Augustine on his own view stole the fruit for the mere enjoyment of the sin and theft that the stealing involved. He says in (II,4)
“Behold, now let my heart tell you what it
looked for there, that I should be evil
without purpose and there should be no
cause for my evil, but evil itself. Foul
was the evil, and I loved it.”
Augustine knew that what he was doing at
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to a man later in life realized the right and wrong of his actions. the only regret that he has is that that moment in his life is gone forever, not
to be replaced. Augustine had to live with hi immoral choice the rest of his days.
Augustine, St. The Confessions of St. Augustine. Trans.
John K. Ryan. New York: Doubleday, 1960.
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics. Trans.
Martin Oswald. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1962.