Best 70 of Martyr quotes - MyQuotes

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jean Cocteau

All spiritual journeys are martyrdoms

By Anonym 16 Sep

Clement

He, in truth, bears witness to himself that he is faithful and loyal towards God; and to the tempter, that he in vain envied him who is faithful through love; and to the Lord, of the inspired persuasion in reference to His doctrine, from which he will not depart through fear of death; further, he confirms also the truth of preaching by his deed, showing that God to whom he hastes is powerful. You will wonder at his love, which he conspicuously shows with thankfulness, in being united to what is allied to him, and besides by his precious blood, shaming the unbelievers. He then avoids denying Christ through fear by reason of the command; nor does he sell his faith in the hope of the gifts prepared, but in love to the Lord he will most gladly depart from this life; perhaps giving thanks both to him who afforded the cause of his departure hence, and to him who laid the plot against him, for receiving an honourable reason which he himself furnished not, for showing what he is, to him by his patience, and to the Lord in love, by which even before his birth he was manifested to the Lord, who knew the martyr's choice. With good courage, then, he goes to the Lord, his friend, for whom he voluntarily gave his body, and, as his judges hoped, his soul, hearing from our Saviour the words of poetry, "Dear brother," by reason of the similarity of his life. We call martyrdom perfection, not because the man comes to the end of his life as others, but because he has exhibited the perfect work of love.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alphonse De Lamartine

It is admirable to die the victim of one's faith; it is sad to die the dupe of one's ambition.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Kamand Kojouri

I know you not quite well Yet I foolishly surrender my mind to you. Slowly and carefully you have cast a spell Now my virgin heart only longs for you. There is no need to push, I am already falling. Once proudly tall, I’m no longer standing. Knowing well that I am doomed to misery, I will roll the dice and take delight in my suffering.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Herman E. Kittredge

{The final resolutions at Robert Ingersoll's funeral, quoted here} Whereas, in the order of nature -- that nature which moves with unerring certainty in obedience to fixed laws -- Robert G. Ingersoll has gone to that repose which we call death. We, his old friends and fellow-citizens, who have shared his friendship in the past, hereby manifest the respect due his memory. At a time when everything impelled him to conceal his opinions or to withhold their expression, when the highest honors of the state were his if he would but avoid discussion of the questions that relate to futurity, he avowed his belief; he did not bow his knee to superstition nor countenance a creed which his intellect dissented. Casting aside all the things for which men most sigh -- political honor, the power to direct the futures of the state, riches and emoluments, the association of the worldly and the well- to-do -- he stood forth and expressed his honest doubts, and he welcomed the ostracism that came with it, as a crown of glory, no less than did the martyrs of old. Even this self-sacrifice has been accounted shame to him, saying that he was urged thereto by a desire for financial gain, when at the time he made his stand there was before him only the prospect of loss and the scorn of the public. We, therefore, who know what a struggle it was to cut loose from his old associations, and what it meant to him at that time, rejoice in his triumph and in the plaudits that came to him from thus boldly avowing his opinions, and we desire to record the fact that we feel that he was greater than a saint, greater than a mere hero -- he was a thoroughly honest man. He was a believer, not in the narrow creed of a past barbarous age, but a true believer in all that men ought to hold sacred, the sanctity of the home, the purity of friendship, and the honesty of the individual. He was not afraid to advocate the fact that eternal truth was eternal justice; he was not afraid of the truth, nor to avow that he owed allegiance to it first of all, and he was willing to suffer shame and condemnation for its sake. The laws of the universe were his bible; to do good, his religion, and he was true to his creed. We therefore commend his life, for he was the apostle of the fireside, the evangel of justice and love and charity and happiness. We who knew him when he first began his struggle, his old neighbors and friends, rejoice at the testimony he has left us, and we commend his life and efforts as worthy of emulation.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Malcolm X

I actually believed that after living as fully as humanly possible, one should then die violently. I expected then as I still expect today

By Anonym 15 Sep

Donna Perpetua

And those of us who are not directly caught up in any persecution for our Christian faith must pray for those who suffer such onslaughts. But even more importantly, we must pray for those who persecute us or our fellow Christians. It is what Jesus Christ calls us to do. And, as Saint Perpetua reported hearing during her last vision, "Do not be afraid, I am here with you, and I am laboring with you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Miguel De Unamuno

