Famous Freemason Quotes – Mark Twain

Famous Freemason Quotes – Mark Twain

Who is Mark Twain and what is his Masonic Story? Let’s start at the beginning Mark Twain was a ‘pen name’ for Brother Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Brother Clemens was born November 30, 1835, and put down his working tools on April 21, 1910. Brother Samuel was better known by his pen name Mark Twain to the world.

Under the pen name of Mark Twain, he was a writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer in the United States with popularity internationally. His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – published in 1876 and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published in 1885. His sequel was later called by many people as “The Great American Novel“.

Here are a few memorable quotes by Mark Twain – enjoy…

  1. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
  2. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
  3. “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”
  4. “With courage, you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”
  5. “Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.”
  6. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”
  7. “Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life.”
  8. “The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
  9. “Do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”
  10. “I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”
  11. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
  12. “It is wiser to find out than suppose.”

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Mark Twain / Brother Samuel Langhorne Clemens – The Freemason

Brother Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known under his pen name as the author Mark Twain, as stated earlier was an accomplished American author. Brother Samuel Clemens was born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. In the early years of his life, he worked as an apprentice for a printer. Soon after he went on to work as a Mississippi River pilot. Some Masonic historians think that this was what sparked Brother Clemens’s interest in joining Freemasonry.

Brother Clemens (aka Mark Twain) presented his petition to a local lodge in the city of Saint Louis on December 26, 1860. He was made a Freemason by the brothers of Polar Star Lodge No. 79 on February 18, 1861. This blue lodge was known to be primarily made up of local River Pilots at the time. Thus giving a pausable assumption on how he was introduced and possibly inspired to join our fraternity. He was passed June 10, 1861, to the degree of FellowCraft and soon after was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on July 12, 1861.

Soon after being raised, he left for an employment opportunity in the Nevada Territory working for his brother Orion. His brother at the time was the secretary of the Nevada Territory. Brother Samuel was subsequently suspended from his home lodge.  Therefore his Masonic activity was suspended during that time until Brother Samuel returned from the Nevada Territory. He went and petitioned for readmission to his home Lodge and was reinstated.

Some additional quotes from Mark Twain…

  • “The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.”
  • “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
  • “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”
  • “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
  • “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
  • “Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.”
  • “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
  • “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”
  • “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”
  • “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”
  • “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
  • “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
  • “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.”
  • “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”
  • “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”
  • “Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”
  • “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
  • “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
  • “Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.”
  • “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”
  • “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
  • “Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”
  • “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
  • “There’s one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him; if he says yes, you know he’s crooked.”
  • “I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”
  • “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

Famous Freemason Quotes – Mark Twain

Referred by many as the “Father of American Literature,” Brother Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) was a journalist, writer, and humorist, more commonly known under his pen name “Mark Twain.” Brother Clemens first wrote under the alias as a newspaper reporter in 1863, referencing a Mississippi River term meaning “Mark #2” or the second mark line on a steamboat denoting safe passage depth on the river.

Later in life, our brother became a busy man; writing, tours, and the beginnings of fame kept him away from Saint Louis for long periods of time. On one of his first trips exploring Europe and the Middle East, Brother Samuel was believed to have been so impressed by Lebanon and its connection to Freemasonry. He ended up retrieving a piece of cedar and had it made into a gavel to send back to the Worshipful Master of his Mother / Home Lodge. Soon, after he fell in love and discontinued in his fraternal pursues. This article was made possible by the Freemasonry Report – enjoy reading more of the Famous Freemason Quotes – Mark Twain.

The most famous quote which links closely to Freemasonry is:  “He praised his Maker that he was as he was and went on enjoying his little life just the same as if he really had been deliberately designed and erected by the Great Architect of the Universe.” –  Innocents Abroad, Published in 1869 by Brother Samuel Clemens as known as Mark Twain.

Famous Mark Twain quotes and sayings…

  1. “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”
  2. “The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.”
  3. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
  4. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
  5. “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.”
  6. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
  7. “I don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell – you see, I have friends in both places.”
  8. “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.”
  9. “Golf is a good walk spoiled.”
  10. “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
  11. “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work.”
  12. “Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.”
  13. “The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.”
  14. “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.”
  15. “Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.”
  16. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
  17. “Let us endeavor so to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
  18. “I make it a rule never to smoke while I’m sleeping.”
  19. “The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.”

