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Also known as Aurelius Augustine and St. Augustine of Hippo, he was a Christian theologian, rhetor, North African bishop, Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church, and saint. Some scholars consider him a Neoplatonist as well.
(354 - 430)

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A good conscience is the palace of Christ; the temple of the Holy Ghost; the paradise of delight; the standing Sabbath of the saints.
[Conscience]
 

A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.
 

A wanton eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart.
 

All our life goeth like Penelope's web, and what one hour effects, the next destroys.
 

Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood.
 

Be displeased with what thou art, if thou desirest to attain to what thou art not; for where thou hast pleased thyself, there thou abidest, and if thou sayest I have enough, thou perishest.
 

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.
[Beauty]
 

Before God can deliver us we must undeceive ourselves.
[Repentance]
 

Blessedness consists in the acomplishment of our desires, and in our having only regular desires.
 

By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.
 

By-and-by never comes.
[The Future]
 

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.
[Justice]
 

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
 

Custom is second nature.
 

Do what you can and pray for what you cannot yet do.
[Prayer]
 

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

Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?
 

Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin, which whosoever hath, hath not himself, which whosoever doth commit, doth not commit sin, but he himself is wholly sin.
[Drunkenness]
 

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.
[Faith]
 

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


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