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440 Inspiring Quotes by Martin Luther

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Wikipedia Summary for Martin Luther

Martin Luther, (German: [ˈmaʁtiːn ˈlʊtɐ]; 10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German professor of theology, priest, author, composer, Augustinian monk, and a seminal figure in the Reformation. Luther was ordained to the priesthood in 1507. He came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church; in particular, he disputed the view on indulgences. Luther proposed an academic discussion of the practice and efficacy of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Holy Roman Emperor.

Luther taught that salvation and, consequently, eternal life are not earned by good deeds but are received only as the free gift of God's grace through the believer's faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority and office of the pope by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge, and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with these, and all of Luther's wider teachings, are called Lutherans, though Luther insisted on Christian or Evangelical (German: evangelisch) as the only acceptable names for individuals who professed Christ.

His translation of the Bible into the German vernacular (instead of Latin) made it more accessible to the laity, an event that had a tremendous impact on both the church and German culture. It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the writing of an English translation, the Tyndale Bible. His hymns influenced the development of singing in Protestant churches. His marriage to Katharina von Bora, a former nun, set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant clergy to marry.

In two of his later works, Luther expressed antagonistic, violent views towards Jews and called for the burnings of their synagogues and their deaths. His rhetoric was not directed at Jews alone but also towards Roman Catholics, Anabaptists, and nontrinitarian Christians. Luther died in 1546 with Pope Leo X's excommunication still in effect.


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Faith is a living and unshakable confidence. a belief in God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.

--Martin Luther

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Peace if possible, truth at all costs.

--Martin Luther

girl and boy figurines

If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.

--Martin Luther

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The Holy Spirit has a way of His own to say much in few words.

--Martin Luther

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What is sought by means of free choice is to make room for merits.

--Martin Luther



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It did not please me, either, that the Christians and the princes were driven, urged, and irritated into attacking the Turk and making war on him, before they amended their own ways and lived like true Christians.

--Martin Luther

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The hair is the finest ornament women have. Of old, virgins used to wear it loose, except when they were in mourning.

--Martin Luther

green-leafed trees during daytime

Prayer, study, and suffering make a pastor.

--Martin Luther

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Let Christ's righteousness and grace, not yours, be your refuge.

--Martin Luther




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We are but the instruments or assistants, by whom God works.

--Martin Luther

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The Devil fears the word of God, He can't bite it; it breaks his teeth.

--Martin Luther

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In the bonds of Death He lay Who for our offence was slain; But the Lord is risen to-day, Christ hath brought us life again, Wherefore let us all rejoice, Singing loud, with cheerful voice, Hallelujah!

--Martin Luther

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There are two days in my calendar: This day and that Day.

--Martin Luther

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Whoever sees Christ as a mirror of the Father's heart, actually walks through the world with new eyes.

--Martin Luther

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My temptations have been my masters in divinity.

--Martin Luther

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In a delightful garden, sowing, planting or digging are not hardship but are done with a zeal and a certain pleasure.

--Martin Luther

brown wooden door with silver door lever

No one may forsake their neighbors when they are in trouble. Everybody is under obligation to help and support their neighbors as they would themselves like to be helped.

--Martin Luther

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Our bodies are always exposed to Satan. The maladies I suffer are not natural, but Devil's spells.

--Martin Luther


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Virtually the whole of the scriptures and the understanding of the whole of theology--the entire Christian life, even--depends upon the true understanding of the law and the gospel.

--Martin Luther


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I have before me God's Word which cannot fail, nor can the gates of hell prevail against it; thereby will I remain, though the whole world be against me.

--Martin Luther

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God wants us to pray, and he wants to hear our prayers-not because we are worthy, but because he is merciful.

--Martin Luther

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Every book is a great action and every great action is a book!

--Martin Luther



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The slender capacity of man's heart cannot comprehend the unfathomable depth and burning zeal of God's love toward us.

--Martin Luther


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Even if all the world were to combine forces, they could not bring about the conception of a single child in any woman's womb nor cause it to be born; that is wholly the work of God.

--Martin Luther

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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.

--Martin Luther

chocolate

One learns more of Christ in being married and rearing children than in several lifetimes spent in study in a monastery.

--Martin Luther

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The highest and most precious treasure we receive of God is, that we can speak, hear, see, etc.; but how few acknowledge these as God's special gifts, much less give God thanks for them.

