Short Quotes by Martin Luther

Don’t forget to check out the rarely quoted quotes by Martin Luther here.

+  +  +

“The most dangerous sin of all is the presumption of righteousness.” – Martin Luther

About Nature:

“Be thou comforted, little dog. Thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail.”
― Martin Luther

“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” ― Martin Luther

“The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest.” ― Martin Luther

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.” ― Martin Luther

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” ― Martin Luther

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” ― Martin Luther

 Music:

“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it
is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” ― Martin
Luther

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
― Martin Luther

“Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.” ― Martin Luther

“Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.” ― Martin Luther

“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” ― Martin Luther

“The devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God….Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity, and other devices.” ― Martin Luther

“A person who…does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God, must be a clodhopper indeed and does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs.” ― Martin
Luther

“As long as we live there is never enough singing.” ― MartinLuther

“Next to theology I give music the highest place of honor.” ―MartinLuther

“I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us. Who has skill in the art of music is of good temperament and fitted for all things.” ―Martin Luther

“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”― Martin Luther

Prayer:

“Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.”― Martin Luther

“All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.” ― MartinLuther

“Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon.”
― Martin Luther

“The fewer the words, the better the prayer.” ― Martin Luther

“Pray, and let God worry.” ― Martin Luther

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” ― Martin Luther

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” ―Martin Luther

“God is ready to give more quickly, and to give more than you ask; yea, he offers his treasures if we only take them. It is truly a great shame and a severe chastisement for us Christians that God should still upbraid us for our slothfulness in prayer, and that we fail to let such a rich and excellent promise incite us to pray.” – Martin Luther

“Prayer is a very precious medicine, one that helps and never fails.” – Martin Luther

“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness.” ― Martin Luther

“No one can believe how powerful prayer is and what it can effect, except those who have learned it by experience. Whenever I have prayed earnestly, I have been heard and have obtained more than I prayed for. God sometimes delays, but He always comes.” ― Martin Luther

“God wants us to pray, and he wants to hear our prayers—not because we are worthy, but because he is merciful.” ― Martin Luther, Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional

“You must learn to call on the Lord. Don’t sit all alone or lie on the couch, shaking your head and letting your thoughts torture you. Don’t worry about how to get out of your situation or brood about your terrible life, how miserable you feel, and what a bad person you are. Instead, say, “Get a grip on yourself, you lazy bum! Fall on your knees, and raise your hands and eyes toward heaven. Read a psalm. Say the Lord’s Prayer, and tearfully tell God what you need.” ― Martin Luther, Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional

“All teachers of Scripture conclude that the essence of prayer is simply the lifting up of the heart to God. But if this is so, it follows that everything else that doesn’t lift up the heart to God is not prayer. Therefore, singing, talking, and whistling without this lifting up of your heart to God are as much like prayer as scarecrows in the garden are like people. The name and appearance might be there, but the essence is missing.” ― Martin Luther, Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional

Education:

“When schools flourish, all flourishes.” ― Martin Luther

“I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.” ― Martin Luther

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” ― Martin Luther

“There never yet have been, nor are there now, too many good books.” ― Martin Luther

“One Book is enough, but a thousand books is not too many!” ― Martin Luther

“The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing.” ― Martin Luther

“Every book is a great action and every great action is a book!” ― Martin Luther

“I am persuaded that without knowledge of literature pure theology cannot at all endure. . . . When letters have declined and lain prostrate, theology, too, has wretchedly fallen and lain prostrate. . . . It is my desire that there shall be as many poets and rhetoricians as possible, because I see that by these studies as by no other means, people are wonderfully fitted for the grasping of sacred truth and for handling it skillfully and happily.” ― Martin Luther

“I only ask in all kindness that the man who wishes at this time to have my books will by no means let them be a hindrance to his own study of the Scriptures, but read them as I read the orders and the ordures of the pope and the books of the sophists.” ― Martin Luther, Works of Martin Luther With Introductions and Notes

