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The Enchiridion by St. Augustine

Chapter 1.--The Author Desires the Gift of True Wisdom for Laurentius.

I Cannot express, my beloved son Laurentius, the delight with which I witness your progress in knowledge, and the earnest desire I have that you should be a wise man: not one of those of whom it is said, |Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?| but one of those of whom it is said, |The multitude of the wise is the welfare of the world,| and such as the apostles wishes those to become, whom he tells,| I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.| Now, just as no one can exist of himself, so no one can be wise of himself, but only by the enlightening influence of Him of whom it is written,| All wisdom cometh from the Lord.|
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