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Confessions Quotes

24 of the best book quotes from Confessions
  1. #1
    “My God, you had mercy on me even before I had confessed to you; but I now confess that all this was because I tried to find you, not through the understanding of the mind, by which you meant us to be superior to the beasts, but through the sense of the flesh.”
  2. #2
    “Let the strong and mighty laugh at men like me: let us, the weak and the poor, confess our sins to you.”
  3. #3
    “The truth, of course, was that it was all my own self, and my own impiety had divided me against myself. My sin was all the more incurable because I did not think myself a sinner.”
  4. #4
    “But my sin was this, that I looked for pleasure, beauty, and truth not in him but in myself and his other creatures, and the search led me instead to pain, confusion, and error.”
  5. #5
    “You alone are the life which never dies and the wisdom that needs no light besides itself, but illumines all who need to be enlightened, the wisdom that governs the world, down to the leaves that flutter on the trees.”
  6. #6
    “Tears alone were sweet to me, for in my heart’s desire they had taken the place of my friend.”
  7. #7
    “All who know the truth know this Light, and all who know this Light know eternity.”
  8. #8
    “I learned it without being forced by threats of punishment, because it was my own wish to be able to give expression to my thoughts.”
  1. #9
    “Where could my heart find refuge from itself? Where could I go, yet leave myself behind? Was there any place where I should not be a prey to myself? None.”
  2. #10
    “I lived in misery, like every man whose soul is tethered by the love of things that cannot last and then is agonized to lose them.”
  3. #11
    “But we did not relinquish out worldly aims, because we could not see the light of any truth that we might grasp in place of them.”
  4. #12
    “All these things, and their like can be occasions of sin because, good though they are, they are of the lowest order of good, and if we are too much tempted by them we abandon those higher and better things, your truth, your law, and you yourself, O Lord our God.”
  5. #13
    “My sorrows are evil and they are at strife with joys that are good, and I cannot tell which will gain the victory.”
  6. #14
    “We can see from this that the soul is weak and helpless unless it clings to the firm rock of truth. Men give voice to their opinions, but they are only opinions, like so many puffs of wind that waft the soul hither and tither and make it veer and turn.”
  7. #15
    “Who can recall to me the sins I committed as a baby? For in your sight no man is free from sin, not even a child who has lived only one day on earth.”
  8. #16
    “What an abomination! What a parody of life! What abysmal death! Could I enjoy doing wrong for no other reason than that it was wrong?”

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  1. #17
    “Even when I bore the pain of my search valiantly, in silence, the mute sufferings of my soul were loud voices calling to your mercy. You knew what I endured, but no man knew.”
  2. #18
    “They have no knowledge of the thoughts in his mind, but they are in love with their own opinions, not because they are true, but because they are their own […] If, on the other hand, they love them because they are true, they are both theirs and mine, for they are the common property of all lovers of the truth.”
  3. #19
    “All my empty dreams suddenly lost their charm and my heart began to throb with a bewildering passion for the wisdom of eternal truth.”
  4. #20
    “The more unscrupulous I was, the greater my reputation was likely to be, for men are so blind that they even take pride in their blindness.”
  5. #21
    “My inner self was a house divided against itself.”
  6. #22
    “Grief eats away its heart for the loss of things which it took pleasure in desiring, because it wants to be like you, from whom nothing can be taken away.”
  7. #23
    “Even though it clings to things of beauty, if their beauty is outside God and outside the soul, it only clings to sorrow.”
  8. #24
    “True happiness is to rejoice in the truth, for to rejoice in the truth is to rejoice in you, O God, who are the Truth, you, my God, my true Light, to whom I look for salvation.”
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