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Saint Augustine was an early leading Father of the Church, and his inspired writings are still widely quoted today.

Teaching and Education

"Teach that students may become their own teacher. Let us feed our pupils with the right food so that time will come when they will be able to provide their own food." (Serm.155,3,3)

"The first subject students learn is the teacher. Teachers offer themselves for imitation. This is the essence of what people call teaching." (De musica 1,6)

"Free curiosity is a greater encouragement to learning than frightened compulsion." (Conf 1,14)

"Let our searching be such that we can be sure of finding, and let our finding be such that we may go on searching." (De Trin.9.1,1)

  • "Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever; and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow."
  • "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."
  • "God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail."
  • "A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently."
  • "God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them."
  • "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us."
  • "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."
  • "It matters not as much how much you know, but how much you love."
  • "Let us leave a little room for reflection and room too, for silence."

“Let us, you and I lay aside all arrogance. Let neither of us pretend to have found the truth. Let us seek it as something unknown to both of us. Then we may seek it with love and sincerity, when neither of us has the rashness or presumption to believe that we already possess it.”

“I watch over you by virtue of my office, but I also wish to be watched over by you. I am a pastor for you, under the Pastor. From that position I address you as one who teaches, but with you I am a disciple in the school of the one Master”.

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower what will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”


“Return to yourself. Withdraw from all the din. Look inside yourself to find a pleasant, private corner in your consciousness...” (Sermon 52,22)

“Always examine yourselves without self-deception, without flattery, without buttering yourselves up. After all, there is nobody inside you before whom you need feel ashamed, or whom you need to impress. There is someone there, but one who is pleased with humility. Let Him test you. And you, too, test yourself.” (Sermon 169.18)

“Late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you. For see, you were within and I was without, and I sought you out there. Unlovely, I rushed heedlessly among the lovely things you have made. You were with me, but I was not with you.” (Confessions 10,27,38)

“When teachers have explained, using words, all those subjects which they profess to teach, even the science of virtue and wisdom, then the ones we call pupils consider within themselves whether what they have heard is true. This they do by gazing attentively at that interior truth, so far as they are able. Then it is that they learn, when within themselves they discover that what has been taught is true…” (The Teacher 14.45

“You are closer to me than I am to myself.”

“Let know myself that I may know You.” (Soliloquies 2,1,1)


“Honour God in each other.” (Rule 1,8)

“Before all else, beloved, love God and then your neighbour, for these are the chief commandments given to us.” (Rule 1,1)

“God does not demand much of you. He asks back what he gave you, and from him you take what is enough for you. The excesses of the rich are the necessities of the poor. When you possess more than you need, you possess what belongs to others.” (On Psalm 147.12)

“Friendship should not be bounded by narrow limits…. It extends beyond those to whom we owe affection and love, even to enemies, for whom we are commanded to pray. There is no one in the human race to whom we do not owe love, even if not out of mutual love, at least on account of our sharing in a common nature.” (Letter 130.13)

“I admit that when I am wearied by the scandals of the world, I abandon my whole self to the love of friends. I find rest in their love and I can stop worrying, for God is in that person to whom I abandon myself and with whom I feel secure and find rest. Their friendship eases my fear, fear about the incertitude of tomorrow that stems from human fragility…”(Letter 73:10)

‘In an orchestra there are many different instruments. But all are tuned so carefully and played in harmony that the audience only hears one melody. This must be our ideal: to be one orchestra for the Lord.’ (On Psalm 150,8)

Restless Search for Truth

"You have made us for Yourself, O Lord and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” (Confessions 1,1)

Truth conquers and “the victory of truth is love.” (Sermon 358,1)

“Let our searching be such that we can be sure of finding and let our finding be such that we may go on searching.” (The Trinity 9.1,1)

We “understand in order to believe; we believe in order to understand.” (Sermon 43.9)

“Every illness of the soul finds its medicine in the Scriptures.”

“Accordingly, dear reader, whenever you are as certain about something as I am go forward with me; whenever you stick equally fast seek with me; whenever you notice that you have gone wrong come back to me; or that I have, call me back to you.” (The Trinity 1,5,1)

Ongoing Conversion

“It is necessary for a person to let themselves be seized by the Word and change their life.”

“You can judge how much progress you are making by the degree to which you prefer the common good to your own individual interests.” (Rule 5,2)

“Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are anger and courage. Anger that things are the way they are. Courage to make them the way they ought to be.”

“When the truth is eagerly sought, finding it produces greater enjoyment. Found, it is sought again with renewed desire.” (The Trinity 15,2,2)

“As pilgrims on the way, sing in hope, but keep on marching. Are we making progress in good works, in true faith, in right living?

‘‘Bad time, troubled times’, these people say. Let our lives be good, and the times will be good. We make our times; as we are, so are the times.” (Sermon 80,8)

“Become what you are not yet.”

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