“No, I’m not drunk or impulsive. I know what I am saying and understand fully what this will mean for me as I stand before the Lord Jesus Christ on the Last Day. No one should think that I am joking or rambling. I’m serious! 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 Luther

“People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.”― Martin Luther

“If you young fellows were wise, the devil couldn’t do anything to you, but since you aren’t wise, you need us who are old.”― Martin Luther

“In the midst of the affliction He counsels, strengthens confirms, nourishes, and favors us…. More over, when we have repented, He instantly remits the sins as well as the punishments. In the same manner parents ought to handle their children.” ― Martin
Luther

“Thus every matter, if it is to be done well, calls for the attention of the whole person.” ― Martin Luther

“If there is anything in us, it is not our own; it is a gift of God. But if it is a gift of God, then it is entirely a debt one owes to love, that is, to the law of Christ. And if it is a debt owed to love, then I must serve others with it, not myself. Thus my learning is not my own; it belongs to the unlearned and is the debt I owe them…My wisdom belongs to the foolish, my power to the oppressed. Thus my wealth belongs to the poor, my righteousness to the sinners.” ― Martin Luther

“It is with all these qualities that we must stand before God and intervene on behalf of those who do not have them, as though clothed with someone else’s garment…But even before men we must, with the same love, render them service against their detractors and those who are violent toward them; for this is what Christ did for us.” ― Martin Luther, Luther’s Works Lectures on Galatians/Chapters 5-6

“As when my little son John offendeth: if then I should not whip him, but call him to the table unto me, and give him sugar and plums, thereby, I should make him worse, yea should quite spoil him.” ― Martin Luther, The Table Talk of Martin Luther

“Teaching is of more importance than urging.” ―Martin Luther

“Some plague the people with too long sermons; for the faculty of listening is a tender thing, and soon becomes weary and satiated.” ― Martin Luther

“One learns more of Christ in being married and rearing children than in several lifetimes spent in study in a monastery.” ― Martin Luther

“One becomes a theologian by living, by dying, and by being damned, not by understanding, reading, and speculation.” ― Martin Luther

“I am much afraid that the universities will prove to be the great gates of hell, unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures, and engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.” ― Martin Luther

“What would it profit us to possess and perform everything else and be like pure saints, if we meanwhile neglected our chief purpose in life, namely, the care of the young?”  Martin Luther

Conscience:

(Reply to the Diet of Worms) “Since your majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns or teeth. Unless I am convinced by Scripture and by plain reason (I do not believe in the authority of either popes or councils by themselves, for it is plain that they have often erred and contradicted each other) in those Scriptures that I have presented, for my conscience is captive to the Word of God, I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me. Amen.”  ― Martin Luther

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right….” ― Martin Luther

“Feelings come and feelings go,
And feelings are deceiving;
My warrant is the Word of God–
Naught else is worth believing.

Though all my heart should feel condemned
For want of some sweet token,
There is One greater than my heart
Whose Word cannot be broken.

I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word
Till soul and body sever,
For, though all things shall pass away,
HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER!”  ― Martin Luther

“I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self.” ― Martin Luther

“I more fear what is within me than what comes from without.” ― Martin Luther

“I shall never be a heretic; I may err in dispute, but I do not wish to decide anything finally; on the other hand, I am not bound by the opinions of men.” ― Martin Luther

“Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die.” ― Martin Luther

“Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly.”  ― Martin Luther

“All the cunning of the devil is exercised in trying to tear us away from the word.” ― Martin Luther

“You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.” ― Martin Luther

“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”  ― Martin Luther

Scripture:

“The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.” — Martin Luther

“Then they began to say: ‘Yes, but how can we know what is God’s Word, and what is right or wrong? We must learn this from the Pope and the councils.’ Very well then, let them conclude and say what they please, yet I will reply, you cannot put your confidence in that nor thus satisfy your conscience, for you must determine this matter yourself, for your very life depends upon it. Therefore God must speak to your heart: This is God’s Word; otherwise you are undecided.” – Martin Luther

