Our admiration is so given to dead martyrs that we have little time for living heroes.
The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God, like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
It requires greater courage to preserve inner freedom, to move on in one's inward journey into new realms, than to stand defiantly for outer freedom. It is often easier to play the martyr, as it is to be rash in battle.
Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don't know when it's through if you are a crook or a martyr.
These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea.
Martyrs are needed to create incidents. Incidents are needed to create revolutions. Revolutions are needed to create progress.
It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.
The path of those who preach love, and not hatred, is not easy. They often have to wear a crown of thorns.
Dying for an idea,' again, sounds well enough, but why not let the idea die instead of you?
I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for their religion-- I have shuddered at it, I shudder no more. I could be martyred for my religion. Love is my religion and I could die for that. I could die for you. My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet.
Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness of a belief.
We are not here to triumph by fighting, by strata gem, or by resistance, not to fight with beasts as men. We have fought the beast and have conquered. We have only to conquer now, by suffering. This is the easier victory.
The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.
If ye keep watch over your hearts, and listen for the Voice of God and learn of Him, in one short hour ye can learn more from Him than ye could learn from Man in a thousand years.
Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.
Love is my religion - I could die for it.
Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
It is truer to say that martyrs create faith more than faith creates martyrs.
Teach me, 0 God, not to torture myself, not to make a martyr out of myself through stifling reflection, but rather teach me to breathe deeply in faith.
The torments of martyrdom are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders.
Martyrs have been sincere. And so have tyrants. Wise men have been sincere. And so have fools.
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