Interesting Quotes by Saint Augustine

I ran into this quote by Saint Augustine today. “God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.” I found it interesting. I looked it up and found a few other interesting quotes. I have collected them here for my future reference.

220px-Augustine_Lateran“God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.”

– Saint Augustine of Hippo, Enchiridion (c. 420 ), Ch. 27

“Therefore do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.”

– Saint Augustine of Hippo, As quoted in Ten Homilies on the First Epistle of John Tractate XXIX on John 7:14-18

“Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.”

– Saint Augustine of Hippo,As quoted in Majority of One (1957) by Sydney J. Harris, p. 283

“Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”

– Saint Augustine of Hippo, As quoted in Spirituality and Liberation: Overcoming the Great Fallacy (1988) by Robert McAfee Brown, p. 136

“Love the sinner and hate the sin.”

– Saint Augustine of Hippo, Opera Omnia, Vol II. Col. 962, letter 211

“An unjust law is no law at all.”

– Saint Augustine of Hippo, On Free Choice Of The Will, Book 1, § 5

“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.”

– Saint Augustine of Hippo, As quoted in Quote, Unquote (1977) by Lloyd Cory, p. 197

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

– Saint Augustine of Hippo, As translated in The Little Book of Bathroom Philosophy : Daily Wisdom from the Greatest Thinkers (2004) by Gregory Bergman, p. 50

“That wicked nation perpetrated a very large number of crimes,
They sacrificed to idols and may prophets were put to death,
Yet not a single one of the righteous withdrew from unity.
The righteous endured the unrighteous while waiting for the winnower:
They all mingled in one temple but were not mingled in their hearts;
They said such things against them yet they had a single altar.”

– Saint Augustine of Hippo, Early Christian Latin Poets, 2000, Carolinne White, Routledge, London, ISBN 0415187826 ISBN 9780415187824 p. 55. [6]

“Already I had learned from thee that because a thing is eloquently expressed it should not be taken to be as necessarily true; nor because it is uttered with stammering lips should it be supposed false. Nor, again, is it necessarily true because rudely uttered, nor untrue because the language is brilliant. Wisdom and folly both are like meats that are wholesome and unwholesome, and courtly or simple words are like town-made or rustic vessels — both kinds of food may be served in either kind of dish.”

– Saint Augustine of Hippo, Confessions (c. 397)

“Christ is still suffering, not in His own flesh which He took with Him into heaven, but in my flesh, which is still suffering on earth.”

– Saint Augustine of Hippo,On the Mystical Body of Christ, p.423


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