“First I shake the whole Apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf.” ― Martin Luther

“Christ is the Master; the Scriptures are only the servant. The true way to test all the Books is to see whether they work the will of Christ or not. No Book which does not preach Christ can be apostolic, though Peter or Paul were its author. And no Book which does preach Christ can fail to be apostolic, although Judas, Ananias, Pilate, or Herod were its author.” ― Martin Luther

“We are also to notice here that all the works of the law are not commanded merely for the purpose that we simply just perform them; no, no; for if God had given even more commandments, he would not want us to keep them to the injury and destruction of love. Yea, if these commandments oppose the love of our neighbor, he wants us to renounce and annul them.” — Martin Luther (citation here #11)

“Therefore, when the law impels one against love, it ceases and should no longer be a law; but where no obstacle is in the way, the keeping of the law is a proof of love, which lies hidden in the heart. Therefore ye have need of the law, that love may be manifested; but if it cannot be kept without injury to our neighbor, God wants us to suspend and ignore the law.” — Martin Luther (citation here #13)

“From this you are to conclude, all works are nothing that do not originate in love or are against love. No commandments should be in force, except those in which the law of love can be exercised.” — Martin Luther (citation here #17)

“Therefore we conclude that all law, divine and human, treating of outward conduct, should not bind any further than love goes. Love is to be the interpreter of law.” — Martin Luther (citation here #8)

“Since then all law exists to promote love, law must soon cease where it is in conflict with love. Therefore, everything depends upon a good leader or ruler to direct and interpret the law in accordance with love.” — Martin Luther (citation here #9)

“And thus we should apply every law, even as love suggests, that it be executed where it is helpful to a fellow-man, and dispensed with where it does harm.” — Martin Luther (citation here #10)

“As Christ here treats of the law relating to the Sabbath and makes it subserve the needs of man, so we should treat laws of that kind and keep them only so far as they accord with love. If laws do not serve love, they may be annulled at once, be they God’s or man’s commands.” — Martin Luther (citation here #17)

“If you are a Christian you have power to dispense with all commandments so far as they hinder you in the practice of love.” — Martin Luther (citation here #20)

“The sum of this Gospel then is: Love and necessity control all law; and there should be no law that cannot be enforced and applied in love. If it cannot, then let it be done away with, even though an angel from heaven had promulgated it.”  — Martin Luther (citation here #28)

“The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid.” ― Martin Luther

“The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.”  ― Martin Luther

“If you want to interpret well and confidently, set Christ before you, for He is the man to whom it all applies, every bit of it.” ― Martin Luther

“The truth of the matter is rather as Christ says, “He who is not with me is against me.” … He does not say “He who is not with me is not against me either, but merely neutral.”  ― Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will

“Forgiveness is God’s command.” ― Martin Luther

‘If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.” ― Martin Luther

“And what is it that preachers do, to this very day? Do they interpret and expound the Scriptures? Yet if the Scripture they expound is uncertain, who can assure us that heir exposition is certain? Another new exposition? And who will expound the exposition? At this rate we will go on forever. In short, if Scripture is obscure or ambiguous, what part is there in God’s giving it to us?” ― Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will

“To feed on milk” means, to taste the favor and the kind grace of God. “To taste the goodness of God” means, to experience it in one’s life. For should I preach a hundred years of God, how kind, sweet and good he is, that he condescends to help man, and I have not yet myself tasted it through experience; thus all is still in vain and no one is in this way taught to trust God rightly.  – Martin Luther

“We come to the New Testament, where again a host of imperative verbs is mustered in support of that miserable bondage of free-choice, and the aid of carnal Reason with her inferences and similes is called in, just as in a picture or a dream you might see the King of the flies with his lances of straw and shields of hay arrayed against a real and regular army of seasoned human troops. That is how the human dreams of Diatribe go to war with the battalions of divine words.” ― Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will

