Billy Graham

(William Franklin Graham Jr.)

Billy Graham
Billy Graham
  • Born: November 7, 1918
  • Died: February 21, 2018
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Evangelist









William Franklin Graham Jr. was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became well-known internationally in the late 1940s. One of his biographers has placed him "among the most influential Christian leaders" of the 20th century.

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… this is your finest hour. I thought you were just great and everybody I talk to feels the same way …, You know Ruth … thinks this is all a Communist plot, left wing and everything else Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything. Negotiating & Negotiations
I don’t think you’d call the President political. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I told him that when he left office he should become an evangelist and leave his wife to run the country. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If you would be a loyal American, then become a loyal Christian. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it. Religion & God
Mr. Kennedy's victory has proved that there was not as much religious prejudice as many had feared. Religion & God
Read the Bible. Work hard and honestly. And don't complain. Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Miscellaneous
The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We must never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
While nobody likes a watchdog, and for that reason many investigating committees are unpopular, I thank God for men who, in the face of public denouncement and ridicule go loyally on in their work of exposing the pinks, the lavenders and the reds who have sought refuge beneath the wings of the American eagle … Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.
A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone. Respect ;Families, Children & Parenting
A lot of Jews are great friends of mine.
A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.
All my life I've been taught how to die, but no one ever taught me how to grow old. Life
Almost everybody will listen to you when you tell your own story.
As a former resident with strong personal and ministry ties to the North Star State, I pray that the good people of Minnesota will show their support for God's definition of marriage, between a man and a woman. Religion & God ;Families, Children & Parenting
As I approached my 95th birthday, I was burdened to write a book that addressed the epidemic of 'easy believism.' There is a mindset today that if people believe in God and do good works, they are going to Heaven. Religion & God
As I got older, I guess I became more mellow and more forgiving and more loving.
Auschwitz stands as a tragic reminder of the terrible potential man has for violence and inhumanity.
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.
Believers, look up - take courage. The angels are nearer than you think. Religion & God
Certainly a woman should never disguise the fact that she is a woman. A woman's body is very beautiful.
Christ was God in human flesh, and He proved it by rising from the dead. Religion & God
Christians are not limited to any church.
Christmas means a great deal to me. I was reared in a family that celebrated Christmas to some extent, but I married into a family that celebrated Christmas in a big way. And my wife always made a big thing of Christmas for the children. We have five children, and we had a terrific time at Christmas. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.
Communism has decided against God, against Christ, against the Bible, and against all religion. Religion & God
Communism is a religion that is inspired, directed and motivated by the Devil himself who has declared war against Almighty God. Religion & God ;War & Peace
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
Death wasn't part of God's original plan for humanity, and the Bible calls death an enemy - the last enemy to be destroyed. Religion & God ;Death
Don't be misled by those who claim God doesn't exist, because He does. Religion & God
Don't get old, if you can avoid it.
Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God's word. Religion & God
Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life ;Patience
Evangelicals can't be closely identified with any particular party or person. We have to stand in the middle, to preach to all the people, right and left.
Evangelism is when the Gospel, which is good news, is preached or presented to all people.
Even Hubble hasn't found yet the end of this universe, and we don't know that it has any end.
Every day is a gift from God, no matter how old we are. Religion & God
Every human being is under construction from conception to death. Death
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.
Every year during their High Holy Days, the Jewish community reminds us all of our need for repentance and forgiveness.
Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him.
Everywhere I go I find that people... both leaders and individuals... are asking one basic question, 'Is there any hope for the future?' My answer is the same, 'Yes, through Jesus Christ.' Future ;Hope
For those of you who do not know Him, choosing your eternal home is the most important decision you will ever make.
Freedom is relative. Freedom & Liberty
Give me five minutes with a person's checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is.
God has given us two hands - one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing. Religion & God
God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with. Religion & God
God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are. Future ;Religion & God ;Relationships
God knows what we are going through when we grieve, and He wants to assure us of His love and concern. He also wants us to turn to Him and bring our heartaches and burdens to Him. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
God never meant that people were to wear clothes. He meant we were to be nude. But we were in a state of innocence. Then sin came into the human race and became a blood poisoning. Religion & God
God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love you.' Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there. Religion & God ;Happiness & Unhappiness
God's angels often protect his servants from potential enemies. Religion & God
God's mercy and grace give me hope - for myself, and for our world. Hope ;Religion & God
Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life. Life
Heaven gives us hope and makes our present burdens easier to bear. Hope
'Hope and change' has become a cliche in our nation, and it is daunting to think that any American could hope for change from what God has blessed. Hope ;Religion & God
I am amazed at the wonders of technology and am grateful for the ways in which we are able to use it to share the Gospel around the world. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I am just one of many thousands called to be an evangelist.
