163+ Best Billy Graham Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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. Profoundly inspirational Billy Graham quotes on leadership, patience, grace, family, mariage and heaven will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Billy Graham Quotes

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

We should ask ourselves three questions before we speak: Is it true? Is it kind? Does it glorify Christ? – Billy Graham

There are three of you. There is the person you think you are. There is the person others think you are. There is the person God knows you are and can be through Christ. – Billy Graham

We hurt people by being too busy. Too busy to notice their needs. Too busy to drop that note of comfort or encouragement or assurance of love. Too busy to listen when someone needs to talk. Too busy to care. – Billy Graham

Joy cannot be pursued. It comes from within. It is a state of being. It does not depend on circumstances, but triumphs over circumstances. It produces a gentleness of spirit and a magnetic personality. – Billy Graham

I am never lonely when I am reading the Bible. Nothing dissolves loneliness like a session with God’s Word. – Billy Graham

I have a certainty about eternity that is a wonderful thing, and I thank God for giving me that certainty. I do not fear death. I may fear a little bit about the process, but not death itself, because I think the moment that my spirit leaves this body, I will be in the presence of the Lord. – Billy Graham

All around you are people whose lives are filled with trouble and sorrow, and they need your compassion and encouragement. – Billy Graham

We can change the course of events if we go to our knees in believing prayer. – Billy Graham

The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us. – Billy Graham

When we come to Christ, we’re no longer the most important person in the world to us; Christ is. Instead of living only for ourselves, we have a higher goal: to live for Jesus. – Billy Graham

To be peacemaker, you must know the peace giver. – Billy Graham

It was not the people or the Roman soldiers who put Jesus on the cross – it was your sins and my sins that made it necessary for Him to volunteer His death. – Billy Graham

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

Live each day as if it were your last for some day it will be. – Billy Graham

Prayer is crucial in evangelism: Only God can change the heart of someone who is in rebellion against Him. No matter how logical our arguments or how fervent our appeals, our words will accomplish nothing unless God’s Spirit prepares the way. – Billy Graham

Our world is obsessed with success. But how does God define success? Success in God’s eyes is faithfulness to His calling. – Billy Graham

Our world today so desperately hungers for hope, yet uncounted people have almost given up. There is despair and hopelessness on every hand. Let us be faithful in proclaiming the hope that is in Jesus. – Billy Graham

Love your children-and let them know you love them. Children who experience love find it far easier to believe God loves them. – Billy Graham

Whatever affliction comes in our life, our Lord goes into the valley with us, leading us by the hand, even carrying us when it is necessary. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. – Billy Graham

It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love. – Billy Graham

Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God’s Word. – Billy Graham

To the Christian death is the exchanging of a tent for a building. – Billy Graham

A true Christian, living an obedient life, is a constant rebuke to those who accept the moral standards of this world. – Billy Graham

Christ not only died for all: He died for each. – Billy Graham

Robots do not love. God created us with the capacity to love. Love is based upon one’s right to choose to love. We cannot force others to love us. We can make them serve us or obey us. But true love is founded upon one’s freedom to choose to respond. – Billy Graham

God does not call us to be successful, but to be obedient. – Billy Graham

The Bible is to your soul what bread is to your body. You need it daily. One good meal does not suffice for a lifetime. – Billy Graham

When Christ’s love fills our hearts, it puts selfishness on the run. – Billy Graham

I am convinced the greatest act of love we can ever perform for people is to tell them about God’s love for them in Christ. – Billy Graham

Prayer is spiritual communication between man and God, a two-way relationship in which man should not only talk to God but also listen to Him. Prayer to God is like a child’s conversation with his father. It is natural for a child to ask his father for the things he needs. – Billy Graham

Don’t let failure or disappointment cut you off from God or make you think that the future is hopeless. When God closes one door, He often opens another door – if we seek it. – Billy Graham

The greatest need in the world is the transformation of human nature. We need a new heart that will not have lust and greed and hate in it. We need a heart filled with love and peace and joy, and that is why Jesus came into the world. – Billy Graham

My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us, and will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us as we trust in Him. – Billy Graham