--Martin Luther

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Some indeed have invented outrageous lies about the Turks in order to stir up us Germans against them, but there is no need for lies; the truth is all too great.

--Martin Luther


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We may search long to find where God is, but we shall find Him in those who keep the words of Christ. For the Lord Christ saith, "If any man love me, he will keep my words; and we will make our abode with him."

--Martin Luther


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Temptations, of course, cannot be avoided, but because we cannot prevent the birds from flying over our heads, there is no need that we should let them nest in our hair.

--Martin Luther

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Christians are to be taught that the pope would and should wish to give of his own money, even though he had to sell the basilica of St. Peter, to many of those from whom certain hawkers of indulgences cajole money.

--Martin Luther

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Heretics cannot themselves appear good unless they depict the Church as evil, false, and mendacious. They alone wish to be esteemed as the good, but the Church must be made to appear evil in every respect.

--Martin Luther

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You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.

--Martin Luther

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The law works fear and wrath; grace works hope and mercy.

--Martin Luther



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To do so no more is the truest repentance.

--Martin Luther


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Forgiveness is God's command.

--Martin Luther

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There is no rustic so rude but that, if he dreams or fancies anything, it must be the whisper of the Holy Ghost, and he himself a prophet.

--Martin Luther

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The whole being of any Christian is faith and love. Faith brings the person to God, love brings the person to people.

--Martin Luther

sunset

I would rather obey than work miracles.

--Martin Luther

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How great, therefore, the wickedness of human nature is! How many girls there are who prevent conception and kill and expel tender fetuses, although procreation is the work of God.

--Martin Luther

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If the earth is fit for laughter then surely heaven is filled with it. Heaven is the birthplace of laughter.

--Martin Luther


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Anything that one imagines of God apart from Christ is only useless thinking and vain idolatry.

--Martin Luther

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It cannot, indeed, be denied, that a good man is more worthy of love than a bad one.

--Martin Luther

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Ah, if I could only pray the way that dog looks at meat.

--Martin Luther

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The veneration of Mary is inscribed in the very depths of the human heart.

--Martin Luther

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Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.

--Martin Luther


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A man cannot do good before he is made good.

--Martin Luther

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Our Lord God doeth work like a printer who setteth the letters backwards; we see and feel well his setting, but we shall see the print yonder -- in the life to come.

--Martin Luther





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Thus God's work and His eyes are in the depths, but man's only in the height.

--Martin Luther


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I frankly confess that even if it were possible I should not wish to have free choice given to me, or to have anything left in my own hands by which I might strive for salvation.

--Martin Luther

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The word and works of God is quite clear, that women were made either to be wives or prostitutes.

--Martin Luther

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All the passages in the Holy Scriptures that mention assistance are they that do away with "free-will," and these are countless...For grace is needed, and the help of grace is given, because "free-will" can do nothing.

--Martin Luther

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Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon.

--Martin Luther

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The most damnable and pernicious heresy that has ever plagued the mind of man was the idea that somehow he could make himself good enough to deserve to live with an all-holy God.

--Martin Luther

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The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest.

--Martin Luther


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He who loves not women, wine, and song Remains a fool his whole life long.

--Martin Luther

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The fool will upset the whole science of astronomy, but as the Holy Scripture shows, it was the sun and not the earth which Joshua ordered to stand still.

--Martin Luther

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If it were art to overcome heresy with fire, the executioners would be the most learned doctors on earth.

--Martin Luther

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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.

--Martin Luther

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The Lord commonly gives riches to foolish people, to whom he gives nothing else.

--Martin Luther

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All who call on God in true faith...will certainly be heard.

--Martin Luther

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Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly.

--Martin Luther

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A unjust law, is no law at all.

--Martin Luther

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The Psalms are a Little Bible, wherein everything contained in the entire Bible is beautifully and briefly comprehended.

--Martin Luther

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It is neither safe nor prudent to do anything against conscience.

--Martin Luther

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Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness.

--Martin Luther

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Despair makes priests and friars.

--Martin Luther

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As long as we live there is never enough singing.

--Martin Luther

raging waves through shores

Someone asked Luther, "Do you feel that you've been forgiven?" He answered, "No, but I'm as sure As there's a God in Heaven!

--Martin Luther

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You have as much laughter as you have faith.

