The earliest known portrait of Augustine in a 6th-century fresco, Lateran, Rome

Augustine of Hippo
(*13. November 354 Tagaste, heute Souk Ahras, Algerien - †28. August 430 Hippo Regius nahe dem heutigen Annaba, Algerien)

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"You wish to be great, begin from the least. You are thinking to construct some mighty fabric in height; first think of the foundation of humility. And how great soever a mass of building one may wish and design to place above it, the greater the building is to be, the deeper does he dig his foundation."

Sermon 19:2 on the New Testament
Magnus esse vis, a minimo incipe. Cogitas magnam fabricam construere celsitudinis, de fundamento prius cogita humilitatis. Et quantam quisque vult et disponit superimponere molem aedificii, quanto erit maius aedificium, tanto altius fodit fundamentum.