“The devil and temptations also do give occasion unto us somewhat to learn and understand the Scriptures, by experience and practice. Without trials and temptations we should never understand anything thereof; no, not although we diligently read and heard the same.” ― Martin Luther, The Table Talk of Martin Luther

“To find Christ in such poverty, and what his swaddling clothes and manger signify, are explained … that his poverty teaches how we should find him in our neighbors, the lowliest and the most needy; and his swaddling clothes are the holy Scriptures; that in actual life we should incline to the needy; and in our studies and contemplative life only to the Scriptures; in order that Christ alone may become the man of both lives and that he may everywhere stand before us.” – Martin Luther

Church:

“Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are?” ― Martin Luther

“Therefore, it depends not on the person, whoever it may be, that administers baptism or that receives it; who it is that preaches the Word or hears it. They may be saints or sinners, believers or unbelievers; if only the Word is preached and taught in its purity, then the ministry is also right, no matter who the minister may be.”  – Martin Luther

“Blood alone moves the wheels of history.” ― Martin Luther

“For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel.” ― Martin
Luther

“To gather with God’s people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.” ― Martin Luther

“It is, therefore, his purpose to teach us how his work is to be done in the Christian church after his resurrection, namely, that he will not reject nor cast out those who are weak in their faith, yea, not even those who are held in error or ignorance, or who are otherwise weak, fearful, and despairing. They are rather the very persons in whom he will exercise and manifest the power of his resurrection, not only by inviting them to come to him, but also by coming to them, and treating them in the gentlest and kindest way, talking with them, teaching and instructing them, yea, even eating with them, until at length they grow strong and secure in their faith; while their hearts, so sad and sorrowful for a time, are again filled with joy.” – Martin Luther

“Therefore, is thy brother a sinner? Then cover his sin and pray for him. Dost thou publish his sins, then truly thou art not a child of your merciful Father; for otherwise thou wouldst be also as he, merciful. It is certainly true that we cannot show as great mercy to our neighbor, as God has to us; but it is the true work of the devil that we do the very opposite of mercy, which is a sure sign that there is not a grain of mercy in us.” – Martin Luther

“Learn from this, then, that our neighbor is to be sought as a lost sheep, that his shame is to be covered with our honor, that our piety is to be a cover for his sins. But nowadays, when men come together they backbite one another; and thus they would show how zealous they are against sin. Therefore, ye men, whenever ye come together, do not backbite your neighbors. Make not one face at one person and another at someone else…. Likewise, ye women, when you come together, conceal the shame of others, and do not cause wounds which you cannot heal. Should you meet with anything like this in some one’s house, then throw your mantle over shame and wounds, and close the door. A very good reason for doing this is that you would have others do the same to you.” – Martin Luther

Faith:

“You should point to the whole man Jesus and say, ‘That is God.’” ― Martin Luther

“Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.” ― Martin Luther

“Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.”
― Martin Luther

“This is true faith, a living confidence in the goodness of God.”  – Martin Luther

“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” ― Martin Luther

“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.  ― Martin Luther

“Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see. “ ― Martin Luther

“The heart overflows with gladness, and leaps and dances for the joy it has found in God. In this experience the Holy Spirit is active, and has taught us in the flash of a moment the deep secret of joy. You will have as much joy and laughter in life as you have faith in God.”  ― Martin Luther

“Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.” ― Martin Luther

“We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.” ― MartinLuther

“Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther

“Reason is the enemy of faith.” ― Martin Luther

“Therefore, when some say good works are forbidden when we preach faith alone, it is as if I said to a sick man: “If you had health, you would have the use of your limbs; but without health the works of your limbs are nothing”‘ and he wanted to infer that I had forbidden the works of all his limbs.”  ― Martin Luther, A Treatise on Good Works

