Billy Graham

Billy Graham

William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr. (born November 7, 1918) is an American evangelical Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core constituency of middle-class, moderately conservative Protestants. He held large indoor and outdoor rallies; sermons were broadcast on radio and television, some still being re-broadcast today.

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My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world.

God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there.

God's mercy and grace give me hope - for myself and for our world.

A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.

Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.

I'm thankful for the incredible advances in medicine that have taken place during my lifetime. I almost certainly wouldn't still be here if it weren't for them.

I believe the home and marriage is the foundation of our society and must be protected.

God's angels often protect his servants from potential enemies.

Self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin, are now emblems of the American lifestyle.

Believers look up - take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.

Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone - except God.

I haven't been faithful to my own advice in the past. I will in the future.

The word 'romance' according to the dictionary means excitement, adventure and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime.

Communism has decided against God against Christ against the Bible and against all religion.

People have a negative impression of New York that I don't think is quite fair.

I think that if I would talk on a political subject if I talk about it it would divide the audience on that issue. That's not my issue.

Suppose you could gain everything in the whole world and lost your soul. Was it worth it?

Only those who want everything done for them are bored.

All my life I've been taught how to die but no one ever taught me how to grow old.

I can barely walk but it's a privilege to be able to move at all.

I'm going to Heaven, just like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment: 'Lord remember me.'

A calling is you feel - you look out and see the need - maybe it's the need for the poor to help poor people. Maybe it's the need to get involved in the race problem as Martin Luther King was - felt called.

Once you've lost your privacy you realize you've lost an extremely valuable thing.

When anyone has the power to destroy the whole human race in a matter of hours it becomes a moral issue. The church must speak out.

It is not the body's posture but the heart's attitude that counts when we pray.

God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are.

You're born. You suffer. You die. Fortunately there's a loophole.

Only God who made us can touch us and change us and save us from ourselves.

The Bible is clear - God's definition of marriage is between a man and a woman.

I'm not an analyzer. I've got a son that analyzes everything and everybody. But I don't analyze people.

I don't need a successor only willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation.

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung and bled and died it was God saying to the world "I love you."

A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.

The older I get the more important the eternal becomes to me personally.

The time has come for all evangelists to practice full financial disclosure. The world is watching how we walk and how we talk. We must have the highest standards of morality ethics and integrity if we are to continue to have influence.

If we had more hell in the pulpit we would have less hell in the pew.

It's sometimes comical to hear the younger generation ask their peers to repeat themselves.

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

I believe that I have received Jesus Christ into my heart. I believe that he has covered all of my sins.

We're all sinners. Everybody you meet all over the world is a sinner.

Tears shed for self are tears of weakness but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.

There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men.

When wealth is lost nothing is lost, when health is lost something is lost, when character is lost all is lost.

I have the problems of I must confess old age.

There are many things that I don't understand.

We are not cisterns made for hoarding we are channels made for sharing.

I used to read five psalms every day - that teaches me how to get along with God. Then I read a chapter of Proverbs every day and that teaches me how to get along with my fellow man.

I can't prove it scientifically that there's a God but I believe.

I look forward to death with great anticipation to meeting God face to face.

Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love.

Every year during their High Holy Days the Jewish community reminds us all of our need for repentance and forgiveness.

There are a lot of groups that feel a little bit strange around me because I am inclusive.

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand the spines of others are often stiffened.

Every President I think I've ever known except Truman has thought they didn't quite get done what they wanted done. And toward the end of their Administrations they were disappointed and wished they had done some things differently.

I don't have many sad days.

Throughout my ministry I have sought to build bridges between Jews and Christians.

If you'd have said Evangelical in 1957 most people wouldn't know what you were talking about. And then they'd be against it.

The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion not freedom from religion.

Read the Bible. Work hard and honestly. And don't complain.

The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless.

We're a diverse society and I think the TV is doing a great job in showing that we're all human beings that we can all get along that we can all be together and I think that's a marvelous thing.

As I got older I guess I became more mellow and more forgiving and more loving.

God has given us two hands one to receive with and the other to give with.

I just want to lobby for God.

It's no secret that in New York during the last 30 years there has been a tragic exodus from the churches into materialism secularism and humanism.

The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same.

I don't think there is a single social issue I haven't spoken on.

I am not a televangelist.

I don't think the government should be in the trailer-park business. I don't think they know how to run a trailer park.

If a person gets his attitude toward money straight it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.

The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes and say 'O God forgive me ' or 'Help me.'

The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.

Give me five minutes with a person's checkbook and I will tell you where their heart is.

I can't explain 9/11 except the evil of man.

Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.

Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him.

Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.

The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.

I'm not focused on the gay and lesbian movement.

Over the years I've seen people lose a spouse and then withdraw and lose interest in life and I believe we need to resist that.

A lot of Jews are great friends of mine.

I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.

There are two great forces. God's force of good and the devil's force of evil, and I believe Satan is alive and he is working, and he is working harder than ever and we have many mysteries that we don't understand.

I don't think I get angry.

No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one it still comes as a shock and it still hurts very deeply.

I am just one of many thousands called to be an evangelist.

I've spent too much time giving speeches, traveling the world.

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.