--Martin Luther

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I should have no compassion on these witches; I should burn them all.

--Martin Luther

Longer Version:

I should have no compassion on these witches; I would burn all of them. We read in the old law that the priests threw the first stone at such malefactors. ’Tis said this stolen butter turns rancid and falls to the ground when any one goes to eat it. He who attempts to counteract and chastise these witches is himself corporeally plagued and tormented by their master the Devil. Sundry schoolmasters and ministers have often experienced this. Our ordinary sins offend and anger God. What then must be his wrath against witchcraft, which we may justly designate high treason against divine majesty,—a revolt against the infinite power of God? The jurisconsults who have so learnedly and pertinently treated of rebellion affirm that the subject who rebels against his sovereign is worthy of death. Does not witchcraft, then, merit death, being a revolt of the creature against the Creator,—a denial to God of the authority it accords to the demon?




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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.

--Martin Luther

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He who receives a sacrament does not perform a good work; he receives a benefit. In the mass we give Christ nothing; we only receive from Him.

--Martin Luther

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Whenever I have prayed earnestly, I have always received more than I asked for. God may delay, but He always comes.

--Martin Luther

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God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.

--Martin Luther



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We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.

--Martin Luther

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Nothing is more unbecoming to a teacher of the Word than flippancy. He must be serious and should not act like a clown.

--Martin Luther

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If God is to create or to preserve a creature, God must be present and must make and preserve God's creation both in its innermost and outermost aspects.

--Martin Luther

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To have peace and love in a marriage is a gift that is next to the knowledge of the gospel.

--Martin Luther

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Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.

--Martin Luther

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When God creates faith in a man, that is as great a work as if He created heaven and earth all over again.

--Martin Luther


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I feel much freer now that I am certain the pope is the Antichrist.

--Martin Luther

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The devil should not be allowed to keep all the best tunes for himself.

--Martin Luther

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Christ ought to be preached with this goal in mind -- that we might be moved to faith in him so that he is not just a distant historical figure but actually Christ for you and me.

--Martin Luther

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Unthankfulness is theft.

--Martin Luther

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We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.

--Martin Luther

None

I have done nothing; the Word has done and accomplished everything.... I let the Word do its work!

--Martin Luther

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All creatures are merely veils under which God hides Himself and deals with us.

--Martin Luther

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Our loving God wills that we eat, drink and be merry.

--Martin Luther



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The Holy Ghost has called me by the gospel and illuminated me with his gifts and sanctified and preserved me in the true faith.

--Martin Luther

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A preacher should have the skill to teach the unlearned simply roundly, and plainly; for teaching is of more importance than exhorting.

--Martin Luther




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The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.

--Martin Luther

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The inner man cannot be forced to do out of his own free will, what he should do, except the grace of God change the heart and make it willing.

--Martin Luther

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Rough, boisterous, stormy and altogether warlike, I am born to fight against innumerable monsters and devils.

--Martin Luther

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The whole Turkish empire is nothing else but a crust cast by Heaven's great Housekeeper to His dogs.

--Martin Luther




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He that has but one word of God before him, and out of that word cannot make a sermon, can never be a preacher.

--Martin Luther




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God may delay, but He always comes.

--Martin Luther

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Women should remain at home, sit still, and bear children.

--Martin Luther

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Personally I declare that I owe the Pope no other obedience than that to Antichrist.

--Martin Luther

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In our sad condition our only consolation is the expectancy of another life. Here below all is incomprehensible.

--Martin Luther

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To pray well is the better half of study.

--Martin Luther

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In Switzerland, on a high mountain, not far from Lucerne, there is a lake they call Pilate's Pond, which the Devil has fixed upon as one of the chief residences of his evil spirits.

--Martin Luther

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The defects of a preacher are soon spied.

--Martin Luther


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Everything bad in the Old Testament (and there's a lot) is there to point out our sin, while everything good in the Old Testament is there to point us to our Savior.

--Martin Luther

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You may as well quit reading and hearing the Word of God, and give it to the devil, if you do not desire to live according to it.

--Martin Luther

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In many countries there are particular places to which devils more especially resort. In Prussia there is an infinite number of evil spirits.

--Martin Luther

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Antichrist is the pope and the Turk Muslim together. A beast full of life must have a body and soul. The spirit or soul of Antichrist is the pope, his flesh or body the Turk.