It is truer to say that martyrs create faith more than faith creates martyrs.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Wilbur Hale

{On the death of Hale's esteemed friend and fellow scientist, Luther Burbank. Burbank was much beloved by the population unil in an interview he revealed that he was an atheist. After this, the public turned on him and sent him thousands of letters with death threats. This upset the kind-hearted Burbank, who tried to amiably reply to each letter, so much that it ultimately led to his death} . . . he was misled into believing that logic, kindliness, and reason could convince and help the bigoted. He fell sick. The sickness was fated to be his last. What killed Luther Burbank, at just that time and in just that abrupt and tragic fashion, was his baffled, yearning, desperate effort to make people understand. His desire to help them, to clarify their minds, and to induce them to substitute fact for hysteria drove him beyond his strength. He grew suddenly old attempting to make reasonable a people which had been unreasonable through twenty stiff-necked generations. . . He died, not a martyr to truth, but a victim of the fatuity of blasting dogged falsehood.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Lisa Kleypas

There is no such thing as ‘calm and serene’ in our household,” Poppy said glumly. “Oh, Amelia, why must our family be so odd?” “We’re not odd.” Poppy batted her hands in a dismissive gesture. “Odd people never think they’re odd.” “I’m perfectly ordinary,” Amelia protested. “Ha.” Amelia glanced at her in surprise. “Why in heaven’s name would you say ‘ha’ to that?” “You try to manage everything and everyone. And you don’t trust anyone outside the family. You’re like a porcupine. No one can get past the quills.” “Well, I like that,” Amelia said indignantly. “Being compared to a large prickly rodent, when I’ve decided to spend the rest of my entire life looking after the family—” “No one’s asked that of you.” “Someone has to do it. And I’m the oldest Hathaway.” “Leo’s the oldest.” “I’m the oldest sober Hathaway.” “That still doesn’t mean you have to martyr yourself.” “I’m not a martyr, I’m merely being responsible. And you’re ungrateful!” “Would you prefer gratitude or a husband? Personally, I’d take the husband.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Kamand Kojouri

I never wanted to be a martyr—even for love. I don’t want to die for love. I want to live for it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Darnell Lamont Walker

But you have to sacrifice yourself for YOURSELF, too.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Bangambiki Habyarimana

Some men are sent to heaven by torturers who thought they were doing god's work by sending them to hell

By Anonym 15 Sep

Schuyler Colfax

These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jim Butcher

Ease off the martyr throttle.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dave Eggers

And the only thing worse than the silencing of a martyr, a real martyr – someone with dangerous ideas – is silencing someone who has nothing at all to say.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edith E. Searell

A mighty fortress is our God, and in Him we are safe for time and for eternity. Shall we murmur if we have less of time than we expected? The less of time, the more of heaven. The briefer life, earlier mortality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Miguel Syjuco

History is changed by martyrs who tell the truth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shane Claiborne

A pastor friend of mine said, "Our problem is that we no longer have martyrs. We only have celebrities.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Pierce Brown

Dreamers like your wife are limited, little Helldiver.” She makes sure I don’t speak. “Understand that. The only power they have is in death. The harder they die, the louder their voice, the deeper the echoes. But your wife served her purpose.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Kamand Kojouri

The first time I heard you laugh, I only wanted to say funny things so you would always be laughing. You know what happens to chocolate when you leave it out in the sun? I’m that unfortunate chocolate and you, you are the laughing sun. For this reason, I am offering myself to you not as a martyr or some selfless fool, but as a self-indulgent moth who actively pursues the light without much fear for the flame. The moth who revels in the heat and declares: Burn me.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Matshona Dhliwayo

Ignore what a man is willing to fight for, watch closely what he's willing to die for.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jordan Flaherty

