Happy Reformation Day! Martin Luther Quotes

October 31st; Reformation Day is addressed in our Kain home:

We almost always sing Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”,  boldly. Some of the 95 theses are discussed, thoughtfully. And ‘Pin the Theses On the Door’ has been played more than once. (We think we’re so funny)

Today, it’s his quotes, on a wide range of topics, that reveal some of his humor as well as his love for the Word. Martin Luther’s insights from 500 years ago. Poignant, practical, too many to narrow down.


—-my thoughts exactly—-

“One Book is enough, but a thousand books is not too many!”


“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”


the arts—-

“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”


“The devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God….Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity, and other devices.”


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


—-On marriage and children—-

“Let the wife make her husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”


“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.”


“In the midst of the affliction He counsels, strengthens confirms, nourishes, and favors us…. More over, when we have repented, He instantly remits the sins as well as the punishments. In the same manner parents ought to handle their children.”


—— the practical living out of faith—–

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”


“All the cunning of the devil is exercised in trying to tear us away from the Word.”


“God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.”


“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.”


“The heart overflows with gladness, and leaps and dances for the joy it has found in God. In this experience the Holy Spirit is active, and has taught us in the flash of a moment the deep secret of joy.  You will have as much joy and laughter in life as you have faith in God.”


(or more simply put:) “You have as much laughter as you have faith.”


“For all works and things, which are either commanded or forbidden by God and thus have been instituted by the
supreme Majesty, are ‘musts.’ Nevertheless, no one should be dragged to them or away from them by the hair, for I can drive no man to heaven or beat him into it with a club.”


“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.”


“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”


“There are two days in my calendar: This day and that Day.”


—-more to chew on

“I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.”


“Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.”


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

6 responses to “Happy Reformation Day! Martin Luther Quotes

  1. This is wonderful Sherry thank you for sharing…Landon just finished studying about Martin Luther in his history lessons and he really enjoyed it. I will have to share these things you have listed with him.

  2. Sherry,
    Your mom sent me your blog and I really enjoyed it, having been raised Lutheran. I hope to have time to read more of your entries. When do you find the time to write them!? God bless you.

  3. We also celebrate Reformation Day… sort of! But these quotes will definitely find their way into my everyday vocabulary!

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