Confessions

by: St. Augustine

Book XII

1

Inquiry is more loquacious than discovery. Demanding takes longer than obtaining and the hand that knocks is more active than the hand that receives.

2

It is one thing to inquire as to what is true about the formation of creation. It is another thing, however, to ask what that excellent servant of your faith, Moses, would have wished for the reader and hearer to understand from these words.

3

In this discord of true opinions let truth itself bring concord, and may our god have mercy on us all, that we may use the law rightly to the end of the commandment which is pure love.