Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt: whether thou hold thy peace, through love hold thy peace; whether thou cry out, through love cry out; whether thou correct, through love correct; whether thou spare, through love do thou spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good.

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Christian church father, philosopher, saint [b. Aurelius Augustinus]
Homily 7 on the 1st Epistle of John [In epistulam Ioannis ad Parthos]


"Love, and do what thou wilt" - Latin "dilige et quod vis fac." sometimes incorrectly given as "ama et fac quod vis." Var. by J. Fletcher as "Love and then what you will, do."
Sermon on 1 John IV. 4 -12. Full text.

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