Martin Luther

Martin Luther
Martin Luther
  • Born: November 10, 1483
  • Died: February 18, 1546
  • Nationality: German
  • Profession: Friar, Priest, Theologian, Professor

94

Quotes

39

Citations

172

Concepts

0

Videos

Martin Luther, O.S.A. was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.

Quotes
Quote Topics Cited
… we should set fire to their [Jews] synagogues and schools, and what cannot be burnt should be covered over with earth, that no man may ever discover a stone or brick of it; we are to do this for the glory of our Lord and Christianity. Discrimination & Prejudice
1. That no one shall invite another to drink under penalty of 3 sous; 2. That taverns shall be closed during the sermon, under penalty that the tavern -keeper shall pay 3 sous, and whoever may be found therein shall pay the same amount; 3. If anyone be found intoxicated he shall pay for the first offence 3 sous and shall be remanded to the consistory ; for the second offence he shall he held to pay the sum of 6 sous, and for the third 10 sous and be put in prison. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
as a barrier between the central government and the respective states and their citizens. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Blood alone moves the wheels of history. History
By the imposition of a variety of taxes, imposts, stamps, excises and other duties ...[would] squeeze from them [the citizens] the little money they may acquire ... Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Dear rulers ... I maintain that the civil authorities are under obligation to compel the people to send their children to school. ... If the government can compel such citizens as are fit for military service to bear spear and rifle, to mount ramparts, and perform other martial duties in time of war, how much more has it a right to compel the people to send their children to school… Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Do not engage much in debate with Jews about the articles of our faith. From their youth they have been so nurtured with venom and rancor against our Lord that there is no hope until they reach the point where their misery finally makes them pliable and they are forced to confess that the Messiah has come, and that he is our Jesus. Religion & God
For six years the senators are rendered totally and absolutely independent of their States, of whom they ought to be the representatives, without any bond or tie between them: During that time they may join in measures ruinous and destructive to their States, even such as should totally annihilate their State governments, and their States cannot recall them, nor exercise any controul over them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel…In such sort is the devil always God's ape. Religion & God
He is no more fit to handle the case than an ass is to play a harp. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I am entirely of the opinion that the papacy is the Antichrist. Religion & God
I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict Scripture. Families, Children & Parenting
I maintain that the civil authorities are under obligation to compel the people to send their children to school. ... If the government can compel such citizens as are fit for military service to bear spear and rifle, to mount ramparts, and perform other martial duties in time of war, how much more has it a right to compel the people to send their children to school? Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I think these things [firearms] were invented by Satan himself, for they can’t be defended against with [ordinary] weapons and fists. All human strength vanishes when confronted with firearms. A man is dead before he sees what’s coming.. Guns & Gun Control
If anyone sings immoral, dissolute or outrageous songs, or dance the virollet or other dance, he shall be put in prison for three days and then sent to the consistory. Religion & God
If I had been a Jew and had seen such dolts and blockheads govern and teach the Christian faith, I would sooner have become a hog than a Christian. They have dealt with the Jews as if they were dogs rather than human beings; they have done little else than deride them and seize their property. When they baptize them they show them nothing of Christian doctrine or life, but only subject them to popishness and mockery...If the apostles, who also were Jews, had dealt with us Gentiles as we Gentiles deal with the Jews, there would never have been a Christian among the Gentiles Religion & God
If the pope were the head of the Christian Church, then the Church were a monster with two heads, seeing that St. Paul says that Christ is her head. The pope may well be, and is, the head of the false Church. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Learning is an unwelcome guest to the Devil, and therefore he would fain starve it out …. If ever there be any Considerable Blow given to the Devil's Kingdom, it must be, by Youth Excellently Educated. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
People give ear to an upstart astrologer who strove to show that the earth revolves, not the heavens of the firmament, the sun and the moon. This fool wishes to reverse the entire scheme of astronomy; but sacred Scripture tells us that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, not the earth Religion & God
Priests, Bishops, and Popes … are neither different from other Christians nor superior to them. Religion & God
Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but--more frequently than not --struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God. Religion & God
That no one shall play at any dissolute game or at any game whatsoever it may be, neither for gold nor silver nor for any excessive stake, upon penalty of 5 sous and forfeiture of stake played for. Religion & God
The chief cause that I fell out with the pope was this: the pope boasted that he was the head of the Church, and condemned all that would not be under his power and authority …. If the pope were the head of the Christian Church, then the Church were a monster with two heads, seeing that St. Paul says that Christ is her head. The pope may well be, and is, the head of the false Church. Religion & God
The Church of Rome, formerly the most holy of all churches, has become the most lawless den of thieves, the most shameless of all brothels, the very kingdom of sin, death, and hell; so that not even Antichrist, if he were to come, could devise any addition to its wickedness. the Church of Rome, formerly the most holy of all churches, has become the most lawless den of thieves, the most shameless of all brothels, the very kingdom of sin, death, and hell; so that not even Antichrist, if he were to come, could devise any addition to its wickedness. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The Clergy is the greatest hindrance to faith. Religion & God
