Sunday, October 09, 2011

Augustine of Hippo (345-430) -

A marriage without children is the world without the sun. -Augustine quoted in Martin Luther, Table Talk

Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all.- Augustine

Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum.
With love for mankind and hatred of sins. Often quoted as "Love the sinner but hate the sin."
Augustine of Hippo (354-430) e Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (4th ed.)

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

Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. -Augustine of Hippo

God chooses us, not because we believe, but that we may believe. --AUGUSTINE

God is not a deceiver, that he should offer to support us, and then, when we lean upon Him, should slip away from us.... Augustine (354-430)

God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to Your honour and glory. - Augustine

God will not suffer man to have a knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless; and if understanding of his adversity, he would be despairing and senseless. -- Augustine (354-430)

If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you dont like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.-Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are very wise and very beautiful; but I never read in either of them: "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden. - Augustine (354-430)

[I]it is never licit to kill another: even if he should wish it, indeed if he request it, hanging between life and death. nor is it licit even when a sick person is no longer able to live - Augustine

It is not that we keep His commandments first, and that then He loves; but that He loves us, and then we keep His commandments. This is that grace, which is revealed to the humble, but hidden from the proud.... Augustine (354-430)

Man is immortal until his work is done. - Augustine

No one is really happy merely because he has what he wants, but only if he wants things he ought to want. --- Augustine

Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without grace.--- Augustine

O God, Thou hast made us for thyself, and ours hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee. ---AUGUSTINE

Other sins find their vent in the accomplishment of evil deeds, whereas pride lies in wait for good deeds, to destroy them.---Augustine (354-430)

Scratching lust's itchy sore. --Augustine

Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special regard to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you. -- Augustine of Hippo

There is one case of death-bed repentance recorded, that of the penitent thief, that none should despair; and only one, that none should presume. --Augustine (354-430)

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

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. -- Augustine of Hippo

To see God is the promised goal of all our actions and the promised height of all our joys. ---Augustine

Trust the past to God's mercy, the present to God's love and the future to God's providence. -- Augustine

We are ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God. ---Augustine

We need not despair of any man, so long as he lives. For God deemed it better to bring good out of evil than not to permit evil at all. -- Augustine (345-430)

It is significant that in Holy Scripture no passage can be found enjoining or permitting suicide either in order to hasten our entry into immortality or to void or avoid temporal evils. God's command, "thou shalt not kill," is to be taken as forbidding self-destruction, especially as it does not add 'thy neighbor,' as it does when it forbids false witness, 'Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbor,' However, no one should think he is guiltless when be bears false witness against himself, since the duty to love one's neighbor is measured by the love of oneself, as it is written, "thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." --. Augustine, City of God, Chapter 20

Samson crushed himself and his enemies to death beneath the ruins of a building. He can only be excused on the grounds that the Spirit of the Lord, who wrought miracles through him, had bidden him to do so. But, apart from such men excepted by the command of a just law in general or of God, the very Source of justice, in a special case, any one who kills a human being, himself or another, is guilty of murder.
Augustine, City of God, Book 1, Chapter 21, Image Books, Doubleday,1958:

There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other.... The Confessions [397] of Augustine (354-430)

The single desire that dominated my search for delight was simply to love and to be loved. --Augustine, The Confessions

Wonderful is the depth of thy words, whose surface is before us, gently leading on the little ones: and yet a wonderful deepness, O my God, a wonderful deepness. It is awe to look into it; even an awfulness of honour, and a trembling of love.... Augustine (345-430), Confessions

My will was perverse and lust had grown from it, and when I gave in to lust, habit was born; and when I did not resist the habit, it became a necessity. These were the links which together formed what I have called my chain, and it held me fast in the duress of servitude. -- Augustine (354-430) _Confessions_ [397-401], Part VIII, Section 5

I have no hope at all but in thy great mercy. Grant what thou commandest and command what thou wilt. Thou dost enjoin on us continence...Truly by continence are we bound together and brought back into that unity from which we were dissipated into a plurality. For he loves thee too little who loves anything together with thee, which he does not love not for thy sake. O love that ever burnest and art never quenched! O Charity, my God, enkindle me! Thou commandest continence. Grant what thou commandest and command what thou wilt. -AUGUSTINE, Confessions(X,40)

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.- Augustine (354-430) Ioannis Evangelium

Let the reader, where we are equally confident, stride on with me; where we are equally puzzled, pause to investigate with me; where he finds himself in error, come to my side; where he finds me erring, call me to his side. So that we may keep to the path, in love, as we fare on toward Him, 'whose face is ever to be sought.' -- Augustine of Hippo, The Trinity 1.5

1 comment:

bwsmith said...

Refreshing -- thanks