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Martin Luther Quotes


A German theologian, an Augustinian monk, and an ecclesiastical reformer whose teachings inspired the Reformation and deeply influenced the doctrines and culture of the Lutheran and Protestant traditions.
(1483 - 1546)

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A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing, Our helper he amid the flood Of mortal ills prevailing.
[Glory]
 

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

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.
[Faith]
 

Allegories are fine ornaments and good illustrations, but not proof.
 

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?
 

Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.
 

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.
[Art]
 

Before I translated the New Testament out of the Greek, all longed after it; when it was done, their longing lasted scarce four weeks. Then they desired the books of Moses; when I had translated these, they had enough thereof in a short time. After that, they would have the Psalms; of these they were soon weary, and desired other books. So it will be with the book of Ecclesiastes, which they now long for, and about which I have taken great pains. All is acceptable until our giddy brains be satisfied; afterwards we let familiar things lie, and seek after new.
 

Blood alone moves the wheels of history.
[Blood]
 

Christian life consists in faith and charity.
[Life]
 

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

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
 

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
 

Every thing that is done in the world is done by hope.
[Hope]
 

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

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

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

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.
[Love]
 

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.
 


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