--Martin Luther

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The less I pray, the harder it gets; the more I pray, the better it goes.

--Martin Luther

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I'll trust in God's unchanging Word, till soul and body sever. For though all things pass away, His Word shall stand forever.

--Martin Luther

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Adam and Eve derived the fullness of joy and bliss from their contemplation of all the animal creatures.

--Martin Luther

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Heavy thoughts bring on physical maladies; when the soul is oppressed so is the body.

--Martin Luther



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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.

--Martin Luther

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To comfort a sorrowful conscience is much better than to possess many kngdoms; yet the world regards it not; nay, condemns it, calling us rebels, dissturbers of the peace.

--Martin Luther


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The Clergy is the greatest hindrance to faith.

--Martin Luther

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Rome, who was formerly the gate of heaven, is now a sort of open mouth of hell.

--Martin Luther

brown sands

Feelings come, and feelings go, and feelings are deceiving. My warrant is the Word of God, naught else is worth believing.

--Martin Luther

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Demons live in many lands, but particularly in Prussia.

--Martin Luther

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Human nature is like a drunk peasant. Lift him into the saddle on one side, over he topples on the other side.

--Martin Luther






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When I was a child there were many witches, and they bewitched both cattle and men, especially children.

--Martin Luther


white wooden door

How often have not the demons called 'Nix,' drawn women and girls into the water, and there had commerce with them, with fearful consequences.

--Martin Luther

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Holy Christendom has, in my judgment, no better teacher after the apostles than St. Augustine.

--Martin Luther

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What would it matter if, for the sake of the Christian Church, one were to tell a big lie?

--Martin Luther

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Sinners are attractive because they are loved; they are not loved because they are attractive.

--Martin Luther

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This new subterfuge is, of course, calculated to deceive the simple and innocent into thinking that the matter is settled.

--Martin Luther


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For I shall never advise a heathen or a Turk, let alone a Christian, to attack another or begin war.

--Martin Luther



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Beer is made by men, wine by God.

--Martin Luther


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True faith will no more fail to produce good works than the sun can cease to give light.

--Martin Luther

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I compare it with a lie, which like to a snowball, the longer it is rolled the greater it becomes.

--Martin Luther

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Be thou comforted, little dog, Thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail.

--Martin Luther


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The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.

--Martin Luther


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Let the man who would hear God speak, read Holy Scriptures.

--Martin Luther

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Also when it is a case of only upholding some spiritual tenet, such as infant baptism, original sin, and unnecessary separation, then ... we conclude that ... the stubborn sectaries must be put to death.

--Martin Luther



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I cannot believe that my illness is natural. I suspect Satan, and therefore I am the more inclined to take it lightly.

--Martin Luther

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Faith is under the left nipple.

--Martin Luther


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A dairymaid can milk cows to the glory of God.

--Martin Luther

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I had rather be in hell with Christ, than be in heaven without him.

--Martin Luther


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Music is one of the fairest and most glorious gifts of God, to which Satan is a bitter enemy; for it removes from the heart the weight of sorrow, and the fascination of evil thoughts.

--Martin Luther

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A preacher must be both soldier and shepherd. He must nourish, defend, and teach; he must have teeth in his mouth, and be able to bite and fight.

--Martin Luther

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Good news from heaven the angels bring,
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is given,
To crown us with the joy of heaven.

--Martin Luther

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It is the nature of all hypocrites and false prophets to create a conscience where there is none, and to cause conscience to disappear where it does exist.

--Martin Luther

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For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel.

--Martin Luther

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I have such hatred of divorce that I prefer bigamy to divorce. Anyway, I think we should see other people.

--Martin Luther

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A Christian is never in a state of completion but always in a process of becoming.

--Martin Luther

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They gave our Master a crown of thorns, why do we hope for a crown of roses?

--Martin Luther

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Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep;
whoever sleeps long, does not sin;
whoever does not sin, enters Heaven!
Thus, let us drink beer!

--Martin Luther


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I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self.

--Martin Luther


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It is pleasing to the dear God whenever thou rejoicest or laughest from the bottom of thy heart.

--Martin Luther



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I often laugh at Satan, and there is nothing that makes him so angry as when I attack him to his face, and tell him that through God I am more than a match for him.

--Martin Luther

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We are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs 'down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.'