“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” ― Martin Luther

“Although it is very easy to marry a wife, it is very difficult to support her along with the children and the household. Accordingly, no one notices this faith of Jacob. Indeed, many hate fertility in a wife for the sole reason that the offspring must be supported and brought up. For this is what they commonly say: ‘Why should I marry a wife when I am a pauper and a beggar? I would rather bear the burden of poverty alone and not load myself with misery and want.’ But this blame is unjustly fastened on marriage and fruitfulness. Indeed, you are indicting your unbelief by distrusting God’s goodness, and you are bringing greater misery upon yourself by disparaging God’s blessing. For if you had trust in God’s grace and promises, you would undoubtedly be supported. But because you do not hope in the Lord, you will never prosper.”  ― Martin Luther, Sermons of Martin Luther, The 

“Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved.” ― Martin Luther

“Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge.” ― Martin Luther

“I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my Guide.” ― Martin Luther

“Good works are the seals and proofs of faith; for even as a letter must have a seal to strengthen the same, even so faith must have good works.” ― Martin Luther, The Table
Talk of Martin Luther

“Believest thou? then thou wilt speak boldly. Speakest thou boldy? then thou must suffer. Sufferest thou? then thou shalt be comforted. For … faith, the confession thereof, and the cross do follow one another.” ― MartinLuther, The Table Talk of Martin Luther

“Is it not a thing most abominable, that God who feeds so many mouths, should be held in such low esteem by me, that I will not trust him to feed me? Yea, that a guilder, thirty-eight cents, should be valued more highly than God, who pours out his treasures everywhere in rich profusion. For the world is full of God and his works. He is everywhere present with his gifts, and yet we will not trust in him, nor accept his visitation.”  – Martin Luther

“Where faith is not continually kept in motion and exercised, it weakens and decreases, so that it must indeed vanish; and yet we do not see nor feel this weakness ourselves, except in times of need and temptation, when unbelief rages too strongly; and yet for that very reason faith must have temptations in which it may battle and grow.”  – Martin Luther

“The two chief things are faith and love. Faith receives the good; love gives the good. Faith offers us God as our own; love gives us to our neighbor as his own.”  – Martin Luther

“Remember well that the sheep have to pass judgment upon that which is placed before them. They should say: We have Christ as our Lord and prefer his Word to the words of any man or to those of the angels of darkness.… For Christ says here that the sheep judge and know which is the right voice and which is not. Now let them come along. Have they [the religious leaders] decreed anything? We will examine whether it is right, and according to our own judgment interpret that which is a private affair for each individual Christian, knowing that the authority to do this is not human, but divine. Even the real sheep flee from a stranger and hold to the voice of their shepherd.”  – Martin Luther

Other:

“We do not tell lies about our neighbors, betray or slander them, or destroy their reputations. Instead, we are to come to their defense, speak well of them and interpret everything they do in the best possible light.”  – Martin Luther

“In short, I will preach it [the Word], teach it, write it, but I will constrain no man by force, for faith must come freely without compulsion. Take myself as an example. I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything.” ― Martin Luther (From Luther’s Invocavit Sermon 2, March 1522)

“The God of this world is riches, pleasure and pride.” ― Martin Luther

“The Lord commonly gives riches to foolish people, to whom he gives nothing  else.” ― Martin  Luther

“Therefore we conclude that all law, divine and human, treating of outward conduct, should not bind any further than love goes. Love is to be the interpreter of law.”  – Martin Luther

“Now, this is the sum of the law: You are to be kind, amiable and benignant in heart, word and deed; and even though they take your life, still you are to suffer all in love, and render thanks to your Lord…. Christ lived up to this; do the same, and you are a good Christian.” – Martin Luther

“But know that to serve God is nothing else than to serve your neighbor and do good to him in love, be it a child, wife, servant, enemy, friend.…If you do not find yourself among the needy and the poor, where the Gospel shows us Christ, then you may know that your faith is not right, and that you have not yet tasted of Christ’s benevolence and work for you.” – Martin Luther

“So we are to give heed to do everything in behalf of our neighbor, and ever to be mindful, that Christ has done this and that for me; why should I not also for his sake freely do all for my neighbor? And see to it that all the works you do are directed not to God, but to your neighbor.” – Martin Luther

