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 martyrdom quote

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

The people who have really made history are the martyrs.
— Aleister Crowley

It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.
— Horace Mann