And I myself, in Rome, heard it said openly in the streets, “If there is a hell, then Rome is built on it.” That is, “After the devil himself, there is no worse folk than the pope and his followers.”Martin LutherAgainst the Roman Papacy, An Institution of the Devil ( Wider das Papstum zu Rom vom Teuffel Gestifft, A. D. 1545)
I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict Scripture.Martin LutherLetter to Chancellor Gregory Brück (An Den Kanzler Brück), 1524-01-13, in Dr. Martin Luther's Briefe, Sendschreiben und Bedenken:volständig aus den verschiedenen Ausgaben seiner Werke und Briefe, aus andern Büchern und noch unbenutzten Handschriten gesammelt. From the Wilhelm Martin Leberecht De Wette Collection of Luther's Letters (Berlin: Georg reimer, 1826) vol. 2, p. 459 (Letter DLXXII; Latin text).
Rough, boisterous, stormy and altogether warlike, I am born to fight against innumerable monsters and devils.Martin LutherQuoted in Vincent Cronin The Flowering of the Renaissance (1969).
Wer nicht liebt Wein,Weib und Gesang, Der bleibt ein Narr sein Leben lang. Who loves not woman, wine and song Remains a fool his whole life long.Martin LutherAttributed. This was inscribed in the Luther room at Wartburg, but is probably apocryphal.
If it were art to overcome heresy with fire, the executioners would be the most learned doctors on earth.Martin LutherTo the Christian Nobility of the German States (1520), translated by Charles M. Jacobs, reported in rev. James Atkinson, The Christian in Society, I (Luther’s Works, ed. James Atkinson, vol. 44), p. 207 (1966).
The works of the righteous would be mortal sins if they would not be feared as mortal sins by the righteous themselves out of pious fear of God.Martin Luther"Heidelberg Disputation: Thesis 7" (1518), .
Dieser yrthum von freyen willen ist eyn eygen Artickel des Endchrist.Martin LutherThis error of free will is a special doctrine of the Antichrist.
The fool will upset the whole science of astronomy.Martin LutherAbout Nicolaus Copernicus
By God's grace, I know Satan very well. If Satan can turn God's Word upside down and pervert the Scriptures, what will he do with my words -- or the words of others?Martin LutherConfession Concerning Christ's Supper, Part 3. Robert E. Smith, tr.Dr. Martin Luthers Werke: Kritische Gesamtsusgabe. (Weimar: Herman Boehlaus Nachfolger, 1909), pp.499-500. 
But since the devil's bride, Reason, that pretty whore, comes in and thinks she's wise, and what she says, what she thinks, is from the Holy Spirit, who can help us, then? Not judges, not doctors, no king or emperor, because [reason] is the Devil's greatest whore.Martin LutherThe original German is "Vernunft ... ist die höchste Hur, die der Teufel hat".
When we are inclined to boast of our position [as Christians] we should remember that we are but Gentiles, while the Jews are of the lineage of Christ. We are aliens and in-laws; they are blood relatives, cousins, and brothers of our Lord. Therefore, if one is to boast of flesh and blood the Jews are actually nearer to Christ than we are.Martin LutherThat Jesus Christ Was Born a JewLuther's Works, American Edition (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1962), Volume 45, Page 201.
...women and girls begin to bare themselves behind and in front, and there is nobody to punish and hold in check, and besides, God’s word is mocked.Martin LutherTo His Housewife (An Seine Hausfrau), end of July 1545, De Wette, vol. v (Fünfter Theil, 1828), p. 753. No. MMCCLXXXVI  McGiffert, P.374 (English tr.).
Tell your master that if there were as many devils at Worms as tiles on its roofs, I would enter.Martin LutherPsalm. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (translated by Frederic H. Hedge), Reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). "On the 16th of April, 1521, Luther entered the imperial city [of Worms]... On his approach… the Elector's chancellor entreated him, in the name of his master, not to enter a town where his death was decided. The answer which Luther returned was simply this". Bunsen, Life of Luther.
Here I stand; I can do no otherwise. God help me. Amen!Martin LutherSpeech at the Diet of Worms (1521), reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 186; and in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
Dear rulers ... I maintain that the civil authorities are under obligation to compel the people to send their children to school. ... If the government can compel such citizens as are fit for military service to bear spear and rifle, to mount ramparts, and perform other martial duties in time of war, how much more has it a right to compel the people to send their children to school, because in this case we are warring with the devil, whose object it is secretly to exhaust our cities and principalities of their strong men.Martin LutherMartin Luther, 1524, letter to the German rulers quoted in The History of Compulsory Education in New England, John William Perrin, 1896.
A penny saved is of more value than a penny paid out (Der Sparpfennig ist reicher denn der Zinspfenning).Martin LutherWhat Luther Says, Section on “Life, Human,” No. 2438. Rules for a Thrifty Life. 2, p. 784.
Heretics cannot themselves appear good unless they depict the Church as evil, false, and mendacious. They alone wish to be esteemed as the good, but the Church must be made to appear evil in every respect.Martin LutherDictata super Psalterium (Dictations on the Psalter). This is Luther's first major work from the years 1513 to 1515. (See What Luther Says, Ewald Martin Plass, ed., vol. 3, p. 1590. )
For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel...Thus is the Devil ever God's ape.Martin Luther67. Compare "Where God hath a temple, the Devil will have a chapel", Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy, part III, section 4, member 1, subsection 1.
Faith, like light, should ever be simple and unbending; while love, like warmth, should beam forth on every side, and bend to every necessity of our brethren.Martin LutherP. 220. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Faith looks to the word and the promise; that is, to the truth. But hope looks to that which the word has promised, to the gift .Martin LutherP. 221. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
We believe that the very beginning and end of salvation, and the sum of Christianity, consists of faith in Christ, who by His blood alone, and not by any works of ours, has put away sin, and destroyed the power of death.Martin LutherP. 224. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Faith ever says, "If Thou wilt," not "If Thou canst."Martin LutherP. 241. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
We may search long to find where God is, but we shall find Him in those who keep the words of Christ. For the Lord Christ saith, " If any man love me, he will keep my words; and we will make our abode with him."Martin LutherP. 278. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.Martin LutherGerman professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and figure in the Protestant Reformation
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