"Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?"
(Jules Feiffer / born in 1929)
"Galileo was no idiot. Only an idiot could believe that science requires martyrdom - that may be necessary in religion, but in time a scientific result will establish itself."
(David Hilbert / 1862-1943)
"The hocus-pocus phantasy of a God, like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs."
(Thomas Jefferson / 1743-1826 /Jefferson's Works)
"It is so little true that martyrs offer any support to the truth of a cause that I am inclined to deny that any martyr has ever had anything to do with the truth at all."
(Friedrich Nietzsche / 1844-1900 / The Antichrist / 1888)
"Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability."
(George Bernard Shaw / 1856-1950)
"I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom."
(Voltaire / 1694-1778 / Letter to d'Alembert / August 20, 1770)