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  • He could not understand why Dr. Ferris’ face tightened into an injured look, "You will permit me to say that this is unexpected and unwarranted," said Dr. Ferris in that tone of formality which conceals pain and reveals martyrdom.
  • We are on strike against martyrdom-and against the moral code that demands it.
  • He had no desire to be a martyr for the sake of allowing people safely to indulge in their own irresponsible evil.
  • He said that he won’t be made a martyr to people in exchange for giving them an inestimable benefit…… What-what are you laughing at? …. Stop it, will you?
  • And if you haven’t, then what is the point of fighting a battle that you can’t win? I suppose that one might find some satisfaction in being a martyr, if one is above reproach.
  • And this is the thing that I cannot take, even were I able to take all the rest: that in order to give them an inestimable benefit, we should be made martyrs to the men who, but for us, could not have conceived of it.
  • He took it for granted-wordlessly, in the manner of a feeling absorbed in childhood, left unquestioned and unnamed-that he had dedicated himself, like the martyr of some dark religion, to the service of a faith which was his passionate love, but which made him an outcast among men, whose sympathy he was not to expect.
  • I have called out on strike the kind of martyrs who had never deserted you before.
  • I am the first man who would not suffer martyrdom at the hands of those who wished me to perish for the privilege of keeping them, alive.
  • For some reason which nobody could define, the death of her son in the tunnel catastrophe had given her in Washington an aura of martyrdom, heightened by her recent conversion to Buddhism.
  • Your victims took the blame and struggled on, with your curses as reward for their martyrdom-while you went on crying that your code was noble, but human nature was not good enough to practice it.
  • Now she knew that they were tombstones, slender obelisks soaring in memory of the men who had been destroyed for having created them, they were the frozen shape of the silent cry that the reward of achievement was martyrdom.
  • The infamous times you call the Dark Ages were an era of intelligence on strike, when men of ability went underground and lived undiscovered, studying in secret, and died, destroying the works of their mind, when only a few of the bravest of martyrs remained to keep the human race alive.
  • Now would you care to be a martyr for an issue of principle, only in circumstances where nobody will know that that’s what you are-nobody but you and me-where you won’t get a chance to breathe a word about the issue or the principle-where you won’t be a hero, the creator of a spectacular new metal, making a stand against enemies whose actions might appear somewhat shabby in the eyes of the public-where you won’t be a hero, but a common criminal, a greedy industrialist who’s cheated the…
  • …enemies whose actions might appear somewhat shabby in the eyes of the public-where you won’t be a hero, but a common criminal, a greedy industrialist who’s cheated the law for a plain motive of profit, a racketeer of the black market who’s broken the national regulations designed to protect the public welfare-a hero without glory and without public, who’ll accomplish no more than about half a column of newsprint somewhere on page five-now would you still care to be that kind of martyr?
  • Philip added without being prompted, "We need ten thousand dollars for a vital program, but it’s a martyr’s task, trying to raise money.

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  • Many believe that all of the Apostles were martyred except John; however, the Bible reports only on the martyrdom of James.
  • For 250 years it was a martyrs’ church; the persecutions were fueled by the refusal of Christians to worship the state and the Roman emperor.
    History of Christianity - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)

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