-- Against the Academics 2, 2
Prayer. You, who always are, both before we were and before the world existed, have become for us a refuge in which we have turned to you.
-- Commentary on Psalm 89, 3
I believe one of the books, perhaps the chief book, Augustine is referring to is Hortensius's now-lost On Philosophy (or was it On Rhetoric?), a book that, according to his Confessions, set his soul on fire for wisdom, for the ultimate things. I think Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man did much the same for me in my pursuit of racial reconciliation and literary excellence.