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Aurelius Augustinus, Augustine of Hippo, or Saint Augustine (354-430) was a philosopher, theologian, and was bishop of the North African city of Hippo Regius for the last part of his life. Augustine is one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity.

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Love is the beauty of the soul.


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Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.


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


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


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What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.


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He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.


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Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.


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


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Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.


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The greatest evil is physical pain.


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There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.


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Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.


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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.


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Punishment is justice for the unjust.


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The purpose of all wars, is peace.


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It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.


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Love, and do what you like.


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To seek the highest good is to live well.


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


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


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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.


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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.


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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.


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Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.


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Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.

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