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Famous Freemason Quotes – Sir Winston Churchill

Famous Freemason Quotes – Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill was a shining example of what stability during a crisis and within a functioning democracy should look like. He was a celebrated author, a Freemason, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. His leadership and his use of the English vocabulary inspired many millions of people during the second world war.

  1. ” For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all Parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history of myself.”
  2. “When you’re 20 you care what everyone thinks, when you’re 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks, when you’re 60 you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”Winston Churchill
  3. “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
  4. “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” – Winston Churchill
  5. “To every man there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered a chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for that which would be his finest hour.”
  6. “The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
  7. “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.”
  8. “The optimist was the man who did not mind what happened so long as it did not happen to him. The pessimist was the man who lived with the optimist.”
  9. “One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.” – Winston Churchill
  10. “Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.”
  11. “I’d rather argue against a hundred idiots, than have one agree with me.”
  12. “In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.” – Winston Churchill
  13. “Life is fraught with opportunities to keep your mouth shut.”
  14. “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
  15. “Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.”
  16. “Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”
  17. “A nation that forgets its past has no future.”
  18. “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”
  19. “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
  20. “If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea.”
  21. “Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those others that have been.”
  22. “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
  23. “You don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer.”
  24. “A country which tries to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and endeavouring to lift himself up by the handle.”
  25. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”

Who was Sir Winston Churchill?

Winston Churchill is considered one of the most sublime British statesmen of all time by many British Scholars.

His full name was Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill. His words provided strength for a nation. Sir Churchill faced adversity even at the very beginning of his life – born two months premature in Oxfordshire on November 30, 1874.

By his own admission, Churchill struggled in school, particularly in mathematics. Although far from the top of his class, he excelled in grammar, rhetoric, and logic – skills that served him substantially in his political career.   His strategy helped create an atmosphere of stability in his country as well as during the dark days of World War II most likely had its origin during his youth.

He was an author and wrote numerous books on a variety of topics.  He is best known for his six-volume anthology on World War II, particularly the first book titled The Gathering Storm is masterful historical prose. With eloquence, Churchill narrates his experience during the war with sharp imagery and poetic grace: “It is where the balance quivers and the proportions are veiled in mist, that the opportunity for world-saving decisions presents itself.”  Sir Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize for his writing in literature later in his life.

As a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, his tenacity and commitment to winning were showcased on the world stage during the second world war. He served his country with distinction from 1940 – 1945 and then again from 1951 – 1955.  Following the end of the second world war, he received his investiture as a Knight of the Garter from the Royal Family of England.

Here are a few more memorable quotes by Winston Churchill – enjoy…

  1. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
  2. “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
  3. “Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”
  4. “Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are in the dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason.”
  5. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
  6. “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

Sir Winston Churchill – the Freemason.

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was ‘made’ a Freemason at his initiation into Studholme Lodge 1591 on May 24th, 1901.  During the time Churchill was considering joining, Freemasonry was viewed as a fashionable and very popular social pursuit. Receiving a lot of positive publicity, Freemasons were recognized and revered in their local communities.

This was mainly due to the election of the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) as Grand Master in 1875 gave a huge boost to Freemasonry’s popularity. As the Prince of Wales, he had been an exceedingly popular Grand Master in England at that time.  The membership of the Prince of Wales / Most Worshipful Edward VII had brought with it the benefit of introducing and making other Royals and aristocrats into becoming Freemasons.

Just one year later, John Studholme Brownrigg, Provincial Grand Master for Surrey, whose prominent family gave its name to the new Lodge, consecrated the Studholme Lodge No. 1591 on 31 January 1876. Just 5 years later in 1881, the lodge relocated to London, thus the Craft of this lodge membership roster read like a Who’s Who of the aristocracy and social elite

Therefore, it is clear to see that Brother Winston Churchill’s home lodge benefitted greatly from this as well as numerous other Masonic Lodges around the United Kingdom at the time.  The guest list for the Lodge’s 21st Installation Banquet in 1897 includes 17 Members of Parliament, including the Lord Chancellor, and numerous Lords, Earls, Knights and high-ranking members of the armed forces dispersed throughout the dining room.

