Martin Luther (1483-1546)

“We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.”

“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”

“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”

“Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.”

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”

“You have as much laughter as you have faith.”

“The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest.”

“This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.”

“Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly.”

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

“There never yet have been, nor are there now, too many good books.”

“I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.”

“Let the wife make her husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”

“Feelings come and feelings go, and feelings are deceiving; My warrant is the Word of God — Naught else is worth believing.

“True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue.”

“I cannot choose but adhere to the word of God, which has possession of my conscience; nor can I possibly, nor will I even make any recantation, since it is neither safe nor honest to act contrary to conscience! Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God! Amen.”

“Reason is a whore, 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.”

“Beer is made by men, wine by God.”

“The devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God….Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity, and other devices.”

“Since then your sere Majesty and your Lordships seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner, neither horned nor toothed. Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen.”

“A person who…does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God, must be a clodhopper indeed and does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs.”

“There are two days in my calendar: This day and that Day.”

“Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We are conquered if we try too conscientiously not to sin at all. So when the devil says to you: do not drink, answer him: I will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to.”

“God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.”

“Here I stand; I can do no other.”

“A unjust law, is no law at all.”

“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say”

“Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved.”

“All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.”

“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.”

“I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my Guide.”

“One Book is enough, but a thousand books is not too many!”

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”

“All the cunning of the devil is exercised in trying to tear us away from the word.”

“It is neither right nor safe to go against my conscience.”

“The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.”

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

“The heart overflows with gladness, and leaps and dances for the joy it has found in God. In this experience the Holy Spirit is active, and has taught us in the flash of a moment the deep secret of joy. You will have as much joy and laughter in life as you have faith in God.”

“They are trying to make me into a fixed star. I am an irregular planet.”

“Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.”

“I’ve got so much work to do today, I’d better spend two hours in prayer instead of one.”

“When God’s righteousness is mentioned in the gospel, it is God’s action of declaring righteous the unrighteous sinner who has faith in Jesus Christ. The righteousness by which a person is justified (declared righteous) is not his own but that of another, Christ.”

“He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.”

“The fewer the words, the better the prayer.”

“No great saint lived without errors.”

“Thus every matter, if it is to be done well, calls for the attention of the whole person.”

“I know not the way He leads me, but well I know my guide.”

“Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying..”

“Great thieves go Scott-free, as the Pope and his crew.”

“Maternity is a glorious thing, since all mankind has been conceived, born, and nourished of women. All human laws should encourage the multiplication of families.”

“We are nothing with all our gifts be they ever so great, except God assist us.”

“If you want to interpret well and confidently, set Christ before you, for He is the man to whom it all applies, every bit of it.”

“Every book is a great action and every great action is a book!”

“This is the reason why our theology is certain: because it seizes us from ourselves and places us outside ourselves.”

“This is the most dangerous trial of all, when there is no trial and every thing goes well; for then a man is tempted to forget God, to become too bold and to misuse times of prosperity.”

“Peace if possible. Truth at all costs.”

“Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.”

“If God had not permitted the people of Jerusalem to be torn asunder and driven them from the land, but had let them keep it after before, no one could convince them that they are not God`s chosen people.”

“I see a word that hates evil more than it loves good.”
“False preachers are worse than deflowerers of virgins.”

“Blood alone moves the wheels of history”

“Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.”

“Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge.”

“Philosophy is the Devil’s Whore”

“As long as we live there is never enough singing.”

“The gospel cannot be truly preached without offense and tumult.”

“People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.”

“Despair makes priests and friars.”

“How can a reason which hates God be called sound?”

“Faith is a living, unshakable confidence in God’s grace; it is so certain that someone would die a thousand times for it.”

“By faith we began, by hope we continue, and by revelation we shall obtain the whole.”

“Our whole life should be manly; we should fear God and put our trust in him.”

“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”

“Good news from heaven the angels bring,
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is given,
To crown us with the joy of heaven.”

“Sometimes the curses of the godless sound better than the hallelujahs of the pious.”

“Good works are the seals and proofs of faith; for even as a letter must have a seal to strengthen the same, even so faith must have good works.”

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