, and you look kindly on look kindly on what is humble, humble, but the lofty lofty minded you regard regard from afar. Only to those whose hearts are crushed crushed do you draw close. You will not let let yourself be found by the proud, nor even by those who in their inquisitive inquisitive skill count stars or grains of sand, or measure the expanses of heaven, or trace the paths of the planets.

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

So you see how endlessly futile futile and fruitless it would be if we wanted to refute refute their objections every time they obstinately obstinately resolved resolved not to think through what they say but merely merely to speak, just so long as they contradict our arguments in any way they can.

O Lord my God, tell me what you are to me. Say to my soul, I am your salvation. salvation. Say it so that I can hear it. My heart is listening, Lord; open the ears of my heart and say to my soul, I am your salvation. salvation. Let Let me run toward this voice and seize seize hold of you. Do not hide hide your face from me: let let me die so that I may see it, for not to see it would be death to me indeed. indeed.

Often Often the contempt of vain vain glory glory becomes a source of even more vain vain glory, glory, for it is not being scorned when the contempt is something one is proud of.

In matters that are so obscure obscure and far beyond beyond our vision, vision, we find in Holy Scripture Scripture passages which can be interpreted interpreted in very different ways without prejudice prejudice to the faith we have received. In such cases, we should not rush rush in headlong and so firmly firmly take our stand on one side that, if further further progress in the search for truth justly undermines undermines this position, we too fall with it.

Every day my conscience makes confession confession relying on relying on the hope of Your mercy as more to be trusted than its own innocence.

Charity Charity is no substitute for justice withheld. withheld.

The happy life is this to rejoice rejoice to thee, in thee, and for thee.

The good man is free, even if he is a slave. slave. The evil evil man is a slave, slave, even if he is a king.

Let Let us, on both sides, lay aside lay aside all arrogance. arrogance. Let Let us not, on either side, claim claim that we have already discovered the truth. Let Let us seek seek it together as something which is known to neither of us. For then only may we seek seek it, lovingly and tranquilly, tranquilly, if there be no bold presumption presumption that it is already discovered and possessed. possessed.

Can human folly harbour a more arrogant arrogant or ungrateful thought than the notion notion that whereas God makes man beautiful in body, man makes himself pure in heart?

Our whole whole business therefore in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen.

You have been professing professing yourself reluctant reluctant to throw off throw off your load of illusion illusion because truth was uncertain. uncertain. Well, it is certain certain now, yet the burden burden still weighs you down weighs you down while other people are given wings on freer shoulders, people who have not worn themselves out worn themselves out with research, nor spent a decade and more reflecting on reflecting on these questions.

Lord Jesus, don't let let me lie when I say that I love you...and protect protect me, for today I could betray betray you.

For whence had that former former sorrow sorrow so easily penetrated penetrated to the quick, but that I had poured out had poured out my soul upon the dust, in loving one who must die?

The wisdom of what a person says is in direct proportion to his progress in learning the holy scriptures scriptures and I am not speaking of intensive reading or memorization, but real understanding and careful investigation of their meaning. meaning. Some people read them but neglect them; by their reading they profit in knowledge, by their neglect they forfeit forfeit understanding.

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