It was not by accident that the promising young Winston was introduced to Studholme Lodge in London to understand then. The Lodge records give the date of Churchill’s initiation as 24 May 1901 with his address as 105 Mount Street, his age as 26, and his occupation as a Member of Parliament.

Within two months, on July 19th, 1901 Winston was ‘passed’ to Fellowcraft (or the second degree in Freemasonry).  Finally, on March 5th, 1902, Brother Winston Churchill was ‘raised’ to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. Not every Freemason goes thru all three degrees at their home lodge but, for Brother Winston Churchill all three degrees were conducted in Studholme Lodge.

Later, Brother Churchill’s home lodge (Studholme Lodge) merged in 1959 with United Lodge No. 1629 to form United Studholme Lodge and merged again in 1976 with Alliance Lodge No. 1827 to attain its present status as Studholme Alliance Lodge, retaining its original number 1591.

Although he did not hold Masonic office, Brother Churchill was of a faithful brother Master Mason and his regular attendance was recorded when attending a Stated or Called Communication of his lodge.

In 1912, Brother Winston Churchill resigned from his home lodge. Brother Churchill endeavored with a group of Freemasons to form a new lodge in 1918 – the Ministry of Munitions Lodge. Unfortunately, his petition to demit was rejected by the new lodge. Therefore his masonic participation dwindled to the rare visit to the Royal Naval Lodge No. 59. Clearly Winston, in becoming a freemason, complied with the fashion of the time and his friends and colleague’s sociable activities and wishes.

Brother Churchill followed in a long-standing and distinguished Churchill family tradition of freemasons. His respect, affection and the
influence exerted on him by his father Lord Randolph, will have played a part in his joining the craft. No doubt, it also fulfilled Winston’s own curios interest in the fraternity.

It is fair to say that Brother Churchill was a ‘joiner’ by nature. It is known by Historians that Freemasonry was only one area of his interest in similar
organizations. In November 1904 he accepted honorary membership in the Hawthorn Lodge of the British Order of Ancient Free Gardeners, he is recorded as a member of the Loyal Waterloo Lodge of the National Independent Order of Odd Fellows in, Manchester in April of 1907 and of the Albion Lodge, Oxford of the Ancient Order of Druids in September 1908. (his father, was also a member of the Woodstock Lodge of Independent Order of Foresters).

Therefore it is important to note, that Brother Winston Churchill’s association with the fraternity of Freemasonry must be placed within this context of his membership in numerous fraternal based organizations, thus due to his career there is a clear record of a period(s) of equal inactivity in many
of these fraternal groups in England at the time.

Here are a few more amazing quotes from Sir Winston Churchill…

  1. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
  2. If you’re going through hell, keep going.
  3. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
  4. To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.
  5. I never ‘worry’ about action, but only about inaction.
  6. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
  7. You will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to shy a stone at every dog that barks.
  8. One always measures friendships by how they show up in bad weather.
  9. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
  10. For myself I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
  11. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
  12. The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
  13. To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.
  14. Nourish your hopes, but do not overlook realities.
  15. You must look at facts, because they look at you.
  16. It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
  17. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
  18. I have in my life concentrated more on self-expression than self-denial.
  19. You never can tell whether bad luck may not after all turn out to be good luck.
  20. The true guide of life is to do what is right.
  21. Things are not always right because they are hard, but if they are right one must not mind if they are also hard.
  22. I like things to happen, and if they don’t happen I like to make them happen.
  23. You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success.

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Famous Freemason Quotes – Benjamin Franklin

Famous Freemason Quotes – Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was one of the leading figures of early American history.  He was a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor, and diplomat.

Ben Franklin was born into a Boston family of modest means when Massachusetts was still a colony of England. Franklin had little formal education.

He went on to start a successful printing business in Philadelphia and grew wealthy. Franklin was deeply active in public affairs in his adopted city, where he helped launch a lending library, hospital, and college and garnered acclaim for his experiments with electricity, among other projects.

