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SAINT AURELIUS AUGUSTINE (AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO)
Roman (Numidian-born) religious figure, writer and philosopher
(354 - 430)
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If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning, it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know it what does the formula teach me?
      - De Magistro (ch. X, 23) [Formula]

God is best known in not knowing him.
  [Ger., Deus scitur melius nesciendo.]
      - De Ordine (II, 16) [God]

The soul, which is spirit, can not dwell in dust; it is carried along to dwell in the blood.
  [Lat., Anima certe, quia spiritus, in sicco habitare non potest; ideo in sanguine fertur habitare.]
      - Decretum (IX, 32, 2) [Soul]

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe, that thou mayest understand.
      - In Ioannis Evangelium [Understanding]

We make a ladder for ourselves of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot.
  [Lat., De vitiis nostris scalam nobis facimus, si vitia ipsa calcamus.]
      - Sermon 3--De Ascensione [Vice]

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.
  [Lat., Spiritalis enim virtus sacramenti ita est ut lux: etsi per immundos transeat, non inquinatur.]
      - Works (vol. III) [Corruption]


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