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  • Swift, Pope, Defoe, Stevenson, Saint Augustine, Aristotle, Virgil, Plutarch.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • There were certain names which he often pronounced to support whatever things he might be saying,—Voltaire, Raynal, Parny, and, singularly enough, Saint Augustine.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I’m talking about clear minds writing in clear language—the predictions of Saint Augustine, Sir Francis Bacon, Newton, Einstein, the list goes on and on, all anticipating a transformative moment of enlightenment.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • She—and how many more—might have ironically said to God with Saint Augustine: "Thou hast counselled a better course than Thou hast permitted."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles

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  • He treated the classical writers with a household familiarity, as if they had all been his roommates at some period, and he knew many things that should not have been known, such as the fact that Saint Augustine wore a wool jacket under his habit that he did not take off for fourteen years and that Arnaldo of Villanova, the necromancer, was impotent since childhood because of a scorpion bite.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Then it had been a stuck-up rich kids’ prep school, but it had originally been built as a monastery for the Saint Augustine People of Faith monks.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • The validity of ecclesiastical science— which can be summarized in Saint Augustine’s statement: ’I believe, that I may understand’—is absolutely incontrovertible.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • And later, again, along the sandy coast of Florida, with Eliza, he wandered down the narrow lanes of Saint Augustine, raced along the hard packed beach of Daytona, scoured the green lawns of Palm Beach, before the hotels, for cocoanuts, which Eliza desired as souvenirs, filling a brown tow sack with them and walking, with the bag hung from his shoulders, down the interminable aisles of the Royal Poinciana or the Breakers, target of scorn, and scandal, and amusement from slave and…
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Saint Augustine will that abstinence be done for virtue, and with patience.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • That’s saint Augustine.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • Divine justice insists that the understanding of those miserable wretches be fixed continually on the sins of which they were guilty, and moreover, as saint Augustine points out, God will impart to them His own knowledge of sin, so that sin will appear to them in all its hideous malice as it appears to the eyes of God Himself.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • For Saint Augustine saith, "If that thou, because of humility, makest a leasing on thyself, though thou were not in sin before, yet art thou then in sin through thy leasing."
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • And though thou shrive thee oftener than once of sin of which thou hast been shriven, it is more merit; and, as saith Saint Augustine, thou shalt have the more lightly [easily] release and grace of God, both of sin and of pain.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • …if he talk vanities in the church, or at God’s service, or that he be a talker of idle words of folly or villainy, for he shall yield account of them at the day of doom; eke when he behighteth [promiseth] or assureth to do things that he may not perform; eke when that by lightness of folly he missayeth or scorneth his neighbour; eke when he hath any wicked suspicion of thing, that he wot of it no soothfastness: these things, and more without number, be sins, as saith Saint Augustine.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Saint Augustine says that about unbaptized children going to hell, Temple answered, because he was a cruel old sinner too.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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