The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.
The only difference between a suicide and a martyrdom really is the amount of press coverage.
The torments of martyrdom are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders.
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Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.
The people who have really made history are the martyrs.
It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.
The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.
I am as content to die for God's eternal truth on the scaffold as in any other way.
Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
I'm fighting so I can die a martyr and go to heaven to meet God.
Our fight now is against the Americans.
One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted.
It requires greater courage to preserve inner freedom, to move on in one's inward journey into new realms, than to stand defiantly for outer freedom. It is often easier to play the martyr, as it is to be rash in battle.
It is the cause, not the death that makes the martyr.
No human beings more dangerous than those who have suffered for a belief: the great persecutors are recruited from the martyrs not quite beheaded. Far from diminishing the appetite for power, suffering exasperates it.
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 martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning.
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.
The way of the world is, to praise dead saints, and persecute living ones.
What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
The difference between a man who faces death for the sake of an idea and an imitator who goes in search of martyrdom is that whilst the former expresses his idea most fully in death it is the strange feeling of bitterness which comes from failure that the latter really enjoys; the former rejoices in his victory, the latter in his suffering.
Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.
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.
There are in every generation those who shrink from the ultimate sacrifice, but there are in every generation those who make it with joy and laughter and these are the salt of the generations.
I will soon be going out to shape all the singing tomorrows.
Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness of a belief.
Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins.
No man dies for what he knows to be true.
Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true.
Suffering is the ancient law of love;
there is not quest without pain; there is no lover who is not also a martyr.
The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf.
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.
Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you do not know when it is through if you are a crook or a martyr.
I wish to be a martyr, and I don't fear death.
I want to be able to raise my kid. I was totally being a martyr about it at first, thinking I could totally do it on my own, which I did for a while. I've hired a babysitter before, but as for a full-time caregiver... for a control freak like me, it ain't gonna happen!
Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom.
I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion - I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more - I could be martyred for my religion - Love is my religion - I could die for that.
Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
Feast of Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr, the man who will not act until he knows all will never act at all.
Why should women not be a martyr for her cause?
What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr's cause has ever been stilled by an assassin's bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.
It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.