--Martin Luther

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If the heart has been reformed by the spirit, it makes use of both the useful and delightful things created and given by God in a holy manner and with thanksgiving.

--Martin Luther


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Though in midst of life we be
Snares of death surround us.

--Martin Luther

brown sands

None can believe how powerful prayer is, and what it is able to effect, but those who have learned it by experience.

--Martin Luther

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The organ in the worship service is a sign of Baal.

--Martin Luther


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Look to it that you do not try to do all of it, do not try to do too much, lest your spirit grow weary. Besides, a good prayer mustn't be too long. Do not draw it out. Prayer ought to be frequent and fervent.

--Martin Luther

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Some plague the people with too long sermons; for the faculty of listening is a tender thing, and soon becomes weary and satiated.

--Martin Luther

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We do not become righteous by doing righteous deed but, having been made righteous, we do righteous deeds.

--Martin Luther

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Heaven and earth, all the emperors, kings, and princes of the world, could not raise a fit dwelling-place for God; yet, in a weak human soul, that keeps His Word, He willingly resides.

--Martin Luther

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There is no gown or garment that worse becomes a woman than when she will be wise.

--Martin Luther


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Maternity is a glorious thing, since all mankind has been conceived, born, and nourished of women. All human laws should encourage the multiplication of families.

--Martin Luther

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Without armaments peace cannot be kept; wars are waged not only to repel injustice but also to establish a firm peace.

--Martin Luther

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It is impossible for one man both to labor day and night to get a living, and at the same time give himself to the study of sacred learning as the preaching office requires.

--Martin Luther

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Did I not tell you earlier that a Jew is such a noble, precious jewel that God and all the angels dance when he farts?

--Martin Luther




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God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.

--Martin Luther


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Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.

--Martin Luther

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Sheep, cattle, men-servants were all possessions to be sold as it pleased their masters. It were a good thing were it still so. For else no man may compel nor tame the servile folk.

--Martin Luther

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Grace remits sin, and peace quiets the conscience. Sin and conscience torment us, but Christ has overcome these fiends now and forever.

--Martin Luther


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The quest for glory can never be satisfied, it must be extinguished.

--Martin Luther

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I do not admit that my doctrine can be judged by anyone.

--Martin Luther

Arizona landscape

The worship of God....should be free at table, in private rooms, downstairs, upstairs, at home, abroad, in all places, by all peoples, at all times.

--Martin Luther

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The first duty of the gospel preacher is to declare God's law and to show the nature of sin.

--Martin Luther

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The God of this world is riches, pleasure and pride.

--Martin Luther

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That which the sober man keeps in his breast, the drunken man lets out at the lips. Astute people, when they want to ascertain a man's true character, make him drunk.

--Martin Luther

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The bible is a remarkable fountain: the more one draws and drinks of it, the more it stimulates thirst.

--Martin Luther


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A penny saved is better than a penny earned.

--Martin Luther


person holding pocket watch

Twas a special gift of God that speech was given to mankind; for through the Word, and not by force, wisdom governs.

--Martin Luther


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After the devil himself, there is no worse folk than the pope and his followers.

--Martin Luther

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What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the sake of the good.

--Martin Luther

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Next to theology I give to music the highest place and honor. And we see how David and all the saints have wrought their godly thoughts into verse, rhyme, and song.

--Martin Luther


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The Holy Spirit is no skeptic. He has written neither doubt nor mere opinion into our hearts, but rather solid assurances, which are more sure and solid than all experience and even life itself.

--Martin Luther

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Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved.

--Martin Luther

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God is not a God of sadness, death, etc., but the devil is. Christ is a God of joy, and so the Scriptures often say that we should rejoice ... A Christian should and must be a cheerful person.

--Martin Luther

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

The truth is mightier than eloquence, the Spirit greater than genius, faith more than education.

--Martin Luther

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

--Martin Luther

pot on window with flowers

What shall we do with...the Jews?...their homes also should be razed and destroyed.

--Martin Luther

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The great unthankfulness, contempt of God's word, and wilfulness of the world, make me fear that the divine light will soon cease to shine on man, for God's word has ever had its certain course.

--Martin Luther


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God has set the type of marriage everywhere throughout the creation. Every creature seeks its perfection in another. The very heavens and earth picture it to us.

--Martin Luther

green forest during daytime

How can a reason which hates God be called sound?

