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The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 4: Chapter 16

CHAPTER XVI—HE VERY EASILY UNDERSTOOD THE LIBERAL ARTS AND THE CATEGORIES OF ARISTOTLE, BUT WITHOUT TRUE FRUIT. And what did it profit me, that scarce twenty years old, a book of Aristotle, which they call the ten Predicaments, falling into my hands (on whose very …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 4: Chapter 13-15

CHAPTER XIII—LOVE ORIGINATES FROM GRACE, AND BEAUTY ENTICING US. These things I then knew not, and I loved these lower beauties, and I was sinking to the very depths, and to my friends I said, “Do we love anything but the beautiful? What then is …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 4: Chapter 10-12

CHAPTER X—THAT ALL THINGS EXIST THAT THEY MAY PERISH, AND THAT WE ARE NOT SAFE UNLESS GOD WATCHES OVER US. Turn us, O God of Hosts, show us Thy countenance, and we shall be whole. For whithersoever the soul of man turns itself, unless toward …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 4: Chapter 7-9

CHAPTER VII—TROUBLED BY RESTLESSNESS AND GRIEF, HE LEAVES HIS COUNTRY A SECOND TIME FOR CARTHAGE. O madness, which knowest not how to love men, like men! O foolish man that I then was, enduring impatiently the lot of man! I fretted then, sighed, wept, was …