The Confessions And Letters Of St by St. Augustine
Chapter XII.--What God Did Before the Creation of the World.
14. Behold, I answer to him who asks, |What was God doing before He made heaven and earth?| I answer not, as a certain person is reported to have done facetiously (avoiding the pressure of the question), |He was preparing hell,| saith he, |for those who pry into mysteries.| It is one thing to perceive, another to laugh, -- these things I answer not. For more willingly would I have answered, |I know not what I know not,| than that I should make him a laughing-stock who asketh deep things, and gain praise as one who answereth false things. But I say that Thou, our God, art the Creator of every creature; and if by the term |heaven and earth| every creature is understood, I boldly say, |That before God made heaven and earth, He made not anything. For if He did, what did He make unless the creature?| And would that I knew whatever I desire to know to my advantage, as I know that no creature was made before any creature was made.