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Page 70 - I say unto you, refrain from these men and let them alone, for if this counsel or this work be of men it will come to naught; but if it be of God ye cannot overthrow it, lest haply ye be found to fight against God.
Page 213 - There may be an abgence of fear which arises from the absence of thought or affection, from the presence of hatred and stupid fury. We do not value the courage of the tiger highly! With Luther it was far otherwise; no accusation could be more unjust than this of mere ferocious violence brought against him.
Page 36 - I would not change my privileges for those of St. Peter in heaven ; for I have saved more souls by my indulgences than the apostle by his sermons.
Page 52 - By the Word the world has been conquered; by the Word the Church has been saved; by the Word, too, she will be restored: I do not despise your offers, but I will not lean upon any one but Christ.
Page 202 - It is, as we say, the greatest moment in the Modern History of Men. English Puritanism, England and its Parliaments, Americas, and vast work these two centuries ; French Revolution, Europe and its work everywhere at present : the germ of it all lay there : hail Luther in that moment done other, it had all been otherwise...
Page 200 - Whosoever denieth me before men !" they cried to him, — as in a kind of solemn petition and adjuration. Was it not in reality our petition too, the petition of the whole world, lying in dark bondage of soul, paralysed under a black spectral Nightmare and triple-hatted Chimera, calling itself Father in God, and what not : " Free us ; it rests with thee ; desert us not !
Page 56 - We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her...
Page 199 - German monk am stronger than you all. I stand solitary, friendless, but on God's Truth; you with your tiaras, triplehats, with your treasuries and armories, thunders spiritual and temporal, stand on the Devil's Lie, and are not so strong! — The Diet of Worms, Luther's appearance there on the 17th of April 1521, may be considered as the greatest scene in Modern European History; the point, indeed, from which the whole subsequent history of civilisation takes its rise.
Page 163 - Agricola and the other ministers are reduced to silence ; but in their place appear the Elector of Saxony, and the other princes and lords, who preach before his imperial majesty, and the members of the whole Empire, freely, to their beard, and before their noses. Yes, Christ is in the diet, and he does not keep silence : the word of God cannot be bound.