St. Augustine of Hippo Quotes and Sayings

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

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. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

Christ is not valued at all, unless he is valued above all. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

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. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

Oh, God, to know you is life. To serve You is freedom. To praise you is the soul’s joy and delight. Guard me with the power of Your grace here and in all places. Now and at all times, forever. Amen. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

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 of Hippo

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

People travel to wonder
at the height of the mountains,
at the huge waves of the seas,
at the long course of the rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and yet they pass by themselves
without wondering. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

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 of Hippo

Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

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 as they are. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

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. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

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

Patience is the companion of wisdom. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

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 of Hippo

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

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

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

Miracles are not contrary to nature but only contrary to what we know about nature. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by accidents of time, or place, or circumstance, are brought into closer connection with you. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never moved on to become the past, it would not be time, but eternity. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

Pray as though everything depends on God. And work as if everything depends on you. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

If you understood him, it would not be God. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

Unless you believe, you will not understand. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

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 you there, and in my unlovely state I 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 in you, they had no existence at all. You called and cried out loud and shattered my deafness. You were radiant and resplendent, you put to flight my blindness. You were 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. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

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