Quotes from Foxe's Book of Martyrs

John Foxe ·  416 pages

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“A good Christian is bound to relinquish not only goods and children, but life itself, for the glory of his Redeemer: therefore I am resolved to sacrifice every thing in this transitory world, for the sake of salvation in a world that will last to eternity.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“And as for the Pope, I refuse him as Christ's enemy, and antichrist, with all his false doctrine.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“Mr. Latimer to say: "Be of good cheer, Ridley; and play the man. We shall this day, by God's grace, light up such a candle in England, as I trust, will never be put out.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“Sire—I have received an order, under your majesty's seal, to put to death all the protestants in my province. I have too much respect for your majesty, not to believe the letter a forgery; but if (which God forbid) the order should be genuine, I have too much respect for your majesty to obey it.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“The Jesuit turned away, saying, sarcastically, "The Protestants are impenetrable rocks." "You are mistaken," said Kutnaur, "it is Christ that is the Rock, and we are firmly fixed upon Him.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“The blessed Gospel of Christ is what I hold; that do I believe, that have I taught, and that will I never revoke!”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“I was brought up in a religion by which I was always taught to renounce the devil; but should I comply with your desire, and go to Mass, I should be sure to meet him there in a variety of shapes.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“the archbishop endeavored to prevail on Mr. Wishart to recant; but he was too firmly fixed in his religious principles and too much enlightened with the truth of the Gospel, to be in the least moved.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“Oh, ye papists, behold! ye look for miracles; here now may you see a miracle; for in this fire I feel no more pain than if I were in bed; for it is as sweet to me as a bed of roses." Thus he resigned his soul into the hands of his Redeemer.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“Parsons pulled the straw near to him, and then said to the spectators, "This is God's armor, and now I am a Christian soldier prepared for battle: I look for no mercy but through the merits of Christ;”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“Germanicus, a young man, but a true christian, being delivered to the wild beasts on account of his faith, behaved with such astonishing courage, that several pagans became converts to a faith which inspired such fortitude.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“William Tyndale, and Miles Coverdale, both voluntary exiles from their country for their aversion to popish superstition and idolatry.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“I am persuaded that I am in the right opinion, and I see no cause to recant; for all the filthiness and idolatry lies in the Church of Rome.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“I defy the pope, and all his laws;" and added, "If God spared him life, ere many years he would cause a boy that driveth the plough to know more of the Scripture than he did.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“the pope's being infallible was an impossibility, and the pope arrogantly laid claim to what could belong to God only, as a perfect being.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“I fear neither death nor fire, being prepared for both.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“Wicliffe's talents: he soon produced a tract against popery, which was eagerly read by all sorts of people.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“I maintain no doctrines of my own; what I preach are the doctrines of Christ, and for those I will forfeit my blood, and even think myself happy to suffer for the sake of my Redeemer.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“The priests told the people that whoever brought fagots to burn heretics would have an indulgence to commit sins for forty days.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“At the martyrdom of Faustines and Jovita, brothers and citizens of Brescia, their torments were so many, and their patience so great, that Calocerius, a pagan, beholding them, was struck with admiration, and exclaimed in a kind of ecstacy, "Great is the God of the christians!" for which he was apprehended, and suffered a similar fate.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“Marcellus, bishop of Rome, being banished on account of his faith, fell a martyr to the miseries he suffered in exile, 16th Jan. A. D. 310.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“On the death of Leo X. in 1521, Adrian, the inquisitor general was elected pope. He had laid the foundation of his papal celebrity in Spain. "It appears, according to the most moderate calculation, that during the five years of the ministry of Adrian, 24,025 persons were condemned by the inquisition, of whom one thousand six hundred and twenty were burned alive.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“His astonishing constancy during these trials, and serenity of countenance while under such excruciating torments, gave the spectators so exalted an idea of the dignity and truth of the christian religion, that many became converts upon the occasion,”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“Bucer did not hesitate to declare, that "Servetus deserved something worse than death.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“the smoke of Patrick Hamilton hath infected all those on whom it blew.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“My Lord Jesus Christ, for my sake, did wear a crown of thorns; why should not I then, for His sake, again wear this light crown, be it ever so ignominious?”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“Moreover, the papal system has opposed the march of civilization and liberty throughout the world, by denouncing the circulation of the Bible, and the general diffusion of knowledge. Turn to every land where popery predominates, and you will find an ignorant and debased peasantry, a profligate nobility, and a priesthood, licentious, avaricious, domineering and cruel.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“At Clavison the mayor prohibited the Protestants the practice of singing the Psalms commonly used in the temple, that, as he said, the Catholics might not be offended or disturbed.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“Queen Mary's succession to the throne, when the Gospel and true religion were banished, and the Antichrist of Rome, with his superstition and idolatry, introduced.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


“John Huss was born at Hussenitz, a village in Bohemia, about the year 1380.”
― John Foxe, quote from Foxe's Book of Martyrs


About the author

John Foxe
Born place: in The United Kingdom
Born date December 2, 1515
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