I am not a televangelist.
I am well aware that there are prisoners of conscience in the Soviet Union, including some who have said they have chosen to resist the law because of religious reasons.
I believe that I have received Jesus Christ into my heart. I believe that he has covered all of my sins.
I believe that the greatest form of prayer is praise to God. Religion & God
I believe the home and marriage is the foundation of our society and must be protected. Society ;Families, Children & Parenting
I can barely walk, but it's a privilege to be able to move at all.
I can't explain 9/11, except the evil of man.
I can't prove it scientifically, that there's a God, but I believe. Religion & God
I don't eat with beautiful women alone. Women
I don't have freedom in the United States to go into a public school and preach the Gospel, nor is a student free in a public school to pray, or a teacher free to read the Bible publicly to the students. At the same time, we have a great degree of freedom for which I am grateful. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time ;Freedom & Liberty
I don't have many sad days.
I don't have to see a murder in order to condemn murder.
I don't need a successor, only willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation.
I don't think I get angry.
I don't think the Christian Right dominates America in the way some in the media believe they do.
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. Government ;Business, Commerce & Finance
I don't think there is a single social issue I haven't spoken on.
I fell and broke my pelvic bone in three places. So, I'm still sort of an invalid now.
I first met Bev Shea while in Chicago when he was on Moody Radio. As a young man starting my ministry, I asked Bev if he would join me. He said yes, and for over 60 years we had the privilege of ministering together across the country and around the world.
I found that this Parkinson's does slow you down, whether you want to slow down or not.
I have discovered that just because we grow weaker physically as we age, it doesn't mean that we must grow weaker spiritually.
I have never changed my message. I preach the Bible, and I preach it with authority.
I have never talked publicly or privately about the Jewish people, including conversations with President Nixon, except in the most positive terms.
I have the problems of, I must confess, old age.
I haven't been faithful to my own advice in the past. I will in the future. Future
I haven't written my own epitaph, and I'm not sure I should. Whatever it is, I hope it will be simple, and that it will point people not to me, but to the One I served. Hope
I just want to lobby for God. Religion & God
I kept a very full diary of my relationship with Nixon, for some strange reason, until he became president.
I look forward to death with great anticipation, to meeting God face to face. Religion & God ;Death
I never hold a grudge.
I spoke to a million in one service, in Korea, in Seoul. And that was the largest audience I ever have had.
I still enjoy watching a batter successfully cross home plate, but nothing thrills me more than seeing the Holy Spirit at work in hearts as the Gospel is carried into stadiums, across the airwaves, and around the world. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think about my own sons and my own daughters, and I'm sure that many parents are concerned about what their children are exposed to.
I think it is a sin to look at another person as inferior to yourself because of race or because of ethnic background, and I think the greatest thing to do is to pray that God will give you love for them, and I do. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
I think Pat Robertson is a terrific fellow.
I think television has had a vast, unbelievable impact on us.
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.
I think that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin, but the Bible also teaches that pride is a sin, jealousy is a sin, and hate is a sin, evil thoughts are a sin. So I don't think that homosexuality should be chosen as the overwhelming sin that we are doing today.
I think we've taken the meaning of Christmas out. People don't stop and think about Jesus or the birth of Jesus. When they think of Christmas, they think of Santa Claus and - for the children, and they think of giving gifts and out-giving the next person of spending their time looking for the right thing for somebody who has everything. Time
I think where political issues invade moral situations, spiritual leaders have to speak out.
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. Religion & God
I want to tell people about the meaning of the cross.
I was reared in the church, in the Presbyterian Church.
I wish I had been home more when the children were growing up. I missed a lot.
If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life. Life ;Money, Coins & Minting
If God doesn't punish America, He'll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. Religion & God
If we had more hell in the pulpit, we would have less hell in the pew.
