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It is the cause, not the death that makes the martyr.

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Profession: French General, Emperor

I am as content to die for God's eternal truth on the scaffold as in any other way.

Author: John Mason Brown (1800-1859)

Profession: American Militant Abolitionist

Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood -- never.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.

Author: E. M. Cioran (1911)

Profession: Rumanian-born French Philosopher

No human beings more dangerous than those who have suffered for a belief: the great persecutors are recruited from the martyrs not quite beheaded. Far from diminishing the appetite for power, suffering exasperates it.

Author: E. M. Cioran (1911)

Profession: Rumanian-born French Philosopher

The people who have really made history are the martyrs.

Author: Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)

Profession: British Occultist

Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

We are not here to triumph by fighting, by strata gem, or by resistance, not to fight with beasts as men. We have fought the beast and have conquered. We have only to conquer now, by suffering. This is the easier victory.

Author: T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Profession: American-born British Poet, Critic

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

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The torments of martyrdom are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood... will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic.

Author: Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)

Profession: Indian Prime Minster

Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning.

Author: Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)

Profession: Indian Prime Minster

While I do not suggest that humanity will ever be able to dispense with its martyrs, I cannot avoid the suspicion that with a little more thought and a little less belief their number may be substantially reduced.

Author: John B. S. Haldane (1892-1964)

Profession: British Scientist, Author

The way of the world is, to praise dead saints, and persecute living ones.

Author: Nathaniel Howe

Profession:

What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

Author: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Profession: Third President of the USA