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Martin Luther Quotes

Birth Date: 1927-09-11 (Sunday, September 11th, 1927)
Date of Death: 2007-05-15 (Tuesday, May 15th, 2007)


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Martin Luther, age 17, enters the University of Erfurt.Monday, January 14th, 1501
Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology (Doctor in Biblia).Saturday, October 19th, 1512
Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg.Monday, October 21st, 1512
Pope Leo X threatens to excommunicate Martin Luther in papal bull Exsurge Domine.Tuesday, June 15th, 1520
Martin Luther burns his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine outside Wittenberg s Elster Gate.Friday, December 10th, 1520
Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem.Monday, January 3rd, 1521
Martin Luther s first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.Saturday, April 16th, 1521
Martin Luther speaks to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings.Sunday, April 17th, 1521
The Diet of Worms ends when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw.Wednesday, May 25th, 1521
Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for priests and nuns.Saturday, June 13th, 1525
American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. s home is bombed in retaliation for the Montgomery Bus Boycott.Monday, January 30th, 1956
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.Tuesday, April 16th, 1963
During a 200,000-person civil rights rally in at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his famous I have a dream speech.Wednesday, August 28th, 1963
American civil rights movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr becomes the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.Wednesday, October 14th, 1964
Martin Luther King Jr leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.Sunday, March 21st, 1965
Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King, Jr. successfully complete their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.Thursday, March 25th, 1965
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" speech in New York City s Riverside Church.Tuesday, April 4th, 1967
Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I ve Been to the Mountaintop" speech.Wednesday, April 3rd, 1968
Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.Thursday, April 4th, 1968
James Earl Ray is arrested for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.Saturday, June 8th, 1968
In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He would later retract his guilty plea.Monday, March 10th, 1969
Convicted Martin Luther King Jr. assassin James Earl Ray is recaptured after escaping from prison three days before.Monday, June 13th, 1977
Martin Luther King Jr. is posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom.Monday, July 11th, 1977
Martin Luther King, Jr., day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.Monday, January 20th, 1986
For the first time, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed in all 50 states.Monday, January 18th, 1993


