70 Best William Booth Quotes from ‘Salvation Army’ Founder

William Bramwell Booth who was born on March 8, 1856 in Yorkshire, England was the second general of the Salvation Army from 1912 to 1929.

He was the eldest son of the organization’s founders, William and Catherine Booth.

Booth Jr. began his full-time collaborative work with the Salvation Army in 1874 and served as its chief organizer from 1880.

Implementing the social service plans outlined by his father, he effectively championed for legislation to protect young girls in moral danger.


He faced a trial, alongside William Thomas Stead, on a technical charge related to this successful legislative push, but was acquitted.

This trial and the accompanying press campaign led by Stead brought attention to the issue of child exploitation in 19th-century England.

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Booth, an eloquent speaker and proponent of Christian perfection, published nine books, including the well-known Echoes and Memories (1925) and These Fifty Years (1929).

He was also passionate about religious work among young people and assumed the role of general after his father’s death.

Best William Booth Quotes


Look well to the fire of your souls, for the tendency of fire is to go out. ~ William Booth.


Why should the devil have all the best tunes? ~ William Booth.


To be equal does not mean you have to be equal. ~ William Booth.


Some of my best men are women! ~ William Booth.


You cannot warm the hearts of people with God’s love if they have an empty stomach and cold feet. ~ William Booth.


‘Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. ~ William Booth.


You have to follow the right pattern. ~ William Booth.


I want to see a new translation of the Bible into the hearts and conduct of living men and women. ~ William Booth.


Can we go too fast in saving souls? If anyone still wants a reply, let him ask the lost souls in Hell. ~ William Booth.


I thought we were going to come back and win the game all the way. It was a flip of the coin game that last inning. ~ William Booth.

Top William Booth Quotes


A man’s labor is not only his capital but his life. When it passes it returns never more. ~ William Booth.


It is against stupidity in every shape and form that we have to wage our eternal battle. ~ William Booth.


If I thought I could win one more soul to the Lord by walking on my head and playing the tambourine with my toes, I’d learn how! ~ William Booth.


Work as if everything depended upon work and pray as if everything depended upon prayer. ~ William Booth.


I am for the world’s salvation, I will quarrel with no means that promises help. ~ William Booth.

While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight. While little 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. ~ William Booth.


Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. ~ William Booth.

In the twentieth century, our faith would feature a Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, and heaven without hell. ~ William Booth.


I am not waiting for a move of God, I am a move of God! ~ William Booth.

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. ~ William Booth.

What then is there left for me to do? Not count the weeks, the days and the hours which will bring me again into her sweet company. ~ William Booth.


The profession of a prostitute is the only career in which the maximum income is paid to the newest apprentice. ~ William Booth.

Famous William Booth Quotes

We must wake ourselves up! Or somebody else will take our place, and bear our cross, and thereby rob us of our crown. ~ William Booth.


If you want to change the future, then you are going to have to trouble the present. ~ William Booth.

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. ~ William Booth.

What is the use of preaching the Gospel to men whose whole attention is concentrated upon a mad, desperate struggle to keep themselves alive? ~ William Booth.

We are not sent to minister to a congregation and be content if we keep things going. We are sent to make war and to stop short of nothing but the subjugation of the world to the sway of the Lord Jesus. ~ William Booth.

If any of them that come through the program are having trouble in math, I’ll tutor them. (Teaching) is the most important thing I do. ~ William Booth.


Will you go to His feet and place yourself entirely at His disposal? ~ William Booth.

Your days at the most cannot be very long, so use them to the best of your ability for the glory of God and the benefit of your generation. ~ William Booth.

A man’s labor is not only his capital but his life. When it passes it returns never more. To utilize it, to prevent its wasteful squandering, to enable the poor man to bank it up for use hereafter, this surely is one of the most urgent tasks before civilization. ~ William Booth.

Good cookery is not an extravagance but an economy, and many a tasty dish is made by our continental friends out of materials which would be discarded indignantly by the poorest tramp in Whitechapel. ~ William Booth.

Without excuse and self-consideration of health or limb or life, true soldiers fight, live to fight, love the thickest of the fight, and die in the midst of it. ~ William Booth.


It is impossible to comfort men’s hearts with the love of God when their feet are perishing with cold. ~ William Booth.