During the American Revolution, he served in the Second Continental Congress and helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He also negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War (1775-83). In 1787, in his final significant act of public service, he was a delegate to the convention that produced the U.S. Constitution.

Here are some famous quotes from Ben Franklin

  1. “Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.” – Benjamin Franklin from the year 1756
  2. “He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” – quote from 1739
  3. “There never was a good war or a bad peace.” – quote from B Franklin from between  July 1783 & September 1783.
  4. “He that lies down with Dogs, shall rise up with fleas.” – quote from 1733
  5. “Better slip with foot than tongue.” – Ben Franklin from 1734
  6. “Look before, or you’ll find yourself behind.”- 1735
  7. “Don’t throw stones at your neighbors, if your own windows are glass.”- Ben Franklin, 1736
  8. “He that would live in peace & at ease, Must not speak all he knows or judge all he sees.”- 1736
  9. “Well done is better than well said.”- 1737
  10. “A right Heart exceeds all.” Benjamin Franklin from 1739
  11. “What you seem to be, be really.” –  1744
  12. “A true Friend is the best Possession.”- Benjamin Franklin, 1744
  13. “No gains without pains.” – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1745
  14. “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander Time; for that’s the Stuff Life is made of.”- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1746
  15. “Lost Time is never found again.”- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1747
  16. “When you’re good to others, you’re best to yourself.”- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1748
  17. “Pardoning the Bad, is injuring the Good.”- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1748
  18. “Hide not your Talents, they for Use were made. What’s a Sun-Dial in the shade!”- 1750
  19. “Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended.”- 1750
  20. “What more valuable than Gold? Diamonds. Than Diamonds? Virtue.”- 1751
  21. “Haste makes Waste.”- 1753
  22. “Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices.”- 1738
  23. “It is better to take many Injuries than to give one.”- 1735
  24. “Wish not so much to live long as to live well.”- 1738
  25. “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” – Benjamin Franklin
  26. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
  27. “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move. ”
  28. “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”
  29. “You only have the right to pursue happiness; you have to catch it yourself.” ― Ben Franklin
  30. “He that speaks much, is much mistaken.”
  31. “The best way to see faith is to shut the eye of Reason.”

What did Benjamin Franklin invent?

Benjamin Franklin’s had a very long list of inventions which includes but is not limited to:

  • bifocals
  • the lightning rod
  • the glass armonica
  • a library chair
  • swim fins
  • a long-reach device
  • the Franklin stove
  • the catheter

Here are some more amazing and powerful Benjamin Franklin quotes to enjoy reading…

  1. “He that can have patience can have what he will.”
  2. “Honesty is the best policy.” –Benjamin Franklin
  3. “Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.”
  4. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
  5. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin
  6. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
  7. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
  8. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”
  9. “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”― Benjamin Franklin
  10. “When you are finished changing, you’re finished.”
  11. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
  12. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”― Benjamin Franklin
  13. “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”
  14. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
  15. “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”
  16. “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
  17.  “The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.”
  18. “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.”
  19. “Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his.”― Benjamin Franklin
  20. “Well done is better than well said.”
  21. “He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”
  22. “Don’t cry over spilled milk”
  23. “Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.”

What else is Benjamin Franklin known for?

  • He is credited with discovering the Gulf Stream.
  • He started the first volunteer fire company in Philadelphia.
  • He helped create the first subscription library in the Colonies, called the Library Company of Philadelphia.
  • He bought the struggling Pennsylvania Gazette and made it profitable.
  • The famous “JOIN, or DIE.” political cartoon, which was published in the Gazette on May 9, 1754, has been attributed to Franklin.
  • His testimony helped repeal the Stamp Act in 1766.
  • He was a vocal opponent of slavery and served as president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.

