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Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine
Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
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.
Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined.
Sin is its own punishment.
Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.
Unless you believe, you will not understand.
Never judge a philosophy by its abuse.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.