Augustine of Hippo quotes, life advice

Augustine of Hippo


Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430), also known as Saint Augustine, was a theologian, philosopher, and the bishop of Hippo Regius in Numidia, Roman North Africa.



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Augustine of Hippo quotes, life advice

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.

Augustine of Hippo







Augustine of Hippo quotes, life advice

Beauty grows in you to the extent that love grows, because charity itself is the soul’s beauty.

Augustine of Hippo



God and Faith

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

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.

God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails.

God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.

God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.

If you understood him, it would not be God.

Christ is not valued at all, unless he is valued above all.

A Christian should be an Alleluia from head to foot.

The Bible was composed in such a way that as beginners mature, its meaning grows with them.

If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.

Pray as though everything depends on God. And work as if everything depends on you.

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

Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that?

He who sings prays twice.

Our hearts have been made for you, O God, and they shall never rest until they rest in you.

Self-Discovery and Self-Improvement

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.

Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.

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

You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds?

Lay first the foundation of humility.

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us everywhere; for as soon as we glory in our good works they are of no further value to our advancement in virtue.

Give me chastity and continence, but not just yet.

Knowledge, Wisdom

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal.

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.

The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.

Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.

It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.

Hear the other side.

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.

The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page.

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.


He who is filled with love is filled with God himself.

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.

There can only be two basic loves... the love of God unto the forgetfulness of self, or the love of self unto the forgetfulness and denial of God.

The measure of love is to love without measure.

In order to discover the character of people we have only to observe what they love.

He that is jealous is not in love.

With love for mankind and hatred of sins. (often quoted as: Love the sinner and hate the sin)

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop.

Beauty grows in you to the extent that love grows, because charity itself is the soul’s beauty.

Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient and ever new! Late have I loved you! And, behold, you were within me, and I out of myself, and there I searched for you.

Love, and do what you like.


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.

Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by accidents of time, or place, or circumstance, are brought into closer connection with you.

Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.

The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.

For if a thing is not diminished by being shared with others, it is not rightly owned if it is only owned and not shared.

Anger is a weed; hate is the tree.

As the soul is the life of the body, so God is the life of the soul. As therefore the body perishes when the soul leaves it, so the soul dies when God departs from it.

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

The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.

The mind commands the body and is instantly obeyed. The mind commands itself and meets resistance.


Love the sinner and hate the sin.











Dale Carnegie

The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another's keeping.




It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.

If we think happy thoughts, we will be happy. If we think miserable thoughts, we will be miserable.

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.

Today's life – the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto... More








Dale Carnegie

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.




When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.

Personally I am very fond of strawberries and cream, but I have found that for some strange reason, fish prefer worms. So when I went fishing, I didn’t think about what I wanted. I thought about what they wanted. I didn't bait the hook with strawberries and cream. Rather, I dangled a worm or grasshopper in front of the fish and said: "Wouldn't you like to have that?" Why not use the same common sense when fishing for people?”... More