No living creature, except for a man, is able to take a risk, and even the risk of death, for the sake of
truth. Thousands of martyrs who have lived are a unique phenomenon in the history of our solar system.
~ Aleksandr Menn
Sharp persecution breaks off only the tips of the branches. It produces martyrs and the tree still grows. Never-ending social and political repression, on the other hand, starves the roots; it stifles evangelism and the church declines.
~ Samuel Moffett, in A History of Christianity in Asia
If the Tiber reaches the walls, if the Nile does not rise to the fields, if the sky does not move, or the earth does, if there is famine, if there is plague, the cry is at once, “The Christians to the lions.”
He that dies a martyr proves that he was not a knave, but by no means that he was not a fool.
~ Charles Caleb Colton