“So our Lord God commonly gave riches to  those gross asses to whom he vouchsafed nothing else.” ―  Martin  Luther

“Whoever possesses riches is lord of the riches. Whoever serves them is their slave and does not possess them, but they possess him; for he [cannot] make use of them when he desires, and cannot serve others with them; yea, he is not bold enough to dare to touch it.” – Martin Luther

“The man who has the will to undergo all labor may win to any good.” ― Martin  Luther

“The reproduction of mankind is a great marvel and mystery. Had God consulted me in the matter, I should have advised him to continue the generation of the species by fashioning them out of clay.” ― Martin Luther

“The will is a beast of burden. If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills; if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills; Nor can it choose its rider… the riders ontend for its possession.” ― Martin  Luther

“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” ― Martin  Luther

“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see  him leave.” ― Martin  Luther

“War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.” ― Martin  Luther

“Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God.” ― Martin  Luther

“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.” ― Martin Luther

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”― Martin Luther

“If I am not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there.” ― Martin Luther

“Nothing good ever comes of violence.” ― Martin Luther

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” ― Martin Luther

“Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.” ― Martin Luther

“Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.” ― Martin Luther

“This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.”― Martin Luther

“True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue.” ― Martin Luther

“Beer is made by men, wine by God.” ― Martin Luther

“He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.” ― Martin Luther

“Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport,  recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We are conquered if we try too  conscientiously not to sin at all. So when the devil says to you: do not drink, answer him: I will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to.” ― Martin Luther

“There are two days in my calendar: This day and that Day.”― Martin Luther

“An unjust law, is no law at all.” ― Martin Luther

“Therefore, when the law impels one against love, it ceases and should no longer be a law; but where no obstacle is in the way, the keeping of the law is a proof of love, which lies hidden in the heart. Therefore ye have need of the law, that love may be manifested; but if it cannot be kept without injury to our neighbor, God wants us to suspend and ignore the law.” Martin Luther

“For [Christ] and his kingdom and church are bound neither to Moses’ Law nor to Judaism, although they were instituted by God, much less to the government of pope and bishops, established by themselves. Neither has he taken or received anything from them, but he is the Lord of Moses and of all creatures, to whom all men should be subject.” Martin Luther

“It is beyond the sphere of the kingdom of Christ to urge the people with the law.” Martin Luther

“In the kingdom of God, where God rules with the Gospel, there is no demand for right and dues, but all is pure forgiveness, pardon and giving, no anger, no punishment, but all is pure brotherly service and kindness.” Martin Luther

“Jehovah thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.” Here Moses declares that the people will no longer hearken to him, and that his teaching will end when this prophet Christ appears to whom they should hearken thenceforth. This also demonstrates that Christ was to be a light and Savior after Moses, and no doubt better than Moses; for otherwise Moses would not have declared that his teaching and guiding would terminate, but that it would continue along with that of Christ.” Martin Luther

“Since then all law exists to promote love, law must soon cease where it is in conflict with love.” Martin Luther

“The reason for enacting all laws and ordinances is only to establish love, as Paul says, Rom. 13, 10: “Love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.” Martin Luther

“If all the preachers arise and preach the Law, attempting thereby to make people godly, what do they accomplish? They accomplish nothing. For, briefly, there must first be love in the heart, otherwise nothing is accomplished in keeping the Law.… Teach first of all how to obtain love, then men will be able to keep the Law. The Holy Spirit is given, as we have stated, for the purpose of abrogating [formally putting aside] the Law. Hence, Christians are not to be governed by laws.… Now, Christ does not want us to keep his Word with outward observance, like a finite law, but with the heart, with joy and love. But who will give us this joy and love? The Holy Spirit gives it, and no one else.” Martin Luther

“For all works and things, which are either commanded or forbidden by God and thus  have been instituted by the supreme Majesty, are ‘musts.’ Nevertheless, no one should be dragged to them or away from them by the hair, for I can drive no man to heaven or beat him into it with a club.” ― Martin Luther