Another site of Leftist struggle [other than Detroit] that has parallels to New Orleans: Palestine. From the central role of displacement to the ways in which culture and community serve as tools of resistance, there are illuminating comparisons to be made between these two otherwise very different places. In the New Orleans Black community, death is commemorated as a public ritual (it's often an occasion for a street party), and the deceased are often also memorialized on t-shirts featuring their photos embellished with designs that celebrate their lives. Worn by most of the deceased's friends and family, these t-shirts remind me of the martyr posters in Palestine, which also feature a photo and design to memorialize the person who has passed on. In Palestine, the poster's subjects are anyone who has been killed by the occupation, whether a sick child who died at a checkpoint or an armed fighter killed in combat. In New Orleans, anyone with family and friends can be memorialized on a t-shift. But a sad truth of life in poor communities is that too many of those celebrate on t-shirts lost their lives to violence. For both New Orleans and Palestine, outsiders often think that people have become so accustomed to death by violence that it has become trivialized by t-shirts and posters. While it's true that these traditions wouldn't manifest in these particular ways if either population had more opportunities for long lives and death from natural causes, it's also far from trivial to find ways to celebrate a life. Outsiders tend to demonize those killed--especially the young men--in both cultures as thugs, killers, or terrorists whose lives shouldn't be memorialized in this way, or at all. But the people carrying on these traditions emphasize that every person is a son or daughter of someone, and every death should be mourned, every life celebrated.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Cardinal Francis George

I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history

By Anonym 15 Sep

Cesar Chavez

We don't know how God chooses martyrs. We do know that they give us the most precious gift they possess - their very lives.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Albert Camus

Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood - never.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ursula K. Le Guin

Dead anarchists make martyrs, you know, and keep living for centuries. But absent ones can be forgotten.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Marissa Meyer

One to be a murderer, the other to be martyred, One to be a monarch, the other to go mad.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Lin-manuel Miranda

[WASHINGTON] It’s alright, you want to fight, you’ve got a hunger I was just like you when I was younger Head full of fantasies of dyin’ like a martyr? [HAMILTON] Yes [WASHINGTON] Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder

By Anonym 13 Sep

Walter Lippmann

In the blood of the martyrs to intolerance are the seeds of unbelief

By Anonym 14 Sep

Andre Vltchek

Russian people, like their Chinese comrades, are well aware of what is going on. And there are tens of millions of their martyrs who are reminding them what is to be expected from the West.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Philippe Claudel

Saintliness is very odd. When people encounter it, they often take it for something else, something completely unlike it: indifference, mockery, scheming, coldness, insolence, perhaps even contempt. But they're mistaken, and that makes them furious. They commit an awful crime. This is doubtless the reason why most saints end up as martyrs.

By Anonym 17 Sep

St. Perpetua

Neither can I call myself anything else than what I am, a Christian. (Saint Perpetua, as preserved by Tertullian in The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity.)

By Anonym 16 Sep

Criss Jami

Every exceptional bias against Christianity I find to be evidence for its validity.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Cardinal Wiseman

How like God's love yours has been to me- so wise, so generous, and so unsparing!" exclaimed Pancratius. "Promise me one thing more- that is, that you will stay near to me to the end, and carry my last legacy to my mother.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jean Cocteau

Poetry is a religion without hope, but its martyrs guarantee the eternal truth of its dogma.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Hannah More

When we read, we fancy we could be martyrs; when we come to act, we cannot bear a provoking word.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Abhijit Naskar

There is nothing glorious in the death of a soldier - it's only a disgusting reminder of our petty and primitive self-centeredness, that keeps separating us from our own kind, simply because of some illusory borders created by illusory governments.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alexandre Dumas

In all times, and all countries especially in those countries which are divided within by religious faith, there are always fanatics who will be well contented to be regarded as martyrs.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sayyid Qutb

A martyr is the one who bears witness that the Shari'ah of Allah is more valuable to him than his own life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ezra Pound

Adolf Hitler was a Jeanne d'Arc, a saint. He was a martyr. Like many martyrs, he held extreme views.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Leo Rosten

For some not to be martyrs is martyrdom indeed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The torments of martyrdom are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bangambiki Habyarimana

Can you die for a false idea? Yes. The reason you die is that you believe it’s not a false idea

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Szasz

The homosexual is a scapegoat who evokes no sympathy. Hence, he can only be a victim, never a martyr.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robert Green Ingersoll

Martyrdom, as a rule, establishes the sincerity of the martyr, never the correctness of his thought. Things are true or false in themselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marc Chagall

For me, Christ has always symbolized the true type of the Jewish martyr.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Neal Shusterman

Well...you're a martyr and I'm a patron saint-I can't think of anyone better!

By Anonym 18 Sep

Christopher Paolini

So the question becomes, If you are ever faced with this choice are you willing to die for what you believe in? For that is the only way you will deny him. [...] It's a difficult question and not one you can answer until you're faced with it. Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it's actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Saint Augustine

It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.