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20 DL Moody Quotes That Will Build Your Faith

Be encouraged with this powerful collection of DL Moody quotes. Moody was an amazing man of God and you can see a lot of this in his writings.

Faith Building DL Moody Quotes on Christian Faith

I recently read and reviewed When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up. <– click there to check out my review. When I picked up the book I didn’t realize that it was about 8 women who worked with Dwight L. Moody or attended Moody Institute.

It was quite amazing to see how God used their connection to each other to further the Kingdom of God.

Since then I thought it would be fun to share some inspiring D.L Moody quotes. I highly recommend reading these slowly and letting them sink in. They carry a powerful punch of truth. But before we do that here is a short Bio about Dwight Lyman Moody.

A Short Bio of DL Moody

I want to keep this bio of D.L Moody brief. My heart is that it would give you a little insight into his life and if interested you can learn more by clicking on the link below.

Dwight Lyman Moody was born on February 5th, 1837 and is most known as D.L Moody. He was born in Northfield, Massachusetts to a big family. He was number 7 out of the bunch.

In 1855 he became part of a Sunday School in Boston that was taught by Edward Kimball. Kimball led Moody to the Lord and a year later he was off to Chicago. Not to spread the gospel but to sell shoes!

In 1856 and 1857 a revival broke out in Chicago. Moody and many others started attending prayer meetings worship meetings daily. Moody’s walk with Lord became closer and closer. This gave him a passion for witnessing and reaching children for Jesus.

Later in his life, D.L Moody Was known for:

  • Moody’s Mission Sunday School & Moody Church
  • Civil War Outreach from 1861 to 1865
  • Training School for Women with Emma Dryer
  •  Northfield Seminary for Young Women
  • Mount Hermon School for Boys 
  • National and International Revivals
  • Moody Bible Institute

For more on Moody’s life please check it out here: D.L Moody’s Life Story

If you are somehow in a movie mood. There is actually a movie on his life. You can watch it below. Just beware the quality is not the greatest, but I think if you make some popcorn it will help. 😉

20 Quotes by DL Moody

Many of these DL Moody quotes have been taken from his writings and sermons. Please feel free to share the quotes and if you use an image please link back to this page.

“There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.” – D L. Moody

“I never saw a fruit-bearing Christian who was not a student of the Bible.” – D L. Moody

“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.” – D L. Moody

“There is no use trying to do Church work without love. A doctor, a lawyer, may do good work without love, but God’s work cannot be done without love.” – D L. Moody

“How far away is Heaven? It is not so far as some imagine. It wasn’t very far from Daniel. It was not so far off that Elijah’s prayer and those of others could not be heard there. Men full of the Spirit can look right into heaven.” – D L. Moody

Moody Quote - "Every Great Movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure."

“Small numbers make no difference to God. There is nothing small if God is in it.” – D L. Moody

“If I take care of my character; my reputation will take care of itself.” – D L. Moody

The Bible without the Holy Spirit is a sundial by moonlight.  – D L. Moody

“A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.” – D L. Moody

“I firmly believe that the moment our hearts are emptied of selfishness and ambition and self-seeking and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will come and fill every corner of our hearts; but if we are full of pride and conceit, ambition and self-seeking, pleasure and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God. I also believe that many a man is praying to God to fill him, when he is full already with something else. Before we pray that God would fill us, I believe we ought to pray that He would empty us. There must be an emptying before there can be a filling; and when the heart is turned upside down, and everything that is contrary to God is turned out, then the Spirit will come…”  – D L. Moody

Quotes by DL Moody - There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things."

“Read the Bible, my friends, as if you were seeking for something of value. It is a good deal better to take a single chapter, and spend a month on it, than to read the Bible at random for a month.” – D L. Moody

“The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.” – D L. Moody

“When we come to the “I will” of Christ, He means to fulfil it. Everything He has promised to do, He is able and willing to accomplish; and He is going to do it. I cannot find any passage in Scripture in which He says “I will” do this, or “I will” do that, but it will be done.” – D L. Moody

“The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.” – D L. Moody

“Bear in mind there is no situation in life for which you cannot find some word of consolation in Scripture.” – D L. Moody

“We ought to see the face of God every morning before we see the face of man.” – D L. Moody

Dwight L. Moody Quote - Love "God's work cannot be done without love."

“He who kneels the most, stands the best.” – D L. Moody

“Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.” – D L. Moody

“What we need as Christians is to be able to feed ourselves. How many there are who sit helpless and listless, with open mouths, hungry for spiritual things, and the minister has to try to feed them, while the Bible is a feast prepared, into which they never venture.” – D L. Moody

“Character is what you are in the dark.” – D L. Moody

The time is coming when Christ will be worth more to you than ten thousand worlds like this. He is offered to you now. Today is the day of grace. Now is the day of mercy. If you read your Bible carefully, you will find that God always precedes judgment with grace. Grace is a forerunner of judgment.” -D L. Moody

“The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.” -D L. Moody

dwight l. moody quotes - "The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation"

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I hope these Moody Quotes have inspired you as they have inspired me. If one of them really stuck out to you please drop me a comment below sharing your favorite quote or quotes! I love to know which one(s) impacted you.

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Tuesday 17th of November 2020

So uplifting,as well as eye-opening, I needed to hear these quotes, I have never heard of D L Moody til today and even listened to a life changing sermon of his because of them. Thanks for posting, much gratitude. Thank you Jesus for bringing me to them!!


Tuesday 21st of April 2020

The paragraph on D L Moody’s biography reads “ Dwight Lyman Moody was born on February 5th, 1987 and is most known as D.L Moody. He was born in Northfield, Massachusetts to a big family. He was number 7 out of the bunch.”

The date of birth is clearly an error not noticed?

Really inspiring blog on the whole. Thank you.

Melissa Tumino

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

Oh, thank you for pointing out that typo! It's been fixed. Being born in 1987 would make D.L Moody 2 years younger than me! :) haha


Sunday 5th of April 2020

Hi Melissa.. My son lives to watch Moody Bible Institute on YouTube. I am so happy I came across you post. With permission, I would like to use of the quotes you compiled for our daily devotional videos that we post on YouTube. Our channel is called AMAZING WALKS OF LIFE.

Thanks in advance.

Melissa Tumino

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Hi Lei! That's great your son loves watching Moody Bible Institue. :) And yes you can use this post, but please link to my site on the youtube video description.


Monday 24th of December 2018

I really enjoyed all these quotes. Thank you for sharing