No one should be ashamed to admit that they do not know what they do not know, in case while feigning knowledge, they come to deserve to never know.
I am no more than a child, but my Father lives for ever and I have a Protector great enough to save me.
Let the Lord your God be your hope – seek for nothing else from him, but let him himself be your hope. There are people who hope from him riches or perishable and transitory honours, in short they hope to get from God things which are not God himself.
But if you do not wish to die of thirst in the desert, drink charity. This is the fountain the Lord has willed to place here, lest we faint on the way, and we shall drink it more abundantly when we come to the Fatherland.
Augustine taught that true freedom is not choice or lack of constraint, but being what you are meant to be. Humans were created in the image of God. True freedom, then, is not found in moving away from that image but only in living it out.
Do not feel surprise at being schooled amid toil: you are being schooled for a wondrous destiny.
There is no sin unless through a man's own will, and hence the reward when we do right things also of our own
Time takes no holiday. It does not roll idly by, but through our senses works its own wonders in the mind. Time came and went from one day to the next; in its coming and its passing it brought me other hopes and other memories. [quoted in Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo, p. 54]
it is a higher glory... to stay war itself with a word, than to slay men with the sword, and to procure or maintain peace by peace, not by war.
Every visible thing in this world is put in the charge of an Angel.