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.
I'm going to Heaven just like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment: 'Lord, remember me.'
I'm grateful for the evangelical resurgence we've seen across the world in the last half-century or so. It truly has been God's doing. Religion & God
I'm grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to people in high places; people in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to. Power ;Religion & God
I'm not an analyzer. I've got a son that analyzes everything and everybody. But I don't analyze people.
I'm not focused on the gay and lesbian movement.
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.
It is not the body's posture, but the heart's attitude that counts when we pray.
It is well known that the Soviet Union closely regulates all organizations and movements, including religion. Religion & God
It seems the only way to gain attention today is to organize a march and protest something.
It was a privilege to pray with Governor Romney - for his family and our country. Families, Children & Parenting
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.
It's sometimes comical to hear the younger generation ask their peers to repeat themselves.
I've been praying that we might have a spiritual awakening. But I think that becomes possible as individuals surrender their lives fresh and anew to Christ.
I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.
I've spent too much time giving speeches, traveling the world. Time
Let me ask you a question: If you never ate a balanced diet, what would happen to your body? You know the answer: Eventually you'd grow weak; you might even open yourself to serious illness or disease. We all need a balanced diet if we are to stay healthy.
Locally, I'll vote one way and nationally, maybe another.
Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and seek to follow Him every day. Don't be swayed by the false values and goals of this world, but put Christ and His will first in everything you do.
Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.
Man is not born to atheism. He is born to believe.
Many churches of all persuasions are hiring research agencies to poll neighborhoods, asking what kind of church they prefer. Then the local churches design themselves to fit the desires of the people. True faith in God that demands selflessness is being replaced by trendy religion that serves the selfish. Religion & God
Many churches today have special programs for people who are grieving, and these can be very helpful.
My family is very good about visiting me, and other friends as well. Families, Children & Parenting
My father had a dairy farm. He employed three black families and one white family, and I used to play with black children. Families, Children & Parenting
My heart aches for America and its deceived people.
My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world.
My wife has about everything I can think of.
My wife is already in Heaven.
New York is definitely ready for the word of God. Religion & God
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. Death ;Sympathy
No one can outrun death. It will catch up to all of us eventually. Death
No parent is perfect; we all can look back and think of things we could've done to help our children be better prepared for adulthood. And sometimes it's best to admit it to them and encourage them to learn from our mistakes.
Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Occasionally I've seen children become heavy-handed and insensitive when dealing with their aging parents, and it only caused resentment and hard feelings.
Old age may have its limitations and challenges, but in spite of them, our latter years can be some of the most rewarding and fulfilling of our lives.
Old is authentic. Old is genuine. Old is valuable.
Once you've lost your privacy, you realize you've lost an extremely valuable thing.
One of the things I miss most is that I can no longer read, due to age-related macular degeneration. I get regular injections for this, and thankfully these seem to have arrested its progress, but it's still very difficult for me to read. That means it is hard for me to pick up my Bible and read it like I used to, and I miss that very much.
Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children. Religion & God
Only God who made us can touch us and change us and save us from ourselves. Religion & God
Only the supernatural love of God through changed lives can solve the problems that we face in our world. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
Only those who want everything done for them are bored.
Only when Christ comes again will the little white children of Alabama walk hand in hand with little black children.
Oral Roberts was a man of God and a great friend in ministry. I loved him as a brother. Religion & God
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. Life
People have a negative impression of New York that I don't think is quite fair.
Politics has always been ugly to me, and yet I accept that as a fact of life. Life ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God. Religion & God
Racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, or hatred of anyone with different beliefs has no place in the human mind or heart.
Racism and injustice and violence sweep our world, bringing a tragic harvest of heartache and death. Death
Regardless of what society says, we can't go on much longer in the sea of immorality without judgment coming. Society
Rose Adams is a wonderful Christian woman who cared for my mother, Morrow Coffey Graham, in her last years of life. Life
Scripture is filled with examples of men and women whom God used late in life, often with great impact - men and women who refused to use old age as an excuse to ignore what God wanted them to do. Life ;Women ;Religion & God
Seemingly, man has learned to live without God, preoccupied and indifferent toward Him and concerned only about material security and pleasure. Religion & God
Self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle.
Sincere Christians can disagree about the details of Scripture and theology - absolutely.
