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Men have broad and large chests, and small narrow hips, and more understanding than women, who have but small and narrow breasts, and broad hips, to the end they should remain at home, sit still, keep house, and bear and bring up children.Martin Luther (1483-1546), German religious reformer. Table Talk (1569).
Cannons and fire-arms are cruel and damnable machines; I believe them to have been the direct suggestion of the Devil. If Adam had seen in a vision the horrible instruments his children were to invent, he would have died of grief.Martin Luther (1483-1546), German leader of the Protestant Reformation. Table Talk, sct. 820 (1569).
Christians are to be taught that the pope would and should wish to give of his own money, even though he had to sell the basilica of St. Peter, to many of those from whom certain hawkers of indulgences cajole money.Martin Luther (1483-1546), German leader of the Protestant Reformation. No. 51 of the Ninety-Five Theses pinned onto the door of the castle church at Wittenberg, Germany (October 31, 1517).
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If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.Martin Luther (1483-1546), German leader of the Protestant Reformation. Preface, New Testament, trans. by Martin Luther (1522).
I shall never be a heretic; I may err in dispute, but I do not wish to decide anything finally; on the other hand, I am not bound by the opinions of men.Martin Luther (1483-1546), German leader of the Protestant Reformation. Letter, August 28, 1518.
Young fellows are tempted by girls, men who are thirty years old are tempted by gold, when they are forty years old they are tempted by honor and glory, and those who are sixty years old say to themselves, "What a pious man I have become."Martin Luther (1483-1546), German religious reformer. Table Talk (1546).
The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.Martin Luther (1483-1546), German leader of the Protestant Reformation. Preface to his translation of the Psalms (1534).
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