Quotation by Martin Luther

I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.
Martin Luther (1483–1546), German leader of the Protestant Reformation. Speech, April 18, 1521, at the Diet of Worms, Germany.

Where he was summoned by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in an attempt to effect a conciliation between Luther and the established Church; the words, "Here I stand, I can do no other"Madded in Luther's handwriting to the original printed version of the speech—were later inscribed on the monument to Luther at Worms: Hier steh' ich, ich kann nicht anders.
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