Augustine of Hippo: “I drew my shackles along with me, terrified to have them taken off me”
St. Augustine in His Study by Vittore Carpaccio, 1502
“In the sixteenth year of the age of my flesh…, the madness of raging lust exercised its dominion over me (through sexual desire), and my invisible enemy trod me down and seduced me.
In my sexual involvements, I drew my shackles along with me, terrified to have them taken off me. What made me a slave to lust was the bait of satisfying and insatiable momentary urge.”
– St. Augustine of Hippo