The devil's bride, Reason, that pretty whore, comes in and thinks she's wise, and what she says, what she thinks, is from the Holy Spirit, who can help us, then? Not judges, not doctors, no king or emperor, because reason is the Devil's greatest whore. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The Jews are blood-relations of our Lord; if it were proper to boast of flesh and blood, the Jews belong more to Christ than we. I beg, therefore, my dear Papist, if you become tired of abusing me as a heretic, that you begin to revile me as a Jew. Religion & God
The Mass is the greatest blasphemy of God, and the highest idolatry upon earth, an abomination the like of which has never been in Christendom since the time of the Apostles. Religion & God
The more the system advanced the more clearly it appeared to me that the framers of it did not consider that either states or men had any rights at all. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The part of the system which provides, that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States, was adopted by a great majority of the convention, and without much debate; however, there were some members so unfashionable as to think, that a belief of the existence of a Deity, and of a state of future rewards and punishments would be some security for the good conduct of our rulers. Religion & God
The Pope should restrain himself and get his fingers out of the pie. Corruption
The Romanists have affirmed and maintained that the temporal power has no jurisdiction over them, but, on the contrary, that the spiritual power is above the temporal. Religion & God
The Romanists have, with great adroitness, drawn three walls round themselves, with which they have hitherto protected themselves, so that no one could reform them, whereby all Christendom has fallen terribly. Firstly, if pressed by the temporal power, they have affirmed and maintained that the temporal power has no jurisdiction over them, but, on the contrary, that the spiritual power is above the temporal. Secondly, if it were proposed to admonish them with the Scriptures, they objected that no one may interpret the Scriptures but the Pope. Thirdly, if they are threatened with a council, they pretend that no one may call a council but the Pope. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The Sword and its law have existed from the beginning of the world. The use of force can never prevent heresy. Religion & God
The truth is that we are all Hussites Religion & God
We know, on the authority of Moses, that longer ago than six thousand years the world did not exist Religion & God
When we are inclined to boast of our position as Christians we should remember that we are but Gentiles, while the Jews are of the lineage of Christ. We are aliens and in-laws; they are blood relatives, cousins, and brothers of our Lord. Therefore, if one is to boast of flesh and blood the Jews are actually nearer to Christ than we are. Religion & God
Whoever teaches differently from what I have taught, … condemns God and must remain a child of hell. Religion & God
All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. Religion & God
Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are? Religion & God
Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ. Religion & God
Be thou comforted, little dog, Thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail.
Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Religion & God ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. Inspiration
Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
Everything that is done in the world is done by hope. Hope
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. Life ;Religion & God
Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see. Religion & God
Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding. Religion & God
First I shake the whole Apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf.
For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. Nature
Forgiveness is God's command. Religion & God
God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. Religion & God
Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.
I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.
I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self.
I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen. Religion & God
I feel much freer now that I am certain the pope is the Antichrist.
I more fear what is within me than what comes from without.
I shall never be a heretic; I may err in dispute, but I do not wish to decide anything finally; on the other hand, I am not bound by the opinions of men.
If anyone does not like my tranlations, they can ignore them
If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself. Life ;Religion & God
If I am not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there.
If you are not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there.
If you young fellows were wise, the devil couldn't do anything to you, but since you aren't wise, you need us who are old.
Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die.
Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. Families, Children & Parenting
Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Religion & God ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. Music, Chants & Rapps
Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Religion & God ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Nothing good ever comes of violence.
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. Religion & God
Peace if possible, truth at all costs. Truth ;War & Peace
Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace. War & Peace
People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.
Pray, and let God worry. Religion & God
Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon.
Reason is the enemy of faith. Religion & God
The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid.
The fewer the words, the better the prayer.
The God of this world is riches, pleasure and pride. Religion & God
The Lord commonly gives riches to foolish people, to whom he gives nothing else.
The man who has the will to undergo all labor may win to any good.
The reproduction of mankind is a great marvel and mystery. Had God consulted me in the matter, I should have advised him to continue the generation of the species by fashioning them out of clay. Religion & God
There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. Families, Children & Parenting
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer. Life ;Religion & God
War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it. Religion & God ;War & Peace
Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God. Religion & God
When I am angry I can pray well and preach well.
When schools flourish, all flourishes.
You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.
You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.