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A collection of Thought-Provoking Martin Luther Quotes about religion, worship, marriage, happiness, God, prayer, hope, love, life and more.

98 Thought-Provoking Martin Luther Quotes That Are Still Relevant

Quick Facts

Famous As
Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer

Born On
10 November 1483 AD

Died On
18 February 1546 AD

Born In
Eisleben, Germany

Died At Age
62

Martin Luther was a composer, professor of theology, monk and a priest of German descent. He was a central figure in Protestant Reformation and perhaps the most well-known revolutionary of the 14th century. He severely criticized the Roman Catholic Church because he sincerely believed that it was the Bible and not the Church that should determine the legitimacy and interpretation of the Lord's word. To make holy teachings more accessible to the German public, he translated the book into German language. Having completed his studies from the Efurt University, Luther followed Aristotle's philosophy and theology concepts. Being fed up with materialism, he switched to spiritualism and reflected on his personal failures, sins and weak points. This gave him the strength to emerge as a spiritual leader. Luther strongly believed that money cannot purchase freedom from God's punishment for our sins. With repentance, one can earn salvation. He proposed high-quality academic discussions in this regard and published Ninety five theses to bring a drastic change to traditional ideologies. Despite the Emperor condemning him as an outlaw and the Pope asking him to renounce all his writings, Luther protested against religious extremists that brought him in positive light. Nevertheless, in the last few years of his life, his antagonistic views against Jews made him a controversial character in history. Martin Luther has been one of the most influential people and quoted extensively. Luther's writings and influence on the church are still important today and quoted quite extensively. We have scanned his work, speeches and writings to get some of his most popular quotes and sayings. Presenting a collection of Martin Luther quotes that are still relevant today.

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

- Martin Luther

We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.

- Martin Luther

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.

- Martin Luther

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

- Martin Luther

I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.

- 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

Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.

- Martin Luther

You have as much laughter as you have faith.

- 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

Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly.

- 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

Beer is made by men, wine by God.

- Martin Luther

There never yet have been, nor are there now, too many good books.

- Martin Luther

Let the wife make her husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry to see him leave.

- Martin Luther

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.

- Martin Luther

Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved.

- 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

There are two days in my calendar: This day and that Day.

- Martin Luther

Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!

- Martin Luther

The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.

- 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.

- Martin Luther

A unjust law, is no law at all.

- Bibelausgaben, Martin Luther

All the cunning of the devil is exercised in trying to tear us away from the word.

- Martin Luther

I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my Guide.

- Martin Luther

Peace if possible. Truth at all costs.

- Martin Luther

Here I stand; I can do no other.

- Martin Luther

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.

- Martin Luther

One Book is enough, but a thousand books is not too many!

- Martin Luther

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.

- Martin Luther

They are trying to make me into a fixed star. I am an irregular planet.

- Martin Luther

The fewer the words, the better the prayer.

- Martin Luther

It is neither right nor safe to go against my conscience.

- Martin Luther

It is better to think of church in the ale-house than to think of the ale-house in church.

- Martin Luther

God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.

- Martin Luther

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying..

- 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

A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all.

- On Christian Liberty, Martin Luther

Pray, and let God worry.

- Martin Luther

Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness.

- 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

No great saint lived without errors.

- The Table Talk of Martin Luther, Martin Luther

I've got so much work to do today, I'd better spend two hours in prayer instead of one.

- Martin Luther

As long as we live there is never enough singing.

- Martin Luther

The sin underneath all our sins is to trust the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ and must take matters into our own hands

- Martin Luther

He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.

- Martin Luther

To be convinced in our hearts that we have forgiveness of sins and peace with God by grace alone is the hardest thing.

- Commentary on Galatians, Martin Luther

The gospel cannot be truly preached without offense and tumult.

- The Table Talk of Martin Luther, Martin Luther

Many pass for saints on earth whose souls are in hell.

- The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther

Be thou comforted,little dog;thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail.

- Martin Luther

Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.

- Martin Luther

Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God, your functional savior.

- 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

Thus every matter, if it is to be done well, calls for the attention of the whole person.

- Martin Luther

Pestis eram vivus ... moriens tua mors ero - "Living, I was your plague ... dying, I shall be your death.

- Martin Luther

In his life Christ is an example showing us how to live in his death he is a sacrifice satisfying our sins in his resurrection a conqueror in his ascension a king in his intercession a high priest.

- Martin Luther

The soul can do without everything except the word of God, without which none at all of its wants are provided for.

- On Christian Liberty, Martin Luther

Here I stand, I can do no other, God help me. Amen!

- Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, 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.

- The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther

Every book is a great action and every great action is a book!

- 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

How soon 'not now' becomes 'never'!

- Martin Luther

This is the reason why our Theology is certain: because it seizes us from ourselves and places us outside ourselves.

- Martin Luther

This is the most dangerous trial of all, when there is no trial and every thing goes well; for then a man is tempted to forget God, to become too bold and to misuse times of prosperity.

- A Treatise on Good Works, Martin Luther

By faith we began, by hope we continue, and by revelation we shall obtain the whole.

- Commentary on Galatians, Martin Luther

We are nothing with all our gifts be they ever so great, except God assist us.

- Commentary on Galatians, Martin Luther

Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge.

- 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

Philosophy is the Devil's Whore

- Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings, Martin Luther

False preachers are worse than deflowerers of virgins.

- The Table Talk of Martin Luther, Martin Luther

Hier stehe Ich. Ich kann nicht anders.

- 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

Great thieves go Scott-free, as the Pope and his crew.

- The Table Talk of Martin Luther, Martin Luther

Here again you confuse and mix everything up in your usual way.

- The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther

God made man out of nothing, and as long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us.

- Martin Luther

And though this world with devils filled, Should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.

- Martin Luther

Strange, though I am saved from sin, I am not saved from sinning.

- Martin Luther

Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.

- Martin Luther

It is not imitation that makes sons. It is sonship that make imitators.

- Martin Luther

Faith is a living, unshakable confidence in God's grace; it is so certain that someone would die a thousand times for it.

- Martin Luther

Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason.

- Martin Luther

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

- Martin Luther

All we who believe on Christ are kings and priests in Christ.

- On Christian Liberty, Martin Luther

He [Christ] died for me. He made His righteousness mine and made my sin His own; and if He made my sin His own, then I do not have it, and I am free.

- Martin Luther

To preach Christ is to feed the soul, to justify it, to set it free, and to save it, if it believes the preaching.

- On Christian Liberty, Martin Luther

I see a word that hates evil more than it loves good.

- Martin Luther

God does not need our good works, but our neighbor does.

- Martin Luther

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

- Martin Luther

How can a reason which hates God be called sound?

- Martin Luther

Blood alone moves the wheels of history

- 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.

- The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther

It is easy enough to do good once or twice, but to keep on doing good without getting disgusted with the ingratitude of those whom we have benefited, that is not so easy.

- Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians, Martin Luther

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

The Pope is a mere tormentor of conscience. The assembly of his greased and religious crew in praying was altogether like the croaking of frogs, which edified nothing at all.

- The Table Talk of Martin Luther, Martin Luther

Let the man who would hear God speak read Holy Scripture.

- Martin Luther

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.

- Martin Luther

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.

- The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther

I compare it with a lie, which like to a snowball, the longer it is rolled the greater it becomes.

- The Table Talk of Martin Luther, Martin Luther