As a youth I prayed, “Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.”

[At ego adulescens miser ualde, miser in exordio ipsius adulescentiae, etiam petieram a te castitatem et dixeram, ‘Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo.’]

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Christian church father, philosopher, saint [b. Aurelius Augustinus]
Confessions, Bk. VIII, ch. 7 (AD 398)

Variant: "Give me chastity and continence, but do not give it yet."

Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 30-Jan-10
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