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Saint Augustine of Hippo

(354-430AD) Numidian-born Philosopher, Theologian

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

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

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

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

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

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

Free curiosity is of more value than harsh discipline.

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

He that is jealous is not in love.

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

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

Punishment is justice for the unjust.

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

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

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.