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Billy Sunday Sayings

Billy Sunday• Live so that when the final summons comes you will leave something more behind you than an epitaph on a tombstone or an obituary in a newspaper.

• The Lord is not compelled to use theologians. He can take snakes, sticks or anything else, and use them for the advancement of his cause.

• I believe that a long step toward public morality will have been taken when sins are called by their right names.

• Your reputation is what people say about you. Your character is what God and your wife know about you.

• If you took no more care of yourself physically than spiritually, you'd be just as dried up physically as you are spiritually.

• If you live wrong you can't die right.

• Look into the preaching Jesus did and you will find it was aimed straight at the big sinners on the front seats.

• If good preaching could save the world, it would have been done long ago.

• If you want to drive the devil out of the world, hit him with a cradle instead of a crutch.

• Churches don't need new members half so much as they need the old bunch made over.

• There wouldn't be so many non-church goers if there were not so many non-going churches.

• Too many churches are little more than four walls and a roof.

• There are some so-called Christian homes today with books on the shelves of the library that have no more business there than a rattler crawling about on the floor, or a poison within the child's reach.

• Home is the place we love best and grumble the most.

• There is more power in a mother's hand than in a king's scepter.

• I don't believe there are devils enough in hell to pull a boy out of the arms of a godly mother.

• There is nothing in the world of art like the songs mother used to sing.

• To train a boy in the way he should go you must go that way yourself.

• Don't stop with telling your boy to do right. Show him how.

• Be careful, father, or while you are taking one lap around the devil's track your boy will make six.

• If you would have your children turn out well, don't turn your home into a lunch counter and lodging house.

• Not to walk in the straight and narrow way yourself, is to give the devil the biggest kind of a chance to get our children.

• Some homes need a hickory switch a good deal more than they do a piano.

• Better die an old maid, sister, than marry the wrong man.

• Whiskey is all right in its place—but its place is hell.

• The normal way to get rid of drunkards is to quit raising drunkards—to put the business that makes drunkards out of business.

• Riches have never yet given anybody either peace or rest.

• It won't save your soul if your wife is a Christian. You have got to be something more than a brother-in-law to the Church.

• You can't raise the standard of women's morals by raising their pay envelope. It lies deeper than that.

• The reason you don't like the Bible, you old sinner, is because it knows all about you.

• Going to church doesn't make a man a Christian, any more than going to a garage makes him an automobile.

• The difference between God's side and the devil's is the difference between heaven and hell.

• God keeps no half-way house. It's either heaven or hell for you and me.

• A man can slip into hell with his hand on the door-knob of heaven.

• The Bible will always be full of things you cannot understand, as long as you will not live according to those you can understand.

• The inconsistency is not in the Bible, but in your life.

• God likes a little humor, as is evidence by the fact that he made the monkeys, the parrot—and some of you people.

• Yank some of the groans out of your prayers, and shove in some shouts.

• If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.

• What have you given the world it never possessed before you came?

• The Bible says forgive your debtors; the world says "sue them for their dough."

• Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.

• I am not the author of the plan of salvation, but I am responsible for the way I preach it.

• I am an old-fashioned preacher of the old-time religion, that has warmed this cold world's heart for two thousand years.

• When I hit the devil square in the face some people go away as mad as if I had slapped them in the mouth.

• The backslider likes the preaching that wouldn't hit the side of a house, while the real disciple is delighted when the truth brings him to his knees.

• To discover a flaw in our makeup is a chance to get rid of it, and add a new line of beauty to our life.

• It is not necessary to be in a big place to do big things.

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