As a general saying no saying is foolish.It all depends upon your subjective and objective understanding of what has been said.
Saleeqa Begum has given an apt response. Very considerate of her to apologize on your behalf. Apology, if any, if you are convinced of the underlying idea of the saying, should be made to St. Augustine.
Remember God does not come down on earth to help us. We help Him in helping others. This quality or virtue makes us capable of attaining the colour of God (Sibghatullah):
2:138 Hue of God! And who can give a better hue (to life) than God? And it is
He alone Whom we serve.
[Hue of God = We take our hue from God. Nearest to God are those who have
adopted His Sibghah = Hue or Color = His attributes in the human capacity.
(83:28). That means adopting the Divine Attributes in our limited human
capacity such as: kindness – empathy - creativity – mercy - forgiveness –
turning to people in love and affection – (attaining) wisdom - mercifulness,
kindness, knowledge, wisdom, zeal, concealment of sins, splendor, justice,
bounteousness, generosity, greatness, love, glory, dignity, forgiveness,
insight, kingship and all other goodness and beauty are attributes of God.
Knowledge (learning) – compassion – clemency – taking care - peacefulness –
remaining informed and aware – sense of duty - determination – justice –
protecting others – generosity – unity - self-control – leniency -
approachability - appreciation – moral strength – patience - showing light –
guiding - independence – truthfulness – maintenance of people and things –
keeping pledges – resolve – benefiting others – beautiful designing –
providing – listening – observing – being worthy of trust – nobility of character
– giving – sense of responsibility. Interestingly, people can make a selfassessment by this spectrum as to where they stand on the ascending ladder