Augustine of Hippo Quotes


That vague and wandering opinion of Deity is declared by an apostle to be ignorance of God:

Prayer is the key that opens heaven; the favors we ask descend upon us the very instant our prayers ascend to God.

This then is true liberty: the joy that comes in doing what is right. At the same time it is also devoted service in obedience to righteous precept.

A sense of Deity is inscribed on every heart. Nay even idolatry is ample evidence of this fact.

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

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

Justice being taken away then what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves but little kingdoms?

If you believe what you like in the Gospel and reject what you don't like it is not the Gospel you believe but yourself.

What is going on in our minds then that we should be more highly delighted at finding cherished objects or having them restored to us than if we had always kept them safe?

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

When it happens that I am more moved by the song than the thing which is sung I confess that I sin in a manner deserving punishment

This disease of curiosity.

It's not in the book or in the writer that readers discern the truth of what they read; they see it in themselves if the light of truth has penetrated their minds.

For what am I to myself without You but a guide to my own downfall?

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.

... the earthly city glories in itself the Heavenly City glories in the Lord.

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

Love the sinner and hate the sin.

Thou hast made us for thyself O Lord and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.

For a prohibition always increases an illicit desire so long as the love of and joy in holiness is too weak to conquer the inclination to sin...

it is a higher gloryto stay war itself with a word than to slay men with the sword and to procure or maintain peace by peace not by war.

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that you may believe but believe that you may understand.

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