Famous Masonic Sayings & Quotes: The Freemasons date back to London in 1717 where they founded the first Grand Lodge. There are various levels of the organization from the lodge to the guild with a record dating them back to the Middle Ages and the reformation. Here’s a look at 65 of the most identifiable, ever recorded Famous Masonic Sayings & Quotes.
65 Famous Masonic Sayings & Quotes
Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.
“Shoes divide men into three classes. Some men wear their father’s shoes. They make no decisions of their own. Some are unthinkingly shod by the crowd. The strong man is his own cobbler. He insists on making his own choices. He walks in his own shoes.”
There are no strangers in Freemasonry, only friends you’ve yet to meet.
Freemasonry is founded on the immutable laws of Truth and Justice and its grand object is to promote the happiness of the human race.
“The spiritual life of the world has burned during all these centuries with the pure flame first kindled by the sublime mystic of the Galilean Hills.”
“You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as you self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.”
“Beautiful thoughts hardly bring us to God until they are acted upon. No one can have a true idea of right until he does it.”
“Character is what you are in the dark.”
“The most beautiful thing that we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
“God hides some ideal in every human soul. At some time in our life we feel a trembling, fearful longing to do some good thing. Life finds its noblest spring of excellence in this hidden impulse to do our best.”
“Ideals are like stars. You will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but, like the seafaring man, you choose them as your guides, and, following them, you will reach your destiny.”
“A secret between two is a secret of God; a secret between three is everybodie’s secret.”
“There is no right way to do wrong.”
“Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worth wile.”
“There are parts of a ship which taken by themselves would sink. The engine would sink. The propeller would sink. But when the parts of a ship are built together, they float.”
“Men grow when inspired by a high purpose, when contemplating vast horizons. The sacrifice of oneself is not very difficult for one burning with the passion for a great adventure.”
“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a mater of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; a matter of will, a quality of imagination, a vigor of emotions; it is the freshness of the deep spring of life.”
The true Mason always carries his working tools everywhere.
“Live neither in the past nor the future, but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.”
Everybody really knows what to do to have his life filled with joy. What is it? Quit hating people; start loving them. Quit being mad at people; start liking them.Quit doing wrong; quit being filled with fear and quit thinking about yourself and go out and do something for other people.Everybody knows what you have to do to be happy. But the wisdom of the test lies in the final words: “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”
The true Mason never hesitates to use the working tools to correct personal flaws.
“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“Beauty is God’s handwriting.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.
Freemasonry must stand upon the Rock of Truth, religion, political, social, and economic. Nothing is so worthy of its care as freedom in all its aspects. “Free” is the most vital part of Freemasonry.It means freedom of thought and expression, freedom of spiritual and religious ideals, freedom from oppression, freedom from ignorance, superstition, vice and bigotry, freedom to acquire and possess property, to go and come at pleasure, and to rise or fall according to will of ability.
“Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with sky-lights.”
“The truth is like a balloon and a lie is like a pin, once you pierce the balloon with the pin the balloon, like the truth, becomes worthless.”
I violate no secret when I say that one of the greatest values in Masonry is that it affords an opportunity for men of all walks of life to meet on common ground where all men are equal and have one common interest.
“If you see something wrong and don’t correct it, you have just set a new standard.”
“A wise man hears one word and understands two.”
We Masons are among the fortunate ones who are taught to meet together with others opposing convictions or competitive ideas and yet respect each other as Brothers.
The true Mason takes full responsibility for the condition of his character and ever strives for its perfection.
“Man’s action are the picture book of his creeds.”
“The beauty of the sunbeam lies partly in the fact that God does not keep it; he gives it away to us all.”
Freemasonry teaches not merely temperance, fortitude, prudence, justice, brotherly love, relief, and truth, but liberty, equality, and fraternity, and it denounces ignorance, superstition, bigotry, lust tyranny and despotism.
Give the brethren a chance to do something, anything, no matter how small or unimportant. A brother convinced that he is helpful is enthusiastic.
“If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world, it will come through the expression of your own personality, that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature.”
“We ought to hear at least one little song every day, read a good poem, see a first-rate painting, and if possible speak a few sensible words.”
“Education lays hold of what is best in a person, but character lays hold of what is worse. It takes hold of a failing and by very skillful manipulation and training turns it into a perfection.”
“Throw away all ambition beyond that of doing the days work well. The traveler on the road to success live in the present, heedless of taking thought for the marrow.”
Masonry was not made to divide men, but to unite them, leaving each man free to think his own thoughts and fashion his own system of ultimate truth. All its emphasis rests upon two extremely simple and profound principles, love of God and love of man.
“Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influence to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach.”
“I have walked with people whose eyes are full of light but see nothing in sea and sky, nothing in city streets, nothing in books.”
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.”
The genius of Freemasonry is not our Masonic buildings and temples or the trappings of our organizations. It is not our great charities or community activities. It’s not our beautiful rituals or their teachings! It’s the ‘practice of Freemasonry’ by the Freemasons. Yet we cannot practice that which we do not know or understand. Thus Masonic education is the foundation for our Fraternity. (Famous Masonic Sayings & Quotes).
“To fulfill the dreams of ones youth; that is the best that can happen to a man. No worldly success can take the place of that.”
“All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.”