Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430) was a Roman African, early Christian theologian and philosopher from Numidia whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius in north Africa and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity. Among his most important works are The City of God, De doctrina Christiana and Confessions.
Quotes by Saint Augustine of Hippo…
How can He grant you what you do not desire to receive?
Before God can deliver us from ourselves, we must undeceive ourselves.
A happy life is joy in the truth.
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined.
You do not see God. Love and you possess him… for God offers himself to us at once. Love me, he cries to us, and you shall possess me. You cannot love me without possessing me.
It is love that asks, that seeks, that knocks, that finds, and that is faithful to what it finds.
It is right for us to be exhorted so to love wisdom that we most eargerly seek it as our treasure, acquire more and more of it, suffer many trials, restrain desires, ponder the future, so that we may preserve innocence and beneficence. Whenever we act in this way we are in possession of true virtues, because our objective is true that is in harmony with our nature in reference to salvation and true happiness.
O God, deliver me from the multitude of words within my own soul.
Grace is not bestowed according to human merits; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. For grace is so designated because it is given gratuitously.