See patiently, …

See patiently, as thou are wont to do, how diligently the sons of men observe the conventional rules of letters and syllables, taught them by those who learned their letters beforehand, while they neglect the eternal rules of everlasting salvation…if he who practices or teaches the established rules of pronunciation should speak without aspirating the first syllable of “hominem,” he will offend men more than if he, a human being, were to hate another human being…It is as if he should feel that there is an enemy who could be more destructive to himself that that hatred which excites him against his fellow man; or that he could destroy him who he hates more completely than he destroys his own soul by this same hatred.

Augustine, from CONFESSIONS

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