2. "God granted the pagan heroes temporal glory because of their virtue (V:15). But the reward of the saints is much different. Their reward and their city are eternal—a place of true and perfect happiness. If Roman citizens had such love of their city, how much more should citizens of the heavenly city love their eternal dwelling (V:16)? Given the shortness of the life of a man, the political system a man lives under is not really important as long as he is not forced to do evil or disobey God (V:17)."
- Dana Gould, Augustine's City of God