Our admiration is so given to dead martyrs that we have little time for living heroes.
It is truer to say that martyrs create faith more than faith creates martyrs.
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.
Martyrs are needed to create incidents. Incidents are needed to create revolutions. Revolutions are needed to create progress.
The path of those who preach love, and not hatred, is not easy. They often have to wear a crown of thorns.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea.
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.
Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood - never.
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.
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.
There are daily martyrdoms occurring of more or less self-abnegation, and of which the world knows nothing.
While I do not suggest that humanity will ever be able to dispense with its martyrs, I cannot avoid the suspicion that with a little more thought and a little less belief their number may be substantially reduced.
God discovers the martyr and confessor without the trial of flames and tortures, and will hereafter entitle many to the reward of actions which they had never the opportunity of performing.
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.
Why should women not be a martyr for her cause?
Martyrs do not underrate the body, they allow it to be elevated on the cross. In this they are at one with their antagonists.
It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.
I would sooner read five lines of the Bible than hear five masses in the "Church".
Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins.
God has given me the bread of adversity and the water of trouble.
Dying for an idea,' again, sounds well enough, but why not let the idea die instead of you?
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.
Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
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