Our admiration is so given to dead martyrs that we have little time for living heroes.
Martyrs have been sincere. And so have tyrants. Wise men have been sincere. And so have fools.
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 path of those who preach love, and not hatred, is not easy. They often have to wear a crown of thorns.
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.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
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.
The torments of martyrdom are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders.
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.
No human beings more dangerous than those who have suffered for a belief: the great persecutors are recruited from the martyrs not quite beheaded. Far from diminishing the appetite for power, suffering exasperates it.
The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.
Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.
It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
The people who have really made history are the 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.
It does matter that it's the Olympics. I just did it my way. I'm not a martyr, and I'm not a do-gooder. I just want to go out and rock. And man, I rocked here.
He that dies a martyr proves that he was not a knave, but by no means that he was not a fool.
Christianity has made martyrdom sublime, and sorrow triumphant.
O, how much those men are to be valued who, in the spirit with which the widow gave up her two mites, have given up themselves! How their names sparkle! How rich their very ashes are! How they will count up in heaven!
One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted.
Why should women not be a martyr for her cause?
Glorious the northern lights astream; Glorious the song, when God's the theme; Glorious the thunder's roar: Glorious hosanna from the den; Glorious the catholic amen; Glorious the martyr's gore.
If martyrdom is now on the decline, it is not because martyrs are less zealous, but because martyr-mongers are more wise. The light of intellect has put out the fire of persecution, as other fires are observed to smoulder before the light of the same.
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