The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
— Soren Kierkegaard

The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.
Mohammed martyr quote

The only difference between a suicide and a martyrdom really is the amount of press coverage.
— Chuck Palahniuk

The torments of martyrdom are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.
— E. M. Cioran