William Booth Quotes

We are not saved to sit and sing songs all day!

Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like the legs of men walking.

There is no improving the future without disturbing the present.

I was bound by the law of God; but Grace, glorious Grace, came to my rescue!

I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of standing at the Judgment Seat of Christ and realizing I could have done more.

While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight-I’ll fight to the very end!

I am not a poet, but a dead man revived.

The tendency of fire is to go out; watch the fire on the altar of your heart. Anyone who has tended a fireplace fire knows that it needs to be stirred up occasionally.

To get a man soundly saved it is not enough to put on him a pair of new breeches, to give him regular work, or even to give him a university education. These things are all outside a man, and if the inside remains unchanged you have wasted your labor. You must in some way or other graft upon the man’s nature a new nature, which has in it the element of the Divine.

The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.

Many who would gladly receive Christ are hindered because they have no true knowledge of salvation. Such are they who want to feel good before they do good.

The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.

It is a very easy thing to signal ‘Hallelujah,’ but it’s another thing to burn.

God’s humor is greater than man’s seriousness.

I am not waiting for God to bless me; I am on earth to bless others.

This fear and hardness of heart, this inability to weep with them that weep, is the great hindrance to Christian usefulness.

There is no record in the Bible of anyone going to heaven who refused to humble himself.

Nobody can get salvation by trusting in Christ and fighting with his wife!

We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.

We are not here to play, to dream, to drift; we have hard work to do, and loads to lift, shun not the struggle-face it; ’tis God’s gift.

Pain and pleasure alike are the rods of divine discipline.

Some of us write our books in blocks of an hour, or in half-hours stolen from sleep.

But in 50 years of work among the lost I have never known anyone to accept Jesus Christ as Savior while he or she was shouting and quarreling.

Lost! Lost! Lost! Better a whole world on fire than a soul lost! Better every star quenched and the skies a wreck than a single soul to be lost!

Show us the only way to change a life and we will tell it to every person who seeks our help. Countless men and women turn to us, ‘What must I do to be saved?’ They are saved and their faces are changed. Their conduct is changed; their habits change.

Look at the nations. Look at the States. Look at home. God hath taken the sixth commandment and swept his dominions with it without arresting their attention.

Our main ambition is to pluck poor brands from the burning, and thus rob the devil of his garments of hell.

Go straight for souls, and go for the worst.

Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin.

There is no reward equal to that of doing the most good for the most people in the most need.

My best men are ex-drunkards. My best women are ex-prostitutes. And nearly all of my workers carry on some former trade.

The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.

Keep eternity constantly in view.

God does not use theological crotchets and oddities, he uses men.

We need to put out the idea that holiness means seriousness.

If a Christian is not willing to rise early in the morning and jump on somebody’s bed or shave a man’s face, I don’t think he’ll do for us.

Being pentecostal does not consist in speaking with tongues, or in five precious communion meetings in the week, in sleeping on the boards, or in the toe of the Bible.

Only let us adopt zucchetto, or shovel hat, as the colors appear, as they fly or fall; we serenade the throne!

Work and want to work; pray and want to pray, because the last so many years have proved how God can be found by those who seek him at any cost like this.

Be all, not Do all.

The man who does the most good is the one who is the least afraid of failure.

If you dislike falling, you hate being made better.

I walked out of the mission that night and returned to the lodging-house, quite down-hearted, full of foreboding and trouble and doubt that the work I had tried to do was not the genuine thing.

I speak to you one at a time, only you all know I am absolutely determined to put the devil out, and he may come right now, for I am going to do it!

If there is one God-dishonouring thing Excellenza thinks he wants of me, Excellenza is mistaken.

The greatest miracles are still to be performed by one who believes but lacks the power to exercise.

Do you find it hard to keep a straight course and deny yourself? Remember the Lord Jesus was miraculously holy and therefore must be a miraculous Savior.

Real disabilities are so often made by imagined ones.

Let Hindoos or idol-worshipers worship idols if they wish, merely remaining mindful of the one great fact that idols cannot save men’s souls, because they are helpless and also worthless.

Old men are often kept away from the higher branches of the tree of victory because the young men in the work do not want the old men around.

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