Books by Dr. Martin Luther

Quotes by Dr. Martin Luther
The First Sermon on the Day of the Visitation of Mary (Die erste Predigt am Tag der Heimsuchung Mariä). (1532).
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.
Religion is not 'doctrinal knowledge,' but wisdom born of personal experience.
I shall not have it judged by any man, not even by any angel. For since I am certain of it, I shall be your judge and even the angels’ judge through this teaching (as St. Paul says [1 Cor.
For He that is mighty hath done ''great things'' for me, and Holy is His Name (Luke 1:49). Luther comments:
Whoever teaches differently from what I have taught, or whoever condemns me therein, he condemns God and must remain a child of hell.
Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die.
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?'
What can only be taught by the rod and with blows will not lead to much good; they will not remain pious any longer than the rod is behind them.
Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen.
I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict Scripture.
A penny saved is of more value than a penny paid out (Der Sparpfennig ist reicher denn der Zinspfenning).
On coming to the house, they ([[w:Magi|the Magi]]), saw the child with his mother Mary, and ''they bowed down and worshiped him''. (Matthew 2:11)
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'.
Here I stand; I can do no otherwise. God help me. Amen!
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.
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
Dieser yrthum von freyen willen ist eyn eygen Artickel des Endchrist.
If it were art to overcome heresy with fire, the executioners would be the most learned doctors on earth.
Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.
The mad mob does not ask how it could be better, only that it be different. And when it then becomes worse, it must change again. Thus they get bees for flies, and at last hornets for bees.
Holy Christendom has, in my judgment, no better teacher after the apostles than [[St. Augustine]].
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.
Tell your master that if there were as many devils at Worms as tiles on its roofs, I would enter.
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