--Martin Luther

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God created Adam master and lord of living creatures, but Eve spoilt all, when she persuaded him to set himself above God's will. 'Tis you women, with your tricks and artifices, that lead men into error.

--Martin Luther

red moon at night

If I had to baptise a Jew, I would take him to the bridge of the Elbe, hang a stone around his neck and push him over with the words 'I baptise thee in the name of Abraham'.

--Martin Luther

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God's entire divine nature is wholly and entirely in all creatures, more deeply, more inwardly, more present than the creature is to itself.

--Martin Luther

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Dearest Jesus, holy child, make thee a bed, soft, undefiled, within my heart, that it may be a quiet chamber kept for thee.

--Martin Luther

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Lord God...use me as Your instrument -- but do not forsake me, for if ever I should be on my own, I would easily wreck it all.

--Martin Luther

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Thus every matter, if it is to be done well, calls for the attention of the whole person.

--Martin Luther


grayscale photography of person on beach

One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ.

--Martin Luther



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Adam was created, as it were, intoxicated with rejoicing toward God and was delighted also with all the other creatures.

--Martin Luther

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Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control.

--Martin Luther


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Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.

--Martin Luther

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Sin cannot tear you away from him Christ even though you commit adultery a hundred times a day and commit as many murders.

--Martin Luther


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Christian life consists of faith and charity.

--Martin Luther

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It is not the imitation that makes sons; it is sonship that makes imitators.

--Martin Luther

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It is not our work, but God's gift, that we now hate ourselves and our sinful lusts and follow after love.

--Martin Luther

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Obedience is the crown and honour of all virtue.

--Martin Luther

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Isaiah calls the Church barren because her children are born without effort by the Word of faith through the Spirit of God. It is a matter of birth, not of exertion.

--Martin Luther


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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.

--Martin Luther



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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.

--Martin Luther

Longer Version:

Faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of God's favour that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it. Such confidence and knowledge of God's grace makes you happy, joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures. The Holy Spirit makes this happen through faith. Because of it, you freely, willingly and joyfully do good to everyone, serve everyone, suffer all kinds of things, love and praise the God who has shown you such grace.


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To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.

--Martin Luther

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There are three conversions necessary (for the Christian life): the conversion of the heart, the mind, and the purse.

--Martin Luther



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He who wholly renounces himself, and relies not on mere human reason, will make good progress in the Scriptures; but the world comprehends them not, from ignorance of that mortification which is the gift of God's word.

--Martin Luther

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I hate myself, that I cannot believe it so constantly and surely as I should; but no human creature can rightly know how mercifully God is inclined toward those that steadfastly believe in Christ.

--Martin Luther

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I always loved music; whoso has skill in this art is of good temperament, fitted for all things. We must teach music in
schools; a schoolmaster ought to have skill in music, or I would not regard him.

--Martin Luther


low angle photography of gray concrete building

If I am not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there.

--Martin Luther

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Strange, though I am saved from sin, I am not saved from sinning.

--Martin Luther


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The Gospel is nothing less than laughter and joy.

--Martin Luther


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How soon not now, becomes never.

--Martin Luther

white wooden dock on white sand

Of all deadly sins, this is the most deadly, namely, that any one should think he is not guilty of a damnable and deadly sin before God.

--Martin Luther

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Faith is a free surrenderand a joyous wager on the unseen, unknown, untested goodness of God.

--Martin Luther

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What more scoundrelly trick could you have played on us?

--Martin Luther

brown wooden board

You see, however, which is called the Court of Rome, and which neither you nor any man can deny to be more corrupt than any Babylon or Sodom, and quite, as I believe, of a lost, desperate and hopeless impiety.

--Martin Luther

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This doctrine (justification) is the head and the cornerstone. It alone begets, nourishes, builds, preserves, and defends the church of God and without it the church of God cannot exist for one hour.

--Martin Luther

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Unto him who is able to keep us from falling, and lift us from the dark to the bright mountain of hope, from the midnight of desperation to the daybreak of joy, to him be power and authority for ever and ever.

--Martin Luther

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People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.

--Martin Luther

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The Holy Ghost must here be our only master and tutor.

--Martin Luther


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An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects.

--Martin Luther

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The Devil, it is true, is not exactly a doctor who has taken degrees, but he is very learned, very expert for all that. He has not been carrying on his business during thousands of years for nothing.

