Martyr Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old martyr quotes, martyr sayings, and martyr proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


If you are willing to kill for your beliefs, you are a murderer; if you are willing to die for your beliefs, you are a martyr.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

No martyr ever went the way of duty, and felt the shadow of death upon it. The shadow of death is darkest in the valley, which men walk in easily, and is never felt at all on a steep place, like Calvary. Truth is everlasting, and so is every lover of it; and so he feels himself almost always.     

William Mountford

A man must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool. It is absurd to say that a man is ready to toil and die for his convictions if he is not even ready to wear a wreathe around his head for them.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

A martyr can never cooperate with death, go to death in a way that they're not trying to escape.     

Stanley Hauerwas

The martyr endured tortures to affirm his belief in truth but he never asserted his disbelief in torture.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

While we may not be called to martyr our lives, we must martyr our way of life. We must put our selfish ways to death and march to a different beat. Then the world will see Jesus.     

Michael Tait

The problem with martyrs is that they're all dead. What do they have to do with us that are simple enough to still be alive? Should we just give up and want to die because death is better than dishonor? But suicide is a sin too so we really are damned if we do and damned if we don't.     

Rosamund Hodge

Martyrs do not underrate the body, they allow it to be elevated on the cross. In this they are at one with their antagonists.     

Franz Kafka

The martyrs shook the powers of darkness with the irresistible power of weakness.     

John Milton

Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The people who have really made history are the martyrs.     

Aleister Crowley

The sad truth is that societies that demand whistleblowers be martyrs often find themselves without either, and always when it matters the most.     

Edward Snowden

Martyrdom, as a rule, establishes the sincerity of the martyr, never the correctness of his thought. Things are true or false in themselves.     

Robert Green Ingersoll

The victim to too severe a law is considered as a martyr rather than a criminal.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Martyrs are needed to create incidents. Incidents are needed to create revolutions. Revolutions are needed to create progress.     

Chester Himes

If you die and enough people are watching, then you become a martyr, you become a hero, you become well-known.     

Marilyn Manson

A martyr is someone willing to die for what he believes in. A fanatic is someone willing for you to die for what he believes in.     

Marsha Hinds

One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted.     

Thomas Reed

What a trajedy to be a martyr for love, yet we worship the characters anyways because they remind us of how we struggled.     

Shannon L. Alder

Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness of a belief.     

Arthur Schnitzler

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A willing heart will believe anything and die for anything.     

Bangambiki Habyarimana

The Martyr finds her way to self-knowledge through pain, suffering, and surrender.     

Paulo Coelho

Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.     

Arthur Schopenhauer