Augustine on Beauty

If the things of this world delight you, praise God for them but turn your love away from them and give it to their Maker, so that in the things that please you you may not displease him…The good things which you love are all from God, but they are good and sweet only as long as they are used to do his will. They will rightly turn bitter if God is spurned and the things that come from him are wrongly loved.

— St. Augustine, Confessions


Saint Augustine, Confessions, trans. R.S. Pine-Coffin (London: Penguin Books, 1961), 82.

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