Here are twenty helpful, insightful, and powerful quotes from Augustine’s Confessions translated by Henry Chadwick.

20 Quotes from Augustine’s Confessions:

“You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”

“I was not disobedient because I hated learning, but I was disobedient because I loved sports more.”

“What is more pitiful than a wretch without pity for himself?”

“Behavior does not change…when one advances to later stages in life.”

“I was burning to find satisfaction in hellish pleasures. I ran wildly in the shadowy jungle of erotic adventures.”

“The single desire that dominated my search for delight was simply to love and to be loved.”

“I used to make up stories so that my chastity wouldn’t be viewed as inferiority.”

“I loved the self-destruction. I loved my fall, not the object for which I had fallen, but the fall itself.”

“I was captured by theatrical shows. They were full of representations of my own miseries…”

“Evil has no existence except as a privation of good.”

“From 19-28 my life was one of being seduced and seducing, being deceived and deceiving.”

“Without you, what am I to myself, but a guide to my own self-destruction.”

“If physical objects give you pleasure, thank God for them and return love to their Maker lest, in the things that please you, you displease Him.”

“It is by climbing up against God that you have fallen.”

“Free choice of the will is the reason why we do wrong and suffer your just judgement.”

“You use human authorities set over us to do something for the health of our souls.”

“Stir up the heart when people read and hear the wickedness, which you have forgiven and covered up to grant me happiness.”

“My Lord, every day my conscience makes confession, relying on the hope of your mercy.”

“What matters is not what is collected with the hands, but what is collected in the mind and the heart.”

“My entire hope is exclusively in your very great mercy.”