    • Wir sein pettler. Hoc est verum.
    • By God's grace, I know Satan very well. If Satan can turn God's Word upside down and pervert the Scriptures, what will he do with my words -- or the words of others?
    • Faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of God's favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it. Such confidence and knowledge of God's grace makes you happy, joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures. The Holy Spirit makes this happen through faith. Because of it, you freely, willingly and joyfully do good to everyone, serve everyone, suffer all kinds of things, love and praise the God who has shown you such grace.
    • If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong (sin boldly), but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides. We, however, says Peter (2. Peter 3:13) are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth where justice will reign.
    • What does it mean to have a god? or, what is God? Answer: A god means that from which we are to expect all good and to which we are to take refuge in all distress, so that to have a God is nothing else than to trust and believe Him from the [whole] heart; as I have often said that the confidence and faith of the heart alone make both God and an idol. If your faith and trust be right, then is your god also true; and, on the other hand, if your trust be false and wrong, then you have not the true God; for these two belong together faith and God. That now, I say, upon which you set your heart and put your trust is properly your god.
    • But since the devil's bride, Reason, that pretty whore, comes in and thinks she's wise, and what she says, what she thinks, is from the Holy Spirit, who can help us, then? Not judges, not doctors, no king or emperor, because [reason] is the Devil's greatest whore.
    • When we are inclined to boast of our position [as Christians] we should remember that we are but Gentiles, while the Jews are of the lineage of Christ. We are aliens and in-laws; they are blood relatives, cousins, and brothers of our Lord. Therefore, if one is to boast of flesh and blood the Jews are actually nearer to Christ than we are.
    • I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict Scripture.
    • But the Jews are so hardened that they listen to nothing; though overcome by testimonies they yield not an inch. It is a pernicious race, oppressing all men by their usury and rapine. If they give a prince or magistrate a thousand florins, they extort twenty thousand from the subjects in payment. We must ever keep on guard against them.
    • They are splendidly built ( Italian Hospitals ), the best food and drink are at hand, the attendants are very diligent, the physicians are learned, the beds and coverings are very clean, and the bedsteads are painted. As soon as a sick man is brought in, all his clothes are taken off in the presence of a notary and are faithfully kept for him. He is then laid in a handsomely painted bed with clean sheets. Two physicians are fetched at once. Attendants come with food and drink, served in immaculate glass vessels; these are not touched with as much as a finger but are brought on a tray.
    • I think these things ( firearms ) were invented by Satan himself, for they can't be defended against with (ordinary) weapons and fists. All human strength vanishes when confronted with firearms. A man is dead before he sees what's coming.
    • For the history of the centuries that have passed since the birth of Christ nowhere reveals conditions like those of the present. There has never been such building and planting in the world. There has never been such gluttonous and varied eating and drinking as now. Wearing apparel has reached its limit in costliness. Who has ever heard of such commerce as now encircles the earth? There have arisen all kinds of art and sculpture, embroidery and engraving, the like of which has not been seen during the whole Christian era. In addition men are so delving into the mysteries of things that today a boy of twenty knows more than twenty doctors formerly knew.
    • ...women and girls begin to bare themselves behind and in front, and there is nobody to punish and hold in check, and besides, God's word is mocked.
    • Few are the women and maidens who would let themselves think that one could at the same time be joyous and modest. They are all bold and coarse in their speech, in their demeanor wild and lewd. That is now the fashion of being in good cheer. But it is specially evil that the young maiden folk are exceedingly bold of speech and bearing, and curse like troopers, to say nothing of their shameful words and scandalous coarse sayings, which one always hears and learns from another.
    • 'For He that is mighty hath done great things for me, and Holy is His Name' (Luke 1:49). Luther comments:
    • The 'great things' are nothing less than that she became the Mother of God, in which work so many and such great good things are bestowed upon her as pass man's understanding. For on this there follows all honor, all blessedness, and her unique place in the whole of mankind, among whom she has no equal, namely, that she had a child by the Father in Heaven, and such a child. She herself is unable to find a name for this work, it is too exceedingly great; all she can do is break out in the fervent cry: 'They are great things,' impossible to describe or define. Hence men have crowded all her glory into a single word, calling her the Mother of God. No one can say anything greater of her or to her, though he had as many tongues as there are leaves on the trees, or grass in the fields, or stars in the sky, or sand by the sea. It needs to be pondered in the heart, what it means to be the Mother of God.
    • On coming to the house, they (the Magi), saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. (Matthew 2:11)
    • [This] adoration, too, was not the same as the worship of God. In my opinion they did not yet recognize him as God, but they acted in keeping with the custom mentioned in Scripture, according to which Kings and important people were worshiped; this did not mean more than falling down before them at their feet and honoring them.
    • Religion is not 'doctrinal knowledge,' but wisdom born of personal experience.
    • Holy Christendom has, in my judgment, no better teacher after the apostles than St. Augustine.
    • And I myself, in Rome, heard it said openly in the streets, 'If there is a hell, then Rome is built on it.' That is, 'After the devil himself, there is no worse folk than the pope and his followers.'
    • Luther's Works, Church and Ministry III, American Ed., Helmut T. Lehman, Eric W. Gritsch, eds., Augsburg Fortress Press, 1966, Vol. 41:279. ISBN 0800603419 ISBN 9780800603410.
    • A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing; Our helper He amid the flood Of mortal ills prevailing.
    • Tell your master that if there were as many devils at Worms as tiles on its roofs, I would enter.
    • Here I stand; I can do no otherwise. God help me. Amen!
    • Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes a-begging.
    • For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel...Thus is the Devil ever God's ape.
    • A faithful and good servant is a real godsend; but truly 't is a rare bird in the land.
    • The Mass is the greatest blasphemy of God, and the highest idolatry upon earth, an abomination the like of which has never been in Christendom since the time of the Apostles.
    • There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
    • A theologian is born by living, nay dying and being damned, not by thinking, reading, or speculating.
    • Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but--more frequently than not --struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.
    • If it were art to overcome heresy with fire, the executioners would be the most learned doctors on earth.
    • Hier stehe ich, ich kann nicht anders. Gott helfe mir. Amen.
    • The mad mob does not ask how it could be better, only that it be different. And when it then becomes worse, it must change again. Thus they get bees for flies, and at last hornets for bees.
    • Ein' feste burg is unser Gott, ein gute wehr und waffen. Er hilft uns frei aus aller not, die uns itzt hat betroffen.
    • What can only be taught by the rod and with blows will not lead to much good; they will not remain pious any longer than the rod is behind them.
    • Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.
    • Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die.
    • Idiots, the lame, the blind, the dumb, are men in whom the devils have established themselves: and all the physicians who heal these infirmities, as though they proceeded from natural causes, are ignorant blockheads.
    • If [women] become tired or even die, that does not matter. Let them die in childbirth--that is why they are there.
    • Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and ... know nothing but the word of God.
    • Sin cannot tear you away from him [Christ], even though you commit adultery a hundred times a day and commit as many murders.
    • There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
    • We are all ministers of the Gospel. Some of us just happen to be clergymen.
    • Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason.
    • Nothing good ever comes of violence
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