25 Best Catherine Booth Quotes from Mother of the Salvation Army

Catherine Booth the wife of Salvation Army founder William Booth was an impactful preacher and social worker.

Born Catherine Mumford on January 17, 1829, she was educated at home due to her adolescent invalid status.

She and her family moved to London in 1844 where she joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church.

After a group of reformers were expelled, she and her future husband sided with them and married in 1855.


Catherine was a vocal advocate for women’s rights to preach, publishing the still relevant pamphlet “Female Ministry” in 1859.

She started preaching at her husband’s church the following year. Catherine was a significant orator, conducting successful meetings in London’s West End between 1880-84.

She participated in a campaign in 1885 that led to the Criminal Law Amendment Act targeted at protecting young girls.

Catherine did not deem sacraments necessary for salvation influencing the Salvation Army’s perspective on the sacraments.

Below are some of the most thought-provoking quotes by Catherine Booth for you.

Best Catherine Booth Quotes


The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under, but over. ~ Catherine Booth.


Faith is inseparable from expectations. Where there is real faith, there is always expectation. ~ Catherine Booth.


If Christ cannot supersede the Law, then I am lost, and lost forever. ~ Catherine Booth.


I don’t believe in any religion apart from doing the will of God. ~ Catherine Booth.


What the law tried to do by a restraining power from without, the gospel does by an inspiring power from within. ~ Catherine Booth.


If we are to better the future we must disturb the present. ~ Catherine Booth.

What the Lord wants is that you shall go about the business to which He sets you, not asking for an easy post, nor grumbling at a hard one. ~ Catherine Booth.

Cast off all bonds of prejudice and custom, and let the love of Christ, which is in you, have free course to run out in all conceivable schemes and methods of labour for the souls of men. ~ Catherine Booth.


We are made for larger ends than Earth can encompass. Oh, let us be true to our exalted destiny. ~ Catherine Booth.

It seemed clear to me from the teaching of the Bible that Christ’s people should be separate from the world in everything which denoted character and that they should not only be separate but appear so. ~ Catherine Booth.

A barracks is meant to be a place where real soldiers were to be fed and equipped for war, not a place to settle down in or as a comfortable snuggery in which to enjoy ourselves. I hope that if ever they, our soldiers, do settle down God will burn their barracks over their heads! ~ Catherine Booth


Do not give way to lowness while you are young. Rise up on the strength of God and resolve to conquer. ~ Catherine Booth.

Also read: John Knox quotes and Peter Kreeft quotes.

Top Catherine Booth Quotes

God forbid that I should ever teach any adaptation of the Gospel. But I contend that we may serve it up in any sort of dish that will induce the people to partake of it. ~ Catherine Booth.

He may not be able to put together two sentences of the Queen’s English, but if he can say that he has been born again, if he can say “once I was blind but now I see”, he will do for The Salvation Army. ~ Catherine Booth.


You are not here in the world for yourself. You have been sent here for others. The world is waiting for you! ~ Catherine Booth.

Many do not recognize the fact as they ought, that Satan has got men fast asleep in sin and that it is his great device to keep them so. But if we awake the sleeping sinner he will gnash on us with his teeth. ~ Catherine Booth.

The popular gospel of this day, is the laughing-stock of Hell; it dare neither damn the sinner, nor sanctify the saint. ~ Catherine Booth.

Famous Catherine Booth Quotes

The more you lead me up to Christ in all things, the more highly shall I esteem you, and if it be possible to love you more than I do now, the more shall I love you. ~ Catherine Booth.


There is no improving the future without disturbing the present. ~ Catherine Booth.

The Gospel that represents Jesus Christ, not as a system of truth to be received, into the mind, as I should receive a system of philosophy, or astronomy, but it represents Him as a real, living, mighty Savior, able to save me now. ~ Catherine Booth.

The curse, of this age especially, is unbelief, frittering the real meaning of God’s word away, and making it all figure and fiction. ~ Catherine Booth.

And we find from Church history that the primitive Christians thus understood it; for that women did actually speak and preach amongst them we have indisputable proof. ~ Catherine Booth.


If you are under the dominion of sin, you are yet an utter stranger to the salvation of God. ~ Catherine Booth.

Here is the principle – adapt your measures to the necessity of the people to whom you minister. You are to take the Gospel to them in such modes and circumstances as will gain for it from them a hearing. ~ Catherine Booth.

I know not what He is about to do with me, but I have given myself entirely into His hands. ~ Catherine Booth.

So these were the 25 top Catherine Booth quotes and sayings.

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