Augustine, Humanist Rube


“For the human mind, when judging visible things, can recognize that it itself is better than all visible things.”

From Augustine’s Answers to Miscellaneous Questions, “Against the Mathematicians.”

Such an innocent abroad! So provincial, with his confidence in the grandeur of the human mind, this mind as arrogant as the god it invented. Augustine’s like the cocksure tourist in Paris, “Oh, we got one of them in Texas too. Cheaper. And better parking.”