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SAINT AURELIUS AUGUSTINE (AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO)
Roman (Numidian-born) religious figure, writer and philosopher
(354 - 430)
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It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.
      - [Unbelief]

Marriage with peace is the world's paradise.
      - [Wedlock]

Poverty is the load of some, and wealth is the load of others, perhaps the greater load of the two. It may weigh them to perdition. Bear the load of thy neighbor's poverty, and let him bear with thee the load of thy wealth. Thou lightenest thy load by lightening his.
      - [Benevolence]

Punishment, that is the justice for the unjust.
      - [Punishment]

Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.
      - [Proverbs]

Suspicion is the poison of true friendship.
      - [Suspicion]

The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?
      - [Honor]

The moral conscience is a truly primitive faculty; it is a particular manner of feeling which corresponds to the goodness of moral actions, as taste is a manner of feeling which corresponds to beauty. Love men, immolate error.
      - [Conscience]

The multitude of fools is a protection to the wise.
      - [Fools]

The rich are like beasts of burden, carrying treasure all day, and at the night of death unladen; they carry to their grave only the bruises and marks of their toil.
      - [Riches]

The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.
      - [Humility]

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

Thou awakest us to delight in Thy praise; for Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless until it repose in Thee.
      - [God]

Thou hast made us for Thyself, and the heart never resteth till it findeth rest in Thee.
      - [Rest]

Trust not the world, for it never payeth that it promiseth.
      - [World]

Wellnigh the whole substance of the Christian discipline is humility.
      - [Humility]

Where is the thief who cannot find bad when he hunts for it?
      - [Sin]

Wine-drinking is the mother of all mischief, the root of crimes, the spring of vices, the whirlwind of the brain, the overthrow of the sense, the tempest of the tongue, the ruin of the body, the shame of life, the stain of honesty, and the plague and corruption of the soul.
      - [Wine and Spirits]

A child of those tears.
  [Lat., Filius istarum lacrymarum.]
      - Confessions (bk. III, 12) [Tears]

From many to make one.
  [Lat., Ex pluribus unum facere.]
      - Confessions (bk. IV, 8, 13) [America]

Now he [Nebridius] lives in Abraham's bosom.
  [Lat., Nunc ille vivit in sinu Abraham.]
      - Confessions (bk. IX, 3) [Heaven]

By-and-by has no end.
  [Lat., Modo, et modo, non habebent modum.]
      - Confessions (bk. VIII, 5, 12) [Time]

Pleasure pursues beautiful objects--what is agreeable to look at, to hear, to smell, to taste, to touch. But curiosity pursues the contraries of these delights with the motive of seeing what the experiences are like, not with a wish to undergo discomfort, but out of a lust for experimenting and knowing.
  What pleasure is to be found in looking at a mangled corpse, an experience which evokes revulsion? Yet wherever one is lying, people crowd around to be made sad and to turn pale.
      - Confessions (bk. X, no. 35) [Pleasure]

He fashioned hell for the inquisitive.
  [Lat., Curiosis fabricavit inferos.]
      - Confessions (bk. XI, ch. XII) [Hell]

The verdict of the world is conclusive.
  [Lat., Securus judicat orbis terrarum.]
      - Contra Epist. Parmen. (III, 24) [World]


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