The history of missions is the history of answered prayer. From Pentecost to the Haystack meeting in New England and from the days when Robert Morrison landed in China to the martyrdom of John and Betty Stam, prayer has been the source of power and the secret of spiritual triumph.
I could be martyred for my religion. Love is my religion and I could die for that. I could die for you.
It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
Ideas grow quickly when watered with the blood of martyrs.
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.
Far from diminishing the appetite for power, suffering exasperates it.
Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.
Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood - never.
It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.
The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
No human beings are more dangerous than those who have suffered for a belief
The people who have really made history are the martyrs.
When the Christians, upon these occasions, received martyrdom, they were ornamented, and crowned with garlands of flowers; for which they, in heaven, received eternal crowns of glory.
The only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
The torments of martyrdom are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders.
Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.
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.
There are in every generation those who shrink from the ultimate sacrifice, but there are in every generation those who make it with joy and laughter and these are the salt of the generations.
No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true.
Play the man, Mastre Ridley; we shall this day light such a cndle, by God's grace in England, as I trust shall never be put out.
I am as content to die for God's eternal truth on the scaffold as in any other way.
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