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Billy Graham was an American evangelist and author. As the voice of the evangelical crusades, Graham made a name for himself church history. Here is a look at some of the most notable Billy Graham quotes to remember.

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“Conversion is the work of an instant; spiritual maturity is the work of a lifetime.”

“Every human being is under construction from conception to death. Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent. At the end of construction—death—we have completed the process.”

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”

“I never thought I would live to be this old. All my life I was taught how to die as a Christian, but no one ever taught me how I ought to live in the years before I die. I wish they had because I am an old man now, and believe me, it’s not easy.”

“Old age is Satan’s last chance to blow us off course.”

“Anxiety and fear are like baby tigers; the more you feed them the stronger they grow.”

“A baseball may be driven into the farthest corner of the largest stadium, but the Word of God travels to the farthest corners of the earth, proclaiming the Good News of salvation.”

“The days when the aged were admired, looked up to, and respected are gone.”

“I can’t truthfully say that I have liked growing older.”


“The Bible doesn’t hide the negative side of getting older—nor should we.”

“Scripture is filled with examples of men and women whom God used late in life, often with great impact.”

“Today there are more people who know the words to a television commercial than the words in the Bible.”

“The mirror doesn’t lie, but I can smile into it because my dim eyesight camouflages my wrinkles.”

“The older generation may have a hard time keeping up with the younger, but let’s remember that as long as we are still breathing, we are leading the way. The generations that follow are learning about growing old from us.”

“There is much the young can learn from those who have traveled the distance.”

“Life is full of changes, but one of the greatest comes with retirement. Many look forward to it; others dread it. Sooner or later almost everyone who lives long enough will experience it.”

“Much as I feared holding on too long, I feared just as much stepping aside too soon.”

“God forbid that we should ever retire from prayer, the sweetest work of the soul.”

“No matter who we are, retirement presents us with two choices. Either we can use it to indulge ourselves, or we can use it to make an impact on the lives of others. In other words, the choice we face is between empty self-indulgence and meaningful activity.”


“In the Bible God speaks to us; in prayer we speak to God. Both are essential.”

“Whatever you do, keep your mind and your body occupied; don’t give laziness or boredom a chance to take root in your soul. The devil delights in someone who is idle or bored; he knows this leads to temptation or discouragement.”

“We shouldn’t spend time thinking about ourselves and how weak we are. Instead we should think about God and how strong He is.”

“I have never heard the voice of the Lord audibly, but the Lord has spoken to me many times throughout my life.”

“We are never alone if we know Christ; He lives within us by His Spirit.”

“Death is always an intruder even when it is expected.”

“God wants us to finish well—and one of the ways we do this is by passing on our values and our faith to those who will follow us.”

“Our greatest impact on others often comes not from what we say but from what we do.”

“We cannot pretend to be something we are not; a Christlike character cannot be faked.”

“For those of us nearing home, our steps may indeed be slow, but they need not be without purpose. Younger generations follow us on our last mile of the way.”

“The Bible is not an option; it is a necessity if we are going to be rooted in Him.”

“In His guidebook God gives us a different set of values and goals—ones that put Christ at the center of our lives instead of self.”

“We were not meant for this world alone. We were meant for Heaven, our final home.”

“Heaven will be a place of joyous reunion with all those who have gone to Heaven before us. I am often asked if we will recognize each other in Heaven—and my answer is always a resounding yes.”

“Heaven is our hope, Heaven is our future, and Heaven is our home.”

“Christianity is not an insurance policy against life’s ills and troubles.”

“Death is not a trip, but a destination.”

“Death reduces all men to the same rank.”

Here is Billy Graham speaking in South Bend, May 1977

 

 

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