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Quotations From ST. AUGUSTINE

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  • 1.
    This entire most beautiful order of good things is going to pass away after its measure has been exhausted; for both morning and evening were made in them.
    St. Augustine (354-430), Roman church father. Confessions, XIII, 35.

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  • 2.
    The mind commands the body, and it obeys: the mind commands itself, and it withstands.
    St. Augustine (354-430), Roman church father. Confessions, VIII, 9.
  • 3.
    It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.
    St. Augustine (354-430), Roman church father. Enarrationes in Psalmos, XXXIV, 2.
  • 4.
    To seek the highest good is to live well.
    St. Augustine (354-430), Roman church father. De morbis ecclesiae catholicae, 1, 3, 6.
  • 5.
    The intellectual knowledge of eternal things pertains to wisdom; the rational knowledge of temporal things, to science.
    St. Augustine (354-430), Roman church father. De Trinitate, XII, 15, 25.
  • 6.
    Give me chastity and continence, but not quite yet.
    St. Augustine (354-430), Roman church father. Confessions, VIII, 7.
  • 7.
    What is time, then? If nobody asks me, I know; if I have to explain it to someone who has asked me, I do not know.
    St. Augustine (354-430), Roman church father. Confessions, XI, 14.

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  • 8.
    If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe.
    St. Augustine (354-430), Roman church father. Epistulae, 120, 1, 3.

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  • 9.
    Whoever is still seeking for miracles so that he may believe is himself a wonder, who does not believe while the world around him does.
    St. Augustine (354-430), Roman church father. The City of God, XXII, 8.

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  • 10.
    Faith is believing what you do not see; the reward of faith is to see what you believe.
    St. Augustine (354-430), Roman church father. Sermons, 43, 1.

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