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Martin Luther
German Protestant theologian and reformer
(1483-1546)



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Mönchlein, Mönchlein, du gehst einen schweren Gang.
(Little monk, little monk, you are embarking on a difficult journey.)
-- On the eve of his departure for the Diet of Worms

Hier stehe ich, ich kann nicht anders. Gott helfe mir.
Here I stand. I can do other. God help me.
-- Speech at the Diet of Worms, 18 April 1521

Worauf du nun ... dein Herz hängt und verlässt, das ist eigentlich dein Gott.
Whatever your heart clings to and relies upon, that is really your God.
-- Large Catechism (1529)

Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott,
Ein gute Wehr und Waffen.

A safe stronghold is our God,
A trusty shield and weapon.
-- Opening words of hymn by Martin Luther (1529)

Darum gibt unser Herr Gott gemeiniglich Reichtum den groben Eseln, denen er sonst nichts genönnt.
For that reason our Lord God commonly gives wealth to those coarse asses to whom he grants nothing else.
-- Table Talk (1531-46)

For where God built a church, there the devil would also build a
chapel... In such sort is the devil always God's ape.
-- Colloquia Mensalia (1566), as translated in Martin Luther's Divine Discourses (H. Bell, tr.) (1652)

Medicine makes sick patients, for doctors imagine diseases, as mathematics makes hypochondriacs and theology sinners.
-- Attributed to Martin Luther

Wer nicht liebt Wein, Weib und Gesang,
Der bleibt ein Narr sein Leben lang.

Whoever does not love wine, women and song,
Remains a fool his whole life long.
-- Attributed to Martin Luther (inscribed in the Luther room in Wartburg, Germany, but no confirmed proof of authorship)



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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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