Nobody gets a blessing if they have cold feet and nobody ever got saved while they had toothache! ~ William Booth.

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! ~ William Booth.

I must assert in the most unqualified way that it is primarily and mainly for the sake of saving the soul that I seek the salvation of the body. ~ William Booth.

If there is anything of power in The Salvation Army today, it is because God has had all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will, and all the influence of my life. ~ William Booth.


The greatness of the man’s power is the measure of his surrender. ~ William Booth.

I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; forgiveness without repentance; salvation without regeneration; politics without God; and Heaven without Hell. ~ William Booth.


If Moses had operated through committees the Israelites never would have got across the Red Sea. ~ William Booth.

Great William Booth Quotes

Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like the legs of men walking. First faith, and then works; and then faith again, and then works again until they can scarcely distinguish which is the one and which is the other. ~ William Booth.

Look! Don’t be deceived by appearances – men and things are not what they seem. All who are not on the rock are in the sea! ~ William Booth.


There are different kinds of fire; there is false fire. No one knows this better than we do. ~ William Booth.

There is a day coming when there will be a religion without repentance, a salvation without the Holy Ghost, a Heaven without Hell. ~ William Booth.

While there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight – I’ll fight to the very end! ~ William Booth.

You must pray with all your might. That does not mean saying your prayers, or sitting gazing about in church or chapel with eyes wide open while someone else says them for you. It means fervent, effectual, untiring wrestling with God. ~ William Booth.

Don’t instill, or allow anybody else to instill into the hearts of your girls the idea that marriage is the chief end of life. ~ William Booth.

Thought-Provoking William Booth Quotes

They played better than we did and they deserve to win. We had spots that we played well. I hope we get back in the groove. ~ William Booth.


Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. ~ William Booth.

Before we go to our knees to receive the Baptism of Fire, let me beg of you to see to it that your souls are in harmony with the will and purpose of the Holy Spirit whom you seek. ~ William Booth.

No sort of defense is needed for preaching outdoors, but it would take a very strong argument to prove that a man who has never preached beyond the walls of his meetinghouse has done his duty. A defense is required for services within buildings rather than for worship outside of them. ~ William Booth.

These are the two points of the Cab Horse’s Charter. When he is down he is helped up, and while he lives he has food, shelter, and work. ~ William Booth.

Some men’s passion is for gold, some men’s passion is for art, some men’s passion is for fame. My passion is for souls. ~ William Booth.


You cannot make a man clean [simply] by washing his shirt. ~ William Booth.

A defense is required for services within buildings rather than for worship outside of them. ~ William Booth.

There are different kinds of fire; there is false fire. No one knows this better than we do, but we are not such fools as to refuse good bank notes because there are false ones in circulation; and although we see here and there manifestations of what appears to us to be nothing more than mere earthly fire, we none the less prize and value, and seek for the genuine fire which comes from the altar of the Lord. ~ William Booth.

Profound William Booth Quotes

It’s important. We play that second one because in a tie that’s how we see who goes. ~ William Booth.


If the inside remains unchanged you have wasted your labor. ~ William Booth.

If I had my choice, I wouldn’t send you to school, I’d send you to Hell for five minutes, and you’d come back real soul winners. ~ William Booth.


Go straight for souls, and go for the worst. ~ William Booth.

God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible. ~ William Booth.

The rescued are appallingly few – a ghastly minority compared with the multitudes who struggle and sink in the open-mouthed abyss.~ William Booth.


I must go, not only to those who need me but to those who need me most. ~ William Booth.

We are sent to make war and to stop short of nothing but the subjugation of the world to the sway of the Lord Jesus. ~ William Booth.

Let the business of the world take care of itself. My business is to get the world saved. ~ William Booth.


Go for souls and go for the worst. ~ William Booth.

We are a salvation people – this is our specialty – getting saved and keeping saved, and then getting somebody else saved, and then getting saved ourselves more and more until full salvation on earth makes the heaven within, which is finally perfected by the full salvation without, on the other side of the river. ~ William Booth.

Secular music, do you say, belongs to the devil? Does it? Well, if it did I would plunder him for it, for he has no right to a single note of the whole seven. Every note, and every strain, and every harmony is divine, and belongs to us. ~ William Booth.

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