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Type: Theologian
Nationality: Numidian
Date of Birth: 13/11/354
Date of Death: 28/08/430


 

Saint Augustine Quotes > Do you wish to rise? Begin by...

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Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
Saint Augustine

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