You can’t control the length of your life. You can control the depth – Billy Graham

No matter who you are or what your life has been like so far, the rest of your life’s journey can be different. With God’s help you can begin again. – Billy Graham

A suffering person does not need a lecture – he needs a listener. – Billy Graham

Prayer is more than a wish; it is the voice of faith directed to God. – Billy Graham

If ever there was a time this country needed the intervention of God, it is now. – Billy Graham

Suffering in life can uncover untold depths of character and unknown strength for service. People who go through life unscathed by sorrow and untouched by pain tend to be shallow in their perspectives on life. Suffering, on the other hand, tends to plow up the surface of our lives to uncover the depths that provide greater strength of purpose and accomplishment. Only deeply plowed earth can yield bountiful harvests. – Billy Graham

When life is hard it’s easy to focus only on the bad things and forget all about the good things God has given us. But God has blessed every one of us in ways we often overlook. – Billy Graham

Integrity means that if our private life were suddenly exposed, we’d have no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed. Integrity means that our outward life is consistent with our inner convictions. – Billy Graham

Jesus was not a white man; He was not a black man. He came from that part of the world that touches Africa and Asia and Europe. Christianity is not a white man’s religion and don’t let anybody ever tell you that it’s white or black. Christ belongs to all people; He belongs to the whole world. – Billy Graham

The number one problem in our world is alienation, rich versus poor, black versus white, labor versus management, conservative versus liberal, East versus West . . . But Christ came to bring about reconciliation and peace. – Billy Graham

Two conflicting forces cannot exist in one human heart. When doubt reigns, faith cannot abide. Where hatred rules, love is crowded out. Where selfishness rules, there love cannot dwell. When worry is present, trust cannot crowd its way in. – Billy Graham

One response was given by the innkeeper when Mary and Joseph wanted to find a room where the Child could be born. The innkeeper was not hostile; he was not opposed to them, but his inn was crowded; his hands were full; his mind was preoccupied. This is the answer that millions are giving today. Like a Bethlehem innkeeper, they cannot find room for Christ. All the accommodations in their hearts are already taken up by other crowding interests. Their response is not atheism. It is not defiance. It is preoccupation and the feeling of being able to get on reasonably well without Christianity. – Billy Graham

Becoming a Christian is the work of a moment; being a Christian is the work of a lifetime. – Billy Graham

If you find a perfect church don’t join it: You’d spoil it. – Billy Graham

Success in God’s eyes is faithfulness to His calling. – Billy Graham

The way we live often speaks far louder than our words. – Billy Graham

In some ways, Christians are homeless. Our true home is waiting for us, prepared by the Lord Jesus Christ. – Billy Graham

Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys. – Billy Graham

Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point. – Billy Graham

My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world. – Billy Graham

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. – Billy Graham

If you are ignorant of God’s Word, you will always be ignorant of God’s will. – Billy Graham

Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to Him in trust and confidence. – Billy Graham

Ask God to show you His plans, not bless your dreams – Billy Graham

Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now? The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day. – Billy Graham

Someday your life will be over, no matter how much attention you give to your health. Will you look back with regret, because you nourished your body but starved your soul? – Billy Graham

God will never send anybody to hell. If man goes to hell, he goes by his own free choice. – Billy Graham

True prayer is a way of life, not just for use in cases of emergency. – Billy Graham

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.’ – Billy Graham

God is unchanging in His love. He loves you. He has a plan for your life. Don’t let the newspaper headlines frighten you. God is still sovereign; He’s still on the throne. – Billy Graham

God never takes away something from your life without replacing it with something better. – Billy Graham

Even if we may not always understand why God allows certain things to happen to us, we can know He is able to bring good out of evil and triumph out of suffering. – Billy Graham

Learn to commit every situation to God and trust Him for the outcome. God’s love for you never changes, no matter what problems you face or how unsettled life becomes. – Billy Graham

Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But it doesn’t pull God down to us: It pulls us up to Him. – Billy Graham

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’ – Billy Graham

God does not change – and neither does His love. He loved you before you were born… He loves you now… and He will love you forever. – Billy Graham

Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent. – Billy Graham

If you want the perfect plan that God has for your life, you will have to go by way of Calvary to get it. – Billy Graham

Christians should never fail to sense the operation of an angelic glory. It forever eclipses the world of demonic powers, as the sun does a candle’s light. – Billy Graham

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

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

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. – Billy Graham

Racism and injustice and violence sweep our world, bringing a tragic harvest of heartache and death. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength. – Billy Graham

No one can outrun death. It will catch up to all of us eventually. – Billy Graham

Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life. – Billy Graham

Only those who want everything done for them are bored. – Billy Graham

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

Occasionally I’ve seen children become heavy-handed and insensitive when dealing with their aging parents, and it only caused resentment and hard feelings. – Billy Graham

I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right. – Billy Graham

The Bible is full of warnings about false prophets and false messiahs. These satanically inspired people have appeared in almost every generation of history. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

‘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. – Billy Graham

Believers, look up – take courage. The angels are nearer than you think. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

The word ‘romance,’ according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime. – Billy Graham

The great question of our time is, ‘Will we be motivated by materialistic philosophy or by spiritual power?’ – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

It is not the body’s posture, but the heart’s attitude that counts when we pray. – Billy Graham

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

I am not going to Heaven because I have preached to great crowds or read the Bible many times. I’m going to Heaven just like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment: ‘Lord, remember me.’ – Billy Graham

Racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, or hatred of anyone with different beliefs has no place in the human mind or heart. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

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

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

God has given us two hands – one to receive with and the other to give with. We are cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing. If we fail to fulfill this divine duty and privilege, we have missed the meaning of Christianity. – Billy Graham

Those outside the church expect followers of Christ to live differently, yet today many in church are chasing after the world – not to win them, but to be like them. – Billy Graham

Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

God’s mercy and grace give me hope – for myself, and for our world. – Billy Graham

The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance, – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

I have discovered that just because we grow weaker physically as we age, it doesn’t mean that we must grow weaker spiritually. – Billy Graham

My heart aches for America and its deceived people. – Billy Graham

Spend more time in study and prayer. That’s the secret of successful evangelism. – Billy Graham

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

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. – Billy Graham

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

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

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. – Billy Graham

Once you’ve lost your privacy, you realize you’ve lost an extremely valuable thing. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

I don’t need a successor, only willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

Auschwitz stands as a tragic reminder of the terrible potential man has for violence and inhumanity. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

Even the securest financial plan and the finest health coverage aren’t enough to hold us steady when the challenges come… We need something more, something deeper and unshakeable, something that will see us through life’s hard times. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

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

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

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. – Billy Graham

I kept a very full diary of my relationship with Nixon, for some strange reason, until he became president. – Billy Graham

Every human being is under construction from conception to death. – Billy Graham

Traveling around the world and preaching for over 70 years did not give much time for reflection. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

Certainly, a woman should never disguise the fact that she is a woman. A woman’s body is very beautiful. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

Don’t be misled by those who claim God doesn’t exist, because He does. – Billy Graham

Read the Bible. Work hard and honestly. And don’t complain. – Billy Graham

The Bible is clear – God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. – Billy Graham

You’re born. You suffer. You die. Fortunately, there’s a loophole. – Billy Graham

I look forward to death with great anticipation, to meeting God face to face. – Billy Graham

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

‘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. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

If we had more hell in the pulpit, we would have less hell in the pew. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

I can’t prove it scientifically, that there’s a God, but I believe. – Billy Graham

I found that this Parkinson’s does slow you down, whether you want to slow down or not. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

I’ve spent too much time giving speeches, traveling the world. – Billy Graham

I have never changed my message. I preach the Bible, and I preach it with authority. – Billy Graham

The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

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. – Billy Graham

The Bible says that God has a reason for keeping us here; if He didn’t, He would take us to Heaven far sooner. – Billy Graham

Every day is a gift from God, no matter how old we are. – Billy Graham

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

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. – Billy Graham

It seems the only way to gain attention today is to organize a march and protest something. – Billy Graham

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