--Martin Luther


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What the situation will be like in the world before the Lord returns, namely, Christ will be despised, and the preachers of the Gospel will be regarded as fools.

--Martin Luther

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Pray, and let God worry.

--Martin Luther

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Pure Christian love is not derived from the merit of the object.

--Martin Luther

stars across the sky view at the desert

For hardly any of the ecclesiastical writers have handled the Divine Scriptures more ineptly and absurdly than Origen and Jerome.

--Martin Luther

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No gown worse becomes a woman than the desire to be wise.

--Martin Luther

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This is the mystery of the riches of divine grace for sinners; for by a wonderful exchange our sins are now not ours but Christ's, and Christ's righteousness is not Christ's but ours.

--Martin Luther


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The devil is God's ape!

--Martin Luther


mountains under starry sky during nighttime

If you are not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there.

--Martin Luther

person sinking on body of water

You parents can provide no better gift for your children than an education in the liberal arts. House and home burn down, but an education is easy to carry along.

--Martin Luther


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A good servant is a real godsend, but truly this is a rare bird in the land.

--Martin Luther



pink rose in close up photography

The authority of Scripture is greater than the comprehension of the whole of man's reason.

--Martin Luther


yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us.

--Martin Luther

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May the Lord fill you with His blessings and with hatred of the Pope.

--Martin Luther

blue wooden door opened

If you could understand a single grain of wheat you would die of wonder.

--Martin Luther


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The confidence that God is mindful of the individual is of tremendous value in dealing with the disease of fear, for it gives us a sense of worth, of belonging, and of at homeness in the universe.

--Martin Luther


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The irony is I stopped going to church a few weeks later.

--Martin Luther

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If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.

--Martin Luther

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God.

--Martin Luther

Longer Version:

Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God, your functional savior.


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Animals are footprints of God.

--Martin Luther


bird in the sky

True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue.

--Martin Luther

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

That the Creator himself comes to us and becomes our ransom -- this is the reason for our rejoicing.

--Martin Luther

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

All our experience with history should teach us, when we look back, how badly human wisdom is betrayed when it relies on itself.

--Martin Luther

grassland landscape

I have so many things to do today, I dare not ignore my time with God.

--Martin Luther

woman sitting on black chair in front of glass-panel window with white curtains

Let whatsoever will or can befall me, I will surely cleave by my sweet Savior Christ Jesus, for in Him am I baptized; I can neither do nor know anything but only what He has taught me.

--Martin Luther

aerial photography of pine trees

Faith is the yes of the heart.

--Martin Luther

Longer Version:

Faith is the 'yes' of the heart, a conviction on which one stakes one's life.


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To worship God in spirit is the service and homage of the heart, and implies fear of God and trust in Him.

--Martin Luther



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We may well lie with what seems to be a woman of flesh and blood, and yet all the time it is only a devil in the shape of a woman.

--Martin Luther

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You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.

--Martin Luther

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When God contemplates some great work, He begins it by the hand of some poor, weak, human creature, to whom He afterwards gives aid.

--Martin Luther

purple, white, and pink floral painting

The more a person loves, the closer he approaches the image of God.

--Martin Luther

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Nothing is more sweet than harmony in marriage, and nothing more distressing than dissension.

--Martin Luther

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Reason is a whore, 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.

--Martin Luther

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.

--Martin Luther

woman riding on skateboard during daytime

A man who has no part in the grace of God, cannot keep the commandments of God, or prepare himself, either wholly or in part, to receive grace; but he rests of necessity under the power of sin.

--Martin Luther




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Exhort your household to learn the Ten Commandments word for word, that they should obey God…For if you teach and urge your families things will go forward.

--Martin Luther

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And though this world with devils filled, Should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.

--Martin Luther


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Like the early Christians, we must move into a sometime hostile world armed with the revolutionary gospel of Jesus Christ. With this powerful gospel we shall boldly challenge the status quo.

--Martin Luther

silhouette photo of trees during night time

Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.

--Martin Luther

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The Bible is the book that makes fools of the wise of this world; it is only understood by the plain and simple hearted.

--Martin Luther

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I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us.

--Martin Luther

blue wooden door opened

Our Lord God doesn't do great things except by violence, as they say.

--Martin Luther

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We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.

--Martin Luther

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A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all.