Some people spend their lives building ultimate dream homes so they can enjoy their twilight years... Others spend their last days in nursing homes.
Spend more time in study and prayer. That's the secret of successful evangelism. Time
Success is always dangerous, and we need to be alert and avoid becoming the victims of our own success. Will we influence the world for Christ, or will the world influence us? Success
'Suffering should not make us bitter people,' my mother once said, 'it should make us better comforters.' Young people need to hear this from those who have walked before them, because someday they'll be walking those same steps, but there may not be anyone following behind.
Suppose you could gain everything in the whole world, and lost your soul. Was it worth it?
Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength. Moving On
The Bible is clear - God's definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. Religion & God ;Families, Children & Parenting
The Bible is full of warnings about false prophets and false messiahs. These satanically inspired people have appeared in almost every generation of history. History
The Bible says that as Christians we don't grieve the same way people do who have no hope of eternity and of Heaven - but we still grieve. Hope
The Bible says that God has a reason for keeping us here; if He didn't, He would take us to Heaven far sooner. Religion & God
The Bible says today is the accepted time, today is the day of salvation... But there will come a time when it will be too late for you. Time
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.' Life ;Religion & God
The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Religion & God ;Freedom & Liberty
The Gospel has never changed.
The great question of our time is, 'Will we be motivated by materialistic philosophy or by spiritual power?' Time ;Power
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. Life ;Religion & God ;Money, Coins & Minting
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.
The human heart is the same the world over.
The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. They know and absorb her example and attitudes when it comes to questions of honesty, temperance, kindness, and industry.
The Information Highway intrigues me because I have always been a newshound; I have always been curious about why people believe what they believe.
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.
The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless.
The New Testament says nothing of Apostles who retired and took it easy.
The Oklahoma City bombing was simple technology, horribly used. The problem is not technology. The problem is the person or persons using it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The older I get, the more important the eternal becomes to me personally.
The one badge of Christian discipleship is not orthodoxy but love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course. Time ;Sports & Athletics
The second coming of Christ will be so revolutionary that it will change every aspect of life on this planet. Disease will be eliminated. Death will be abolished. War will be eradicated. Nature will be transformed. Life ;Nature
The thing that alarms me is that there are so many clergymen who say that the so-called 'new morality' is all right. They say we're living in a new generation; let's be relevant, let's change God's law. Let's say that adultery is all right under certain circumstances; fornication's all right under certain circumstances. If it's 'meaningful.' Religion & God
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. Time
The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. Religion & God
The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime. Romantic
There are a lot of groups that feel a little bit strange around me, because I am inclusive.
There are many things that I don't understand.
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. Religion & God
There have been times that I've wept as I've gone from city to city and I've seen how far people have wandered from God. Religion & God
There is no scriptural basis for segregation.
There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men.
There's a great deal to say in the Bible about the signs we're to watch for, and when these signs all converge at one place we can be sure that we're close to the end of the age.
Throughout my ministry, I have sought to build bridges between Jews and Christians.
To start with, I love New York... It's a little bit of the whole world... In New York, the whole world comes to you. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Traveling around the world and preaching for over 70 years did not give much time for reflection. Time
We are not cisterns made for hoarding, we are channels made for sharing.
We go on in our pleasures thinking they're going to last forever.
We have an idea that we Americans are God's chosen people, that God loves us more than any other people, and that we are God's blessed. I tell you that God doesn't love us any more than He does the Russians. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
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. Society
We're all sinners. Everybody you meet all over the world is a sinner.
What really matters is how God sees me. He isn't concerned with labels; he is concerned about the state of man's soul. Religion & God
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. Power
When Christians say God has been talking to them about something, it simply means they have a strong inner conviction or feeling that God has made His will known to them. Religion & God
When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice. Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ. Life
When I reached 80, my world turned upside down physically. I've had a lot of physical problems.
When I was young, I could not imagine being old. My mother said, and the doctor confirmed, that I had an unusual amount of energy; and it followed me into young adulthood.
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Whenever I counsel someone who feels called to be an evangelist, I always urge them to guard their time and not feel like they have to do everything. Time
While I have never learned to use a computer, I am surrounded by family and friends who carry information to me from blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and various websites. Families, Children & Parenting
You're born. You suffer. You die. Fortunately, there's a loophole.