Here a bunch more Benjamin Franklin Quotes…

  1.  “Never confuse motion with action.”
  2.  “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
  3. “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
  4.  “When you’re testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet.”
  5. “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”
  6. “To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends.”
  7. “One today is worth two tomorrows.”
  8. “A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.” ― Benjamin Franklin
  9. “To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.”
  10. “Speak little, do much.”
  11.  “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
  12. “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.”
  13. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
  14.  “Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.”― Benjamin Franklin
  15. “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”
  16. “If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.” ― Benjamin Franklin
  17. “Security without liberty is called prison.”
  18. “Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.”
  19. “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”
  20. “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Benjamin Franklin Life in Freemasonry

Ben Franklin held a deep respect for the institution of Freemasonry and the Freemason Brothers. In a letter to his mother, he explained his trust of Freemasons, “I assured her that they are in general a very harmless sort of people, and have no principles or practices that are inconsistent with religion and good manners.”

He respected the teaching of the fraternity and the way his brothers practiced them with the peaceful ways in which tried to live their lives through strong morals, and dedication to self-betterment. He also liked the fraternity having a requirement for a belief in God. Benjamin Franklin possessed a strong faith in God.

He wrote, “Scripture assures me, that at the last Day, we shall not be examin’d what we thought, but what we did; and our Recommendation will not be that we said Lord, Lord, But that we did Good to our Fellow Creatures.”

Here is a brief chronology of Benjamin Franklin’s Life in Freemasonry:

1731: Brother Benjamin Franklin was ‘made’ a Freemason when he joined St. John’s Lodge in Philadelphia

1734: Right Worshipful Benjamin Franklin was elected the Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

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Famous Freemason Quotes – George Washington

Famous Freemason Quotes – George Washington

America’s most famous Freemason, George Washington was initiated in 1752, in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  George Washington was a founding father of the United States of America, it’s first President, and led the military forces against the British.  He is best remembered as the President that stepped down to allow after his term of office was completed to allow another to be elected as the President of the USA.

Here are some famous and a few less famous quotes of a famous Master Mason named George Washington:

  1. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”― George Washington
  2. “It is better to be alone than in bad company.”
  3. “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
  4. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”
  5. “But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.”
  6. “A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
  7. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appellation. ”
  8. “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”― George Washington
  9. “In politics as in philosophy, my tenets are few and simple. The leading one of which, and indeed that which embraces most others, is to be honest and just ourselves and to exact it from others, meddling as little as possible in their affairs where our own are not involved. If this maxim was generally adopted, wars would cease and our swords would soon be converted into reap hooks and our harvests be more peaceful, abundant, and happy.”
  10. “Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”― George Washington
  11. “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
  12. “99% of failures come from people who make excuses.” ― George Washington
  13. “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”
  14. “There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”
  15. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”
  16. “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”
  17. “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”
  18. “Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.”― George Washington
  19. “Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.”
  20. “A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.”
  21. “Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.”― George Washington
  22. “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession. ”― George Washington
  23. “the harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”
  24. “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.”― George Washington, George Washington’s Farewell Address
  25. “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”― George Washington
  26. “The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.”
  27. “As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.”
  28. “I regret exceedingly that the disputes between the protestants and Roman Catholics should be carried to the serious alarming height mentioned in your letters. Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause, and I was not without hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy of the present age would have put an effectual stop to contentions of this kind.

Who was George Washington?

As stated earlier George Washington was commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War (1775-83) and served two terms as the first U.S. president, from 1789 to 1797.

He was the son of a prosperous planter, Washington was raised in colonial Virginia. As a young man, he worked as a surveyor then fought in the French and Indian War (1754-63).

During the American Revolution, he led the colonial forces to victory over the British and became a national hero. In 1787, he was elected president of the convention that wrote the U.S. Constitution. Two years later, Washington became America’s first president.

Realizing that the way he handled the job would impact how future presidents approached the position, he handed down a legacy of strength, integrity and national purpose. Less than three years after leaving office, he died at his Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon, at age 67.