--Martin Luther


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Faith, like light, should always be simple and unbending; while love, like warmth, should beam forth on every side, and bend to every necessity of our brethren.

--Martin Luther

person in black jacket standing on beach during daytime

The works of the righteous would be mortal sins if they would not be feared as mortal sins by the righteous themselves out of pious fear of God.

--Martin Luther





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In a mouse we admire God's creation and craft work. The same may be said about flies.

--Martin Luther

grass field under cloudy sky

Great thieves go Scott-free, as the Pope and his crew.

--Martin Luther




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Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge.

--Martin Luther


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Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die.

--Martin Luther

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Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then prohibit and abolish women?

--Martin Luther

Longer Version:

Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then prohibit and abolish women? The sun, the moon, and the stars have been worshiped. Shall we then pluck them out of the sky? ...see how much he God has been able to accomplish through me, though I did no more than pray and preach. The Word did it all. Had I wished I might have started a conflagration at Worms. But while I sat still and drank beer with Philip and Amsdorf, God dealt the papacy a mighty blow.




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Christ is no Moses, no exactor, no giver of laws, but a giver of grace, a Savior; he is infinite mercy and goodness, freely and bountifully given to us.

--Martin Luther

green grass field

An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body, for the service of Christendom and of the church.

--Martin Luther

person walking on snowfield

Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see.

--Martin Luther

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The Church must run the risk of dilution rather than leave the state to the cold light of reason, unwarmed by tenderness.

--Martin Luther

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Be careful not to measure your holiness by other people's sins.

--Martin Luther

white rock formation on sea during daytime

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.

--Martin Luther

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Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.

--Martin Luther

toddlers standing outdoors

A mighty fortress is our God , A sword and shield victorious ; He breaks the cruel oppressors rod And wins salvation glorious .

--Martin Luther

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Your work is a very sacred matter. God delights in it, and through it, He wants to best His blessings on you. This praise of work should be inscribed on all tools, on the forehead and the faces that sweat from toiling.

--Martin Luther

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At Sussen, the Devil carried off, last Good Friday, three grooms who had devoted themselves to him.

--Martin Luther

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The forces of good and evil are working within and around me, I must choose, and in a free will universe I do have a choice.

--Martin Luther



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Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.

--Martin Luther

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Grace was not given to heal the spiritually sick but to decorate spiritual heroes!

--Martin Luther




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Not only the adoration of images is idolatry, but also trust in one's own righteousness, works and merits, and putting confidence in riches and power. As the latter is the commonest, so it also is the most noxious.

--Martin Luther

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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.

--Martin Luther



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The heart of religion lies in its personal pronouns.

--Martin Luther


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Let the wife make her husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry to see him leave.

--Martin Luther


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Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him. In Hebrew, "Be silent in God, and let Him mould thee." Keep still, and He will mould thee to the right shape.

--Martin Luther

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I more fear what is within me than what comes from without.

--Martin Luther



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Against the flying ball no valor avails.

--Martin Luther


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Earth has nothing more tender than a woman's heart when it is the abode of piety.

--Martin Luther

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An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects.

--Martin Luther

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The body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still,
His Kingdom is forever.

--Martin Luther

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A prince is venison in heaven.

--Martin Luther


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Divinity consists in use and practice, not in speculation.

--Martin Luther


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So great are the effectiveness and power of the Word of God that the more it is persecuted the more it flourishes and grows.

--Martin Luther

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What are the things we should pray for? First, our personal troubles...The greatest trouble we can ever know is thinking that we have no trouble for we can become hard-hearted and insensible to what is inside of us.

--Martin Luther

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Thus, dear friends, I have said it clearly enough, and I believe you ought to understand it and not make liberty a law.

--Martin Luther

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May the Lord, whose cause this is, enlighten you and make you a vessel to honour and glory. Amen.

--Martin Luther

man in black tank top standing near tree under starry night

Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness, I am your sin. You took on you what was mine; yet set on me what was yours. You became what you were not, that I might become what I was not.

--Martin Luther


black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

Whoever wishes to be a Christian, let him pluck out the eyes of his reason.

--Martin Luther

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What man, if he were God, would humble himself to lie in the feedbox of a donkey or to hang upon a cross?

--Martin Luther

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A large number of deaf, crippled and blind people are afflicted solely through the malice of the demon. And one must in no wise doubt that plagues, fevers and every sort of evil come from him.

--Martin Luther

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