First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I'm not a Jew. Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I'm not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I'm not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to help me.— Martin Niemoller
The most unpopular Martin Niemoller quotes that will inspire your inner self
If you can laugh at yourself, you are going to be fine.
If you allow others to laugh with you, you will be great.
Don't let your life wait for other people.
A man doesn't realize how much he can stand until he is put to the test.
You can stand far more than you think you can. You are much stronger than you think you are.
The heart does heal and you will love like this again- except when you do, you'll deny that you ever loved like this before.
That which does not kill you will ultimately make you stronger.
There was no one left to speak for me.
For politicians truth and falsehood are unimportant.
So I never could become a politician - not even a church politician.
We had been frightened of atomic weapons since 1945.
In those days I became convinced - and remain convinced now - that, after Hitler, Truman was the greatest murderer in the world.
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist.
If it hurts, DON'T DO IT AGAIN.
If your intuition is telling you not to do something, then don't. Your intuition is not stupid.
When Hitler came for the Jews... I was not a Jew, therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists, I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned. Then, Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church - and there was nobody left to be concerned.
We have no more thought of using our own powers to escape the arm of authorities than had the Apostles of old. No more are we ready to keep silent at man's behest when God commands us to speak. For it is, and must remain, the case that we must obey God rather than man.
I have never concealed the fact and said it before the court in 1938 that I came from an anti-Semitic past and tradition... I ask only that you look at my life historically and take it as history. I believe that from 1933 I truly represented the Lutheran-Christian outlook on the Jewish question - as I revealed before the court - but that I returned home after eight years' imprisonment as a completely different person.
More than fifty-five years ago my father told me, "The Bible does not belong on the shelf but in your hand, under your eye, and in your heart."
When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat.
It took me a long time to understand that God is not the enemy of my enemies.
God is not even the enemy of God's enemies.
First they went after the Communists, and I did not stand up, because I was not a Communist. Then they went after the homosexuals and infirm, and I did not stand up, because I was neither. Then they went after the Jews, and I did not stand up, because I was not a Jew. Then they went after the Catholics, and I did not stand up, because I was Protestant. Finally, they went after me, and there was no one left to stand up for me.
If you're not living I mean really living, you're dead already.
Ask the first man you meet what he means by defending freedom, and he'll tell you privately he means defending the standard of living.
One thing is clear, the president of North Vietnam is not a fanatic.
He is a very strong and determined man, but capable of listening, something that is very rare in a person of his position.
For it is, and must remain, the case that we must obey God rather than man.