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God will not suffer man to have the knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity he would be careless; and understanding of his adversity he would be senseless.

Knowledge Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Picture God as saying to you, "My son, why is it that day by day you rise, and pray, and genuflect, and even strike the ground with your forehead, nay sometimes even shed tears, while you say to Me: 'My Father, give me wealth!' If I were to give it to you, you would think yourself of some importance, you would fancy that you had gained something very great. Because you asked for it, you have it. But take care to make good use of it. Before you had it, you were humble; now that you have begun to be rich you despise the poor. What kind of a good is that which only makes you worse? For worse you are, since you were bad already. And that it would make you worse you knew not; hence you asked it of Me. I gave it to you, and I proved you; you have found -- and you have found out! Ask of Me better things than these, greater things than these. Ask of Me spiritual things. Ask of Me Myself!".

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Feast of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Teacher, 430 Too late came I to love thee, O thou Beauty so ancient and so fresh, yea too late came I to love thee. And behold, thou wert within me, and I out of myself, where I made search for thee: I ugly rushed headlong upon those beautiful things thou hast made. Thou indeed wert with me; but I was not with thee: these beauties kept me far enough from thee: even those, which unless they were in thee, should not be at all.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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What is Christ's joy in us, but that He deigns to rejoice on our account? And what is our Joy, which He says shall be full, but to have fellowship with Him? He had perfect joy on our account, when He rejoiced in foreknowing and predestinating us; but that joy was not in us, because we did not then exist; it began to be in us, when He called us. And this joy we rightly call our own, this joy wherewith we shall be blessed; which is begun in the faith of them who are born again, and shall be fulfilled in the reward of them who rise again.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Feast of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Teacher, 430 But when does flesh receive the bread which He calls His flesh? The faithful know and receive the Body of Christ if they labor to be the body of Christ; and they become the body of Christ if they study to live by the Spirit of Christ: for that which lives by the Spirit of Christ is the body of Christ.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Commemoration of Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922 The truth is neither mine nor his nor another's; but belongs to us all whom Thou callest to partake of it, warning us terribly, not to account it private to ourselves, lest we be deprived of it.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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The people who remained victorious were less like conquerors than conquered.

Victory Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.

Inspirational Quotes, by St. Augustine

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God is not a deceiver, that he should offer to support us, and then, when we lean upon Him, should slip away from us.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Commemoration of Margery Kempe, Mystic, after 1433 One can say: "I will, but my body does not obey me"; but not: "My will does not obey me".

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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He enters by the door who enters by Christ, who imitates the suffering of Christ, who is acquainted with the humility of Christ so as to feel and know that, if God became man for us, men should not think themselves God, but men. He who, being man, wishes to appear God, does not imitate Him who, being God, became man. Thou art not bid to think less of thyself than thou art, but to know what thou art.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Thou hast commanded, and so it is, that every inordinate affection should be its own punishment.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Feast of Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher, 367 Commemoration of Kentigern (Mungo), Missionary Bishop in Strathclyde & Cumbria, 603 He enters by the door who enters by Christ, who imitates the suffering of Christ, who is acquainted with the humility of Christ so as to feel and know that, if God became man for us, men should not think themselves God, but men. He who, being man, wishes to appear God, does not imitate Him who, being God, became man. Thou art not bid to think less of thyself than thou art, but to know what thou art.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

Relationships Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.

Relationships Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

Abstinence Quotes, by St. Augustine

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My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed.... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by St. Augustine

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In an authority so high [as Scripture], admit but one officious lie, and there will not remain a single passage of those apparently difficult to practice or to believe, which on the same most pernicious rule may not be explained as a lie uttered by the author willfully to serve a purpose.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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But when does flesh receive the bread which He calls His flesh? The faithful know and receive the Body of Christ if they labor to be the body of Christ; and they become the body of Christ if they study to live by the Spirit of Christ: for that which lives by the Spirit of Christ is the body of Christ.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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When the will abandons what is above itself and turns to what is lower, it becomes evil -- not because that is evil to which it turns, but because the turning itself is wicked. Therefore it is not an inferior thing which has made the will evil, but it is itself which has become so by wickedly and inordinately desiring an inferior thing.

Christianity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Punishment is justice for the unjust.

Melancholy Quotes, by St. Augustine

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The people who remained victorious were less like conquerors than conquered.

Politics / government Quotes, by St. Augustine

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Lord, Make me chaste, but not yet

Chastity Quotes, by St. Augustine

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