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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)
  • The head of the first match flew off and stuck to Phyllis’s finger; but, as Roberta said, it was only a little burn, and she might have had to be a Roman martyr and be burned whole if she had happened to live in the days when those things were fashionable.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • the heir of all the saints and all the martyrs who came before him and who died for the same cause, for the same word, no matter what name they gave to their cause and their truth.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem

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  • Amanda leans against the shut door and stares at Laura with a martyred look.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • He says that, perhaps, in this class there is a future priest or a martyr for the Faith,
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • He was one of the martyrs of the Church.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • It took them to their dwelling in the Rue des Martyrs, and sadly they mounted the stairs to their flat.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • ’I didn’t never call him unladylike, not even when he tied my Clorinda to the firewood bundle and burned her at the stake for a martyr.’
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • "Well, you’re certainly not the martyr anymore."
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed

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  • The tithes endure the occasional jeers and hisses from the terribles, like martyrs.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • "It is my realm, though I am rarely here," said Asmodeus with a martyred sigh.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Mae looked up to Bailey’s stained-glass ceiling—all those angels—thinking how much Mercer would like to be considered a martyr.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Every night my father would pray to God, "0 Allah, please make war between Muslims and infidels so I can die in your service and be a martyr."
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • If he dies now, his men will turn him into a martyr.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The warmth hit me with the force of an air bag; Mum is a martyr to the cold and keeps the heating on all year round.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • We were proud of our precious red scarves, which, like the national flag, were dyed red with the blood of our revolutionary martyrs.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • The toll of martyrdom weighed heavily on him, and the wrath of the citizenry had taken a considerable toll on his physical appearance.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Our martyred Saviour was called seditious, and I may be pardoned if I rejoice that I am a Rebel.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • He didn’t say yes, though, only crossed his arms over his chest and blew out a long, martyred sigh.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • They had prepared themselves for death not because they were martyrs; but because what they were and what they knew they were was all they had.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Oh, we had done our brave and needful part as warriors, but how scant our count of fathers and sons compared to the terrible martyrdom of those unnumbered Europeans.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • …seemed to be around fifty or sixty, poorly shaven, with a shy, pleasant, large-featured face neither handsome nor plain— a man who would always be bigger than most of the other men in the room, though he also seemed unhealthy in some clammy, ill-defined way, with black-circled eyes and a pallor that made me think of the Jesuit martyrs depicted in the church murals I’d seen on our school trip to Montreal: large, capable, death-pale Europeans, staked and bound in the camps of the Hurons.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It is the moaning of the world, it is the martyred creation, wild with anguish, filled with terror, and groaning.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • And now they’re bothshaheed, my boys, both martyrs.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • And they imagined that they had learned from the mistakes of the past; they knew, at any rate, that one must not make martyrs.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Standing unprotected as I was, I felt I was living the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Deeply as I have sinned, I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • "That’s the one thing Shi’a people do well," he said, picking up his papers, "passing themselves as martyrs."
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • I have long relied on the comforts of martyrdom.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • They can turn me into some kind of martyr for the cause and paint my face on banners, and it will do more to rally people than anything I could do if I was living.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • His accent made him exotic and interesting; his broken arm made him a martyr; his sadism made him a natural focus for all those who loved pain in others.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Yes sir, Mrs. Perkins, that J. Grimes Everett is a martyred saint, he… needed to get married so they ran… to the beauty parlor every Saturday afternoon… soon as the sun goes down.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • So Jurgis became one of the new "American heroes," a man whose virtues merited comparison with those of the martyrs of Lexington and Valley Forge.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I had been selfish and hypersensitive, a martyr to my own inferiority complex.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Working out some scheme of their own on him, making him the subject of their dreams of wealth, or love, or martyrdom.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Will you perish as a martyr?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Fellow-martyrs, have at him!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Feeling pretty smug in my martyrdom, I had just reached the top landing when a still, small voice arose in my heart: And what did my Son do for you?
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • "Yes, I’m a perfect martyr to it," said the lady.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • In a frenzy Tita beat, beat, beat the cake batter, as if she wanted to complete her martyrdom once and for all.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • ROXANE (with a martyr’s look): I submit!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Then, with the martyred expression of a parent who has to keep up with the senseless ebullience of the children, he picked up the conch, turned toward the forest, and began to pick his way over the tumbled scar.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Now, after he had won the crown of martyrdom (though with no longer a head to wear it on), the point might be looked upon as settled.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "Oh, shut up, both of you," snapped Clary, earning herself a martyred look from Simon and a leer from Jace.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • It was as if a martyr, a hero, had passed a slave or victim, and imparted strength in the transit.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I trembled with excess of agitation as I said this; there was a frenzy in my manner, and something, I doubt not, of that haughty fierceness which the martyrs of old are said to have possessed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Like a plethoric burning martyr, or a self-consuming misanthrope, once ignited, the whale supplies his own fuel and burns by his own body.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "I don’t dare go out," said Anne, in the tone of a martyr relinquishing all earthly joys.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers?
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
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