129 Martin Luther Quotes

Martin Luther played a large part in the Protestant reformation in the 16th century. At the age of 20, he came across the Bible for the first time. Many years later he realized that salvation did not come through being fearful of God, but rather faith was the way. This belief was not taken well and made him a wanted man. He went into hiding and while being hidden by some of his friends he translated the entire New Testament into German, so the Bible could be read by a much larger population of people.

  • "Earth has nothing more tender than a woman's heart when it is the abode of piety."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Women, The Heart, Piety

  • "War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity; it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: War

  • "The defects of a preacher are soon spied. Let him be endued with ten virtues, and have but one fault, and that one fault will eclipse and darken all his virtues and gifts, so evil is the world in these times."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Preaching, Virtue

  • "I would not give one moment of heaven for all the joy and riches of the world, even if it lasted for thousands and thousands of years."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Heaven

  • "The reproduction of mankind is a great marvel and mystery. Had God consulted me in the matter, I should have advised him to continue the generation of the species by fashioning them out of clay."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: God

  • "Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Faith, Reasoning

  • "The recognition of sin is the beginning of salvation."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Sin, Repentance

  • "I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Contentment

  • "Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Sin, Temptation

  • "Riches are the pettiest and least worthy gifts which God can give a man. What are they to God's Word, to bodily gifts, such as beauty and health; or to the gifts of the mind, such as understanding, skill, wisdom! Yet men toil for them day and night, and take no rest. Therefore God commonly gives riches to foolish people to whom he gives nothing else."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Finances, Gifts, Foolishness

  • "Original sin is in us, like the beard. We are shaved today and look clean, and have a smooth chin; tomorrow our beard has grown again, nor does it cease growing while we remain on earth. In like manner original sin cannot be extirpated from us; it springs up in us as long as we live. Nevertheless we are bound to resist it to our utmost strength, and to cut it down unceasingly."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Sin

  • "Monastic vows rest on the false assumption that there is a special calling, a vocation, to which superior Christians are invited to observe the counsels of perfection while ordinary Christians fulfil only the commands; but there simply is no special religious vocation since the call of God comes to each at the common tasks."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Faith

  • "Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Prayer, The Heart

  • "The idea that the service to God should have only to do with a church altar, singing, reading, sacrifice, and the like is without doubt but the worst trick of the devil. How could the devil have led us more effectively astray than by the narrow conception that service to God takes place only in a church and by the works done therein. The whole world could abound with the services to the Lord, Gottesdienste - not only in churches but also in the home, kitchen, workshop, field."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Service, Home

  • "You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say."

    - Martin Luther
    Topics: Gossip, Apathy

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