More famous quotes from George Washington…

  1. “Let your conversation be without malice or envy, for it is a sign of a tractable and commendable nature; and in all cases of passion admit reason to govern.”
  2. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
  3. “Every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more, that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome.”― George Washington, George Washington’s Farewell Address
  4. “If the cause is advanced, indifferent is it to me where or in what quarter it happens.”
  5. “The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.”
  6. “A man ought not to value himself of his achievements or rare qualities of wit, much less of his riches, virtue or kindred.”
  7. “It is of infinite moment, that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the Palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion, that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.”― George Washington, George Washington’s Farewell Address
  8. “For myself the delay may be compared with a reprieve; for in confidence I assure you, with the world it would obtain little credit that my movements to the chair of Government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution: so unwilling am I, in the evening of a life nearly consumed in public cares, to quit a peaceful abode for an Ocean of difficulties, without that competency of political skill, abilities and inclination which is necessary to manage the helm.”
  9. “the great mass of our Citizens require only to understand matters rightly, to form right decisions.”
  10. “Men may speculate as they will; they may talk of patriotism; they may draw a few examples from ancient story, of great achievements performed by its influence; but whoever builds upon it, as a sufficient Basis for conducting a long and bloody War, will find themselves deceived in the end. We must take the passions of Men as Nature has given them, and those principles as a guide which are generally the rule of Action. I do not mean to exclude altogether the Idea of Patriotism. I know it exists, and i know it has done much in the present Contest. But I will venture to assert, that a great and lasting War can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of Interest or some reward. For a time, it may, of itself push Men to Action; to bear much, to encounter difficulties; but it will not endure unassisted by Interest.”
  11. “Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest.”― George Washington
  12. “There might, Gentlemen, be an impropriety in my taking notice, in this Address to you, of an anonymous production, but the manner in which that performance has been introduced to the army, the effect it was intended to have, together with some other circumstances, will amply justify my observations on the tendency of that Writing. With respect to the advice given by the Author, to suspect the Man, who shall recommend moderate measures and longer forbearance, I spurn it, as every Man, who regards liberty, and reveres that justice for which we contend, undoubtedly must; for if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.”
  13. “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”
  14. “Its good to live alone than to live in a bad company”― George Washington
  15. “The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts. For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes. But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility, are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding and preserving the union of the whole.”― George Washington, George Washington’s Farewell Address
  16. “Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad Company.”
  17. “The nation which indulges toward another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to it animosity or two its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and it’s interest.”
  18. “Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life. (Address to Congress on Resigning Commission Dec 23, 1783)”
  19. “I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.”― George Washington

George Washington’s Known Masonic History…

George Washington joined the Masonic Lodge in Fredericksburg, Virginia, at the age of twenty in 1752. During the War for Independence, General Washington attended Masonic celebrations and religious observances in several states. He also supported Masonic lodges that formed within army regiments.

At his first inauguration in 1791, President Washington took his oath of office on a Bible from St. John’s Lodge in New York. During his two terms, he visited Masons in North and South Carolina and presided over the cornerstone-laying ceremony for the U.S. Capitol in 1793.

In retirement, Washington became charter Master of the newly chartered Alexandria Lodge № 22, sat for a portrait in his Masonic regalia, and in death, was buried with Masonic honors.

Such was Washington’s character, that from almost the day he took his Masonic obligations until his death, he became the same man in private that he was in public. In Masonic terms, he remained “a just and upright Mason.” Brother Washington was, in Masonic terms, a “living stone” who became the cornerstone of American civilization.

Here is the known chronology of George Washington’s Documented Masonic Activities

This chronology contains only those that are documented by letters, lodge minutes, objects, or other artifacts in which George Washington is on record for.

September 1st – 1752: This is the first recorded meeting of the Masonic Lodge at Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

November 4th – 1752: George Washington is ‘Made’ a Freemason by being initiated an Entered Apprentice Freemason (First Degree) in the Lodge at Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Lodge records show he paid 2 pounds, 3 shillings and no pence when he joined.

March 3rd – 1753: Brother George Washington is ‘Passed’ to the Degree of Fellow Craft Freemason (Second Degree) in the Lodge at Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

August 4th – 1753: Brother George Washington is ‘Raised’ to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason (Third Degree) in the Lodge at Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

September 1st – 1753: Brother George Washington attends the Lodge at Fredericksburg.

January 4th – 1755: Brother George Washington attends the Lodge at Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

December 28th – 1778: Brother George Washington attends the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s Feast of St. John the Evangelist service at Christ Church (Anglican).

June 24th – 1779: Brother George Washington attended a meeting at the West Point, New York, American Union Lodge’s minute books record Gen. Washington attending St. John the Baptist celebration.

