Martin Luther Quotes

No good work is undertaken or done with wise reflection. It must all happen in a half-sleep.

Original sin is in us, like the beard. We are shaved today and look clean, and have a smooth chin; tomorrow our beard has grown again, nor does it cease growing while we remain on earth.

God does not work salvation for fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin vigorously… Do not for a moment imagine that this life is the abiding place of justice; sin must be committed.

Sin cannot tear you away from him (Christ), even though you commit adultery a hundred times a day and commit as many murders.

As to the common people… one has to be hard with them and see that they do their work and that under the threat of the sword and the law they comply with the observance of piety, just as you chain up wild beasts.

Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him… Keep still, and He will mold thee to the right shape.

A false love blinds parents so that they regard the body of their child more than his soul. Hence the wise man says, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes”. (Prov. XIII,24)

When God wants to speak and deal with us, he does not avail himself of an angel but of parents, or the pastor, or of our neighbor.

Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we prohibit and abolish women? The sun, moon, and stars have been worshipped. Shall we pluck them out of the sky.

I am not of the opinion that all the arts shall be crushed to earth and perish through the Gospel, as some bigoted persons pretend, but would willingly see them all, and especially music, servants of Him who gave and created them.