“It is better to think of church in the ale-house than to think of the ale-house in church.” ― Martin Luther

“We are nothing with all our gifts be they ever so great, except God assist us.” ― Martin
Luther, Commentary on Galatians

“They are trying to make me into a fixed star. I am an irregular planet.” ―Martin Luther

“Maternity is a glorious thing, since all mankind has been conceived, born, and nourished of women. All human laws should encourage the multiplication of families.” ― Martin Luther

“All we who believe on Christ are kings and priests in Christ.” ― Martin  Luther, Concerning Christian Liberty – Martin Luther

“This is the most dangerous trial of all, when there is no trial and everything goes well; for then a man is tempted to forget God, to become too bold and to misuse times of prosperity.” ― Martin Luther,  A Treatise on Good Works

“Those speak foolishly who ascribe their anger or their impatience to such as offend them or to tribulation. Tribulation does not make people impatient, but proves that they are impatient. So everyone may learn from tribulation how his heart is constituted.” ― Martin Luther

“Thus, dear friends, I have said it clearly enough, and I believe you ought to understand it and not make liberty a law…” ― Martin Luther

“There are some who are still weak in faith, who ought to be instructed, and who would  gladly believe as we do. But their ignorance prevents them…we must bear patiently with these people and not use our liberty…we, too, should order our lives and use our liberty at the proper time, so that Christian liberty may suffer no injury, and no offense be  given to our weak brothers and sisters who are still without the knowledge of this liberty. ” ― Martin Luther

“From you, my dear Erasmus, let me obtain this request, that just as I bear with your  ignorance in these matters, so you in turn will bear with my lack of eloquence.” ― Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will

“The gospel cannot be truly preached without offense and tumult.” ― Martin Luther, The Table Talk of Martin Luther

“No great saint lived without errors.” ― Martin Luther, The Table Talk of Martin Luther

“That is what Reason can neither grasp nor endure, and what has offended all these men of outstanding talent who have been so received for so many centuries. Here they demand that God should act according to human justice, and do what seems right to them or else cease to be God.” ― Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will

“No one would be happier than Luther to be commended by the testimony of the time  that he had been neither slack nor deceitful in maintaining the course of truth, but had shown quite enough and even too much vehemence.” ― Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will

“I frankly confess that even if it were possible I should not wish to have free choice given to me, or to have anything left in my own hands by which I might strive for salvation.” ― Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will

“The management of the household must have the ministration of the dear ladies” ― Martin Luther, Luther’s Commentary on Genesis/The Confessions of Saint Augustine

“Despair makes priests and friars.” ― Martin Luther, The Table Talk of Martin Luther

“Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” ― Martin
Luther

“Christ sayeth not, Abstain from the flesh, from marrying, from housekeeping, etc., as  the Papists teach, for that were even to invite the devil and all his fellows to a feast.” ― Martin Luther, The Table Talk of Martin Luther

“Therefore nothing were better for us than soon to be conveyed to the last dance, and  covered with shovels.” ― Martin Luther, The Table Talk of Martin Luther

“A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone.” ― Martin Luther, On Christian Liberty

“Christian life consists of faith and charity.” ― Martin Luther

“This is the most dangerous trial of all, when there is no trial and everything is and goes well; for then a man is tempted to forget God, to become too bold and to misuse the times of prosperity” ― Martin Luther, A Treatise on Good Works

“This is the reason why our theology is certain: because it seizes us from ourselves and places us outside ourselves.” ― Martin Luther

“There is no wisdom save in truth. Truth is everlasting, but our ideas about truth are changeable. Only a little of the first fruits of wisdom, only a few fragments of the boundless heights, breadths and depths of truth, have I been able to gather.” ― Martin Luther

“An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free,  some serfs, some rulers, some subjects.” ― Martin Luther

“The hair is the richest ornament of women.”― Martin Luther

“In our sad condition, our only consolation is the expectancy of another life. Here  below all is incomprehensible.” ― Martin Luther

