Freemasonry has tenets peculiar to itself. They serve as testimonials of
character and qualifications, which are only conferred after due course of
instruction and examination. These are of no small value; they speak a
universal language, and act as a passport to the attention and support of
the initiated in all parts of the world. They cannot be lost as long as
memory retains its power. Let the possessor of them be expatriated,
shipwrecked or imprisoned, let him be stripped of everything he has got
in the world, still those credentials remain, and are available for use as
circumstances require. The good effects they have produced are established
by the most incontestable facts of history. They have stayed the
uplifted hand of the destroyer; they have softened the asperities of the
tyrant; they have mitigated the horrors of captivity; they have subdues
the rancor of malevolence; and broken down the barriers of political animosity
and sectarian alienation. On the field of battle, in the solitudes of
the uncultivated forest, or in the busy haunts of the crowded city, they
have made men of the most hostile feelings, the most distant regions and
diversified condition, rush to the aid of each other, and feel a special satisfaction
that the have been able to afford relief to a Brother Mason.

Benjamin Franklin

What though a man win wealth and the applause of fame, and have not
Charity, it is mothing; what though he sway the world with his eloquence
and miss the high prize of “self-knowledge, self-reverence and selfcontrol,”
even if men erect an obelisk of gold above his grave it is monument
to a failure. He only is wise who lives a simple, sincere, faithful
life, building on the Square by the Plumb, toiling in the light of Eternity.

Joseph Fort Newton