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


 

Saint Augustine Quotes > The words printed here are...

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The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.
Saint Augustine
About: Words

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