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The Best Quotes About Martyrdom

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    Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins.

    Mark Twain
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    The difference between a man who faces death for the sake of an idea and an imitator who goes in search of martyrdom is that whilst the former expresses his idea most fully in death it is the strange feeling of bitterness which comes from failure that the latter really enjoys; the former rejoices in his victory, the latter in his suffering.

    Søren Kierkegaard
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    I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion --I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more --I could be martyred for my religion --Love is my religion --I could die for that.

    John Keats
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    The people who have really made history are the martyrs.

    Aleister Crowley
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    The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood -- never.

    Albert Camus
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    The torments of martyrdom are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true.

    Oscar Wilde
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    It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.

    Horace Mann
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    We are not here to triumph by fighting, by strata gem, or by resistance, not to fight with beasts as men. We have fought the beast and have conquered. We have only to conquer now, by suffering. This is the easier victory.

    T. S. Eliot
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    Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.

    George Eliot
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    What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

    Thomas Jefferson
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    Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.

    Emil Cioran
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    No human beings more dangerous than those who have suffered for a belief: the great persecutors are recruited from the martyrs not quite beheaded. Far from diminishing the appetite for power, suffering exasperates it.

    Emil Cioran
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