December 27th – 1779: Brother George Washington attended a meeting at American Union Lodge’s minute books record Washington attending St. John the Evangelist celebration at Morristown, New Jersey.

March 23rd – 1782: Brother George Washington receives a letter with an embroidered silk Masonic apron from Elkanah Watson (an American) and Francis Corentin Cossoul (a Frenchman) two commercial agents in Nantes, France.

Masonic scholars agree that it is generally accepted that Washington wore this apron at the 1793 U.S. Capitol cornerstone ceremony.

Further, Masonic scholars and historians agree that in 1812, Lawrence Lewis, Washington’s nephew, gave it to Alexandria-Washington Lodge № 22, Alexandria, Virginia. The apron remains in the lodge’s vault within the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

August 10th – 1782: Brother George Washington writes a reply letter to Watson and Cossoul, acknowledging the Masonic apron.

December 27th – 1782: The Solomon’s Lodge № 1, Poughkeepsie, New York, official minutes record Washington attending the lodge’s St. John the Evangelist celebration.

December 26th – 1783: A letter from Alexandria Lodge № 39, Alexandria, Virginia, congratulating Washington on his happy homecoming and inviting him to attend St. John the Evangelist’s Day celebration.

December 28th – 1783: Brother George Washington writes a reply letter that respectfully declines the invitation to the Master and Wardens of Alexandria Lodge № 39.

June 19th – 1784: Brother George Washington writes a letter accepting the invitation from Alexandria Lodge № 39, to attend St. John the Baptist Day celebration.

June 24th – 1784: Brother George Washington attends Alexandria Lodge № 39 Feast of St. John the Baptist Day and is elected to receive an honorary membership from the lodge.

At some point between August 17th to 29th  -1784: Brother Lafayette visits Mount Vernon and he presented Brother Washington with a Masonic Apron.

January 21st – 1785: A group of Freemasons in Newport, Rhode Island send a letter and an address to Washington seeking support to regain lodge charter. There is no record of a written reply was returned by Brother George Washington.

February 12th – 1785: Brother George Washington records in his diary that he walked in the Masonic funeral procession of Brother William Ramsay, Alexandria Lodge № 39, Alexandria, Virginia.

Sometime between January to March in 1788: A committee is formed from Alexandria Lodge № 39 to visit with Brother George Washington at Mount Vernon. This committee asks him to serve as “Charter Master” of the lodge as it seeks to move from under the authority of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and be re-chartered by the Grand Lodge of Virginia. Brother George Washington agrees.

April 28th – 1788:  The Grand Master of Masons in Virginia – Edmund Randolph, grants a charter to Alexandria Lodge as the twenty-second lodge in Virginia. The charter names George Washington as the lodge’s Worshipful Master. This charter is still in use by Alexandria-Washington Lodge № 22.

December 20th – 1788: Worshipful George Washington is re-elected Master of Alexandria Lodge № 22 for one year: 27 December 1788 to December 27, 1789.

March 7th – 1789: The officers and members of Holland Lodge 8, New York, send a letter to Worshipful George Washington informing him of his election as an honorary member and enclosing a membership certificate.

April 30th – 1789: In New York City, George Washington is inaugurated President of the United States using a Bible from St. John’s Lodge № 1. The oath is administered by Chancellor and Grand Master of New York, Robert R. Livingston. Inaugural Bible owned by St. John’s Lodge № 1, New York, New York.

August 17th – 1790: The King David’s Lodge № 1 of Newport, Rhode Island, official minutes record a unanimous resolution to present Worshipful George Washington a Masonic letter and address. Letter and address drafted, approved and delivered to Washington.

August 22th – 1790: Worshipful George Washington replies to King David’s Lodge № 1, Newport Rhode Island, stating in part: “. . . I shall always be happy to advance the interests of the Society, and to be considered by them as a deserving brother.”

April 20th – 1791:

  • A welcome address is delivered to Worshipful George Washington from officers of St. John’s Lodge № 2, New Bern, North Carolina.
  • Worshipful George Washington delivers a reply to St. John’s Lodge № 2, New Bern, North Carolina.

