65 Martin Luther Quotes from German Priest & Theologian

Martin Luther was a German priest whose call for reform sparked the Protestant Reformation.

Initially studying philosophy and law Luther entered a monastery in 1505 and was ordained in 1507.

His experiences particularly a trip to Rome in 1510 and personal doubts led him to the doctrine of justification by faith which holds that salvation is a gift from God’s grace.

Martin Luther Quotes

In 1517 Luther challenged the Roman Catholic Church’s practices such as the sale of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses. His actions resulted in excommunication in 1521.

While in hiding Luther translated the Bible into German significantly impacting the language.

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He married former nun Katherine of Bora in 1525 raising five children.

Luther’s teachings were instrumental in the formation of the Lutheran Church and his works included hymns liturgy and theological writings.

Below are some of the most famous quotes by Martin Luther.

Best Martin Luther Quotes

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

Beer is made by men, wine by God. ~ Martin Luther.

Pray, and let God worry. ~ Martin Luther.


A unjust law, is no law at all. ~ Martin Luther.

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

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

Forgiveness is God’s command. ~ 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 know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my Guide. ~ Martin Luther.

Famous Martin Luther Quotes

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

I cannot choose but adhere to the word of God, which has possession of my conscience; nor can I possibly, nor will I even make any recantation, since it is neither safe nor honest to act contrary to conscience! Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God! Amen. ~ Martin Luther.


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

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

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

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

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

Top Martin Luther Quotes

The fewer the words, the better the prayer. ~ Martin Luther.

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

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


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

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

One Book is enough, but a thousand books is not too many! ~ Martin Luther.

Peace if possible. Truth at all costs. ~ Martin Luther.

Popular Martin Luther Quotes

The gospel cannot be truly preached without offense and tumult. ~ Martin Luther.

I more fear what is within me than what comes from without. ~ Martin Luther.

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

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

As long as we live there is never enough singing. ~ Martin Luther.

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

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

Great Martin Luther Quotes

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

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


Here I stand; I can do no other. ~ 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.

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

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

Nothing good ever comes of violence. ~ Martin Luther.

Every book is a great action and every great action is a book! ~ Martin Luther.

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

No great saint lived without errors. ~ Martin Luther.

Insightful Martin Luther Quotes

You have as much laughter as you have faith. ~ 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.

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

Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. ~ 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 on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~ 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.

Wise Martin Luther Quotes

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. ~ Martin Luther.


Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding. ~ 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. ~ Martin Luther., Commentary on Galatians

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.

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

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

So these were the 65 top Martin Luther quotes and sayings.

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