Billy Sunday

  • American clergyman
  • Born November 19, 1862
  • Died November 6, 1935

William Ashley Sunday (November 19, 1862 – November 6, 1935) was an American athlete who, after being a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during the 1880s, became the most celebrated and influential American evangelist during the first two decades of the 20th century.Born into poverty in Iowa, Sunday spent some years at the Iowa Soldiers' Orphans' Home before working at odd jobs and playing for local running and baseball teams. His speed and agility provided him the opportunity to play baseball in the major leagues for eight years, where he was an average hitter and a good fielder known for his base-running.

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

You might as well try and dam Niagara Falls with toothpicks as to stop the reform wave sweeping our land.

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

The saloon is a liar. It promises good cheer and sends sorrow.

I believe there is no doctrine more dangerous to the Church today than to convey the impression that a revival is something peculiar in itself and cannot be judged by the same rules of causes and effect as other things.

I am the sworn, eternal and uncompromising enemy of the liquor traffic.

After all is said that can be said upon the liquor traffic, its influence is degrading upon the individual, the family, politics and business, and upon everything that you touch in this old world.

When the English language gets in my way, I walk over it.

A revival does two things. First, it returns the Church from her backsliding and second, it causes the conversion of men and women; and it always includes the conviction of sin on the part of the Church. What a spell the devil seems to cast over the Church today!

The world is wrong side up. It needs to be turned upside down in order to be right side up.

Whiskey is all right in its place - but its place is hell.

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

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.

Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his.

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.

Some persons have lived manly or womanly lives, and they lack but one thing - open confession of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some men think that they must come to him in a certain way - that they must be stirred by emotion or something like that.

I believe the Bible is the word of God from cover to cover.

At Kansas City, Kansas, before the saloons were closed, they were getting ready to build an addition to the jail. Now the doors swing idly on the hinges and there is nobody to lock in the jails.

Religion needs a baptism of horse sense.

I dare not exercise personal liberty if it infringes on the liberty of others.

If there is no hell, a good many preachers are obtaining money under false pretenses.

When may a revival be expected? When the wickedness of the wicked grieves and distresses the Christian.

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.

Jesus Christ was God's revenue officer.

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

I am a temperance Republican down to my toes.

Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first.

When is a revival needed? When carelessness and unconcern keep the people asleep.

God Almighty never intended that the devil should triumph over the Church. He never intended that the saloons should walk rough-shod over Christianity.

Conversion is a complete surrender to Jesus. It's a willingness to do what he wants you to do.

They tell me a revival is only temporary; so is a bath, but it does you good.

I tell you that the curse of God Almighty is on the saloon.

Christianity means a lot more than church membership.

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

Personal liberty is not personal license.

I challenge you to show me where the saloon has ever helped business, education, church, morals or anything we hold dear.