Inspirational Augustine of Hippo Quotes

Augustine of Hippo (13 November 354 – 28 August 430), was an early Christian theologian and philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Augustine of Hippo Quotes.

He is also known as Saint Augustine, Saint Austin, Blessed Augustine,and the Doctor of Grace. His whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy.

He was the bishop of Hippo Regius (modern-day Annaba, Algeria), located in Numidia (Roman province of Africa). He is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era. Among his most important works are The City of God and Confessions.

Augustine of Hippo Quotes
Augustine of Hippo Quotes

Augustine of Hippo quotes

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Love the sinner and hate the sin.”
― Augustine of Hippo

Augustine of Hippo quotes
Augustine of Hippo quotes

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Augustine of Hippo

“Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“An unjust law is no law at all.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light, — although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“You are my Lord, because You have no need of my goodness.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“If there is something more excellent than the truth, then that is God; if not, then truth itself is God.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“And men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“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.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave.”
― 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.”
― Augustine of Hippo

As a youth I prayed, “Give me chastity and continence, but not right now.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“For evil has no positive nature; but the loss of good has received the name evil.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“The Bible was composed in such a way that as beginners mature, its meaning grows with them.”
Augustine of Hippo quotes

“The mind commands the body and is instantly obeyed. The mind commands itself and meets resistance.”
― 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.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion. Nevertheless, the free ranging flux of curiosity is channeled by discipline under Your Law.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“For what am I to myself without You, but a guide to my own downfall?”
― Augustine of Hippo

“I held my heart back from positively accepting anything, since I was afraid of another fall, and in this condition of suspense I was being all the more killed.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Too late came I to love you, O Beauty both so ancient and so new! Too late came I to love you – and behold you were with me all the time.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“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.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Your best servant is the person who does not attend so much to hearing what he himself wants as to willing what he has heard from you.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“So material a difference does it make, not what ills are suffered, but what kind of man suffers them. For, stirred up with the same movement, mud exhales a horrible stench, and ointment emits a fragrant odor.”
Augustine of Hippo quotes

“I was in misery, and misery is the state of every soul overcome by friendship with mortal things and lacerated when they are lost. Then the soul becomes aware of the misery which is its actual condition even before it loses them.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“You called and shouted and burst my deafness. You flashed, shone, and scattered my blindness. You breathed odors, and I drew in breath and panted for You. I tasted, and I hunger and thirst. You touched me, and I burned for Your peace.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“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.”
― Augustine of Hippo

Augustine of Hippo Quotes
Augustine of Hippo Quotes

“The violence which assails good men to test them, to cleanse and purify them, effects in the wicked their condemnation, ruin, and annihilation.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Love all men, even your enemies; love them, not because they are your brothers, but that they may become your brothers. Thus you will ever burn with fraternal love, both for him who is already your brother and for your enemy, that he may by loving become your brother. … Even he that does not as yet believe in Christ … love him, and love him with fraternal love. He is not yet thy brother, but love him precisely that he may be thy brother.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“The dominion of bad men is hurtful chiefly to themselves who rule, for they destroy their own souls by greater license in wickedness; while those who are put under them in service are not hurt except by their own iniquity.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“No one knows what he himself is made of, except his own spirit within him, yet there is still some part of him which remains hidden even from his own spirit; but you, Lord, know everything about a human being because you have made him…Let me, then, confess what I know about myself, and confess too what I do not know, because what I know of myself I know only because you shed light on me, and what I do not know I shall remain ignorant about until my darkness becomes like bright noon before your face.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“The philosophers who wished us to have the gods for our friends rank the friendship of the holy angels in the fourth circle of society, advancing now from the three circles of society on earth to the universe, and embracing heaven itself.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“To the divine providence it has seemed good to prepare in the world to come for the righteous good things, which the unrighteous shall not enjoy; and for the wicked evil things, by which the good shall not be tormented.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms?”
― Augustine of Hippo

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