“The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.” ― Martin Luther

“A good servant is a real godsend, but truly this is a rare bird in the land.”― Martin Luther

“Superstition, idolatry and hypocrisy have ample wages, but the truth goes begging.”― Martin Luther

“Cannons and firearms are cruel and damnable machines; I believe them to have been the direct suggestion of the Devil. If Adam had seen in a vision the horrible instruments his children were to invent, he would have died of grief.”― Martin Luther

“Mankind has a free will; but it is free to milk cows and to build houses, nothing more.”― Martin Luther

“An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom and the church.”― Martin Luther

“No one need think that the world can be ruled without blood. The civil sword shall and must be red and bloody.”― Martin Luther

“Christians are rare people on earth.”― Martin Luther

“We are to know the tree from its fruits. For when I view his heart with spiritual eyes, I recognize it is full of blasphemy and hatred to his neighbor. From these fruits I know that the tree is evil.” – Martin Luther

“One knows the corrupt tree by its fruits, as they, under the pretense of being good, are so bitter, angry, impatient, cruel and mad as to condemn and pass sentence, when one touches them at their tender spot and rejects their ideas and ways.” Martin Luther

“Christ says: “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.…” The bird is known by its song, for it sings according to its nature. Therefore all the world knows that nothing represents the condition of the heart so perfectly and so positively as the words of the mouth, just as though the heart were in the word.”  – Martin Luther

“I have often said that God acts toward [a person the way a person thinks]; as you think and believe concerning [God, that’s who] he is to you…If our hearts picture [God] as gracious or angry, pleasant or harsh, we have him that way… Those who regard him as angry toward them will find him so; but whoever can say: I know that he will be a gracious father to me and forgive my sins, they will have that experience with him.  – Martin Luther

  1. Therefore, my dear hearer, let natural art depart. If you do not know what powers the stars, stones, wood, animals or any creatures possess, after which knowledge the natural art strives, even doing its best, then be satisfied with that which your experience and common sense teach you. Nor does it matter much whether you know all this or not; it is enough for you to know that fire is hot and water cold and wet, that in summer time different work must be done than during the winter; to know how to attend to your farm, stock, home and children. This is enough for you as to natural art. Beyond this think only of how you can learn to know Christ. He will teach you to know yourself, who you are and what power lieth in you. In this way you will know God and yourself, which no master of the arts of nature ever learned as St. Paul says, 1 Cor. 2, 8.  (From his sermon on Matt. 2:1-12).
Share

10 Responses to Short Quotes by Martin Luther

  1. Pingback: A New Gospel | Praying the Gospels

  2. caleb says:

    thanks you so much for keeping the Quotes topic wise, may god bless your effords, if you can do it for other men of god it will bring great blessing brother.

    Your brother in christ blood,
    Caleb .N

  3. Alex kogo says:

    thanx martin…you have done great to change and encaurage people frm all fields, teachers, students,theologians,believers,etc…u will be remembered for your great deeds of reforming da church…GOd blss

  4. Christ Centered powerful.

  5. Pingback: From Brain Calisthenics to Heritage Promulgation, Music Can Do (Almost) Anything! | Issues in Lutheran Education

  6. Anne says:

    Another Martin Luther quote, re: education: “Reason and intellect are enemies of faith, to be utterly crushed and destroyed. Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.”

  7. Pingback: Martin Luther’s love of God’s creation | Churchmouse Campanologist

  8. Pingback: Music That Will Move You | Pointes of View

  9. ken spellman says:

    Martin Luthers quotes ring true and still speak to our hearts timelessly. Sola Fide. sola Faith Alone!

  10. Ron says:

    I heard that Martin Luther once said something like, “God does not look at you because you are beautiful. You are beautiful because God is looking at you.”

    I don’t think that is the correct quote, as I heard it in passing; so if anyone knows the exact saying please forward it to me.

    In His Love

Comments are closed.