April 30th – 1791: A welcome address is delivered to Worshipful George Washington from Georgetown Lodge № 16, Georgetown, South Carolina.

April 31st – 1791: Worshipful George Washington delivers a reply to Prince George Lodge № 19, Georgetown, South Carolina.

May 2nd  – 1791: Worshipful George Washington is greeted by Grand Master of South Carolina, Mordecai Gist and is given a letter, Charleston, South Carolina.

May 4th – 1791: Worshipful George Washington delivers a reply to Grand Master Gist and Grand Lodge of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina.

May 14th – 1791:

  • Washington is greeted by Grand Master of Georgia – George Houston and is given a letter, Savannah, Georgia.
  • Washington replies to Grand Master Houston and Grand Lodge of Georgia, Savannah, Georgia.

January 2nd – 1792:  A letter written by the Rev. Dr. William Smith from the “Ancient York Masons” of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, was delivered in person to Worshipful George Washington at his house in Philadelphia.

January 3rd – 1792: Worshipful George Washington replies to the “Ancient York Masons” of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

December 27th – 1792:  The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts  – Grand Master John Cutler and other grand lodge officers send a letter and enclose a copy of its newly published Grand Constitutions to Worhsipful George Washington.

January 22nd – 1793: Worshipful George Washington replies to Grand Lodge of Massachusetts’ letter and its Grand Constitutions.

August 29th – 1793:

  • Letter from the Master and officers of Alexandria Lodge № 22, Alexandria, Virginia to Pres. Washington requesting he sit for portrait artist William Williams.
  • Worshipful George Washington did sit for the portrait and it was completed in September 1793.
  • William Williams’ portrait of Washington wearing Masonic jewel, sash and apron is displayed in the Replica Lodge Room of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia.

September 18th – 1793:

  • The cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol is laid by three Masonic Lodges, Potomac Lodge № 9 and Federal Lodge № 15, under the Grand Lodge of Maryland, and Alexandria Lodge № 22, under the Grand Lodge of Virginia with Worshipful George Washington presiding as “Acting Master” of the ceremony with the title of President of the United States.
  • Items Used at the Cornerstone Ceremony:
    • Silver Trowel with Ivory handle made by John Duffy owned by Alexandria-Washington Lodge № 22, Alexandria, Virginia.
    • Wood T-Square and Level own by Alexandria-Washington Lodge № 22, Alexandria, Virginia.
    • Marble Gavel with wood handle, made by John Duffy owned by Potomac Lodge № 5, Washington D.C.
    • Masonic Scholars and Historians agree that Washington wore the Watson-Cassoul apron sent to him in 1783 to the ceremony. In 1812, Lawrence Lewis, nephew of Washington, gave it to Alexandria-Washington Lodge № 22, Alexandria, Virginia where it remains today.

December 27th – 1796: The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania delivers a letter and congratulatory address, written by the Rev. Dr. William Smith, to Worshipful George Washington at his house in Philadelphia.

December 28th – 1796: Worshipful Washington replies to Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

March 21st – 1797: The Grand Master of Massachusetts – Paul Revere and its officers send a congratulatory letter to Worshipful Washington.

March 28th – 1797: At Mount Vernon, Worshipful George Washington receives a Masonic delegation of Dennis Ramsay and Phillip G. Marsteller of Alexandria Lodge № 22, with an address and invitation to dine with the lodge.

April 1st – 1797: Worshipful George Washington dines with Alexandria Lodge № 22 and presents a reply to the lodge’s address.

November 5th – 1798: While visiting Baltimore, Worshipful Washington receives William Belton, the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maryland, the Deputy Grand Master and other brethren, who hand-deliver a letter and a gift of the Grand Lodge of Maryland’s 1797 edition of George Keatinge’s The Maryland Ahiman Rezon of Free and Accepted Masons, (Grand Constitutions).

November 8th – 1798: Worshipful George Washington replies to William Belton, who is the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maryland.

December 18th – 1799:

  • Worshipful George Washington is buried at Mount Vernon with Anglican Christian Burial Rite accompanied by a Masonic funeral ceremony conducted by members of Alexandria Lodge № 22.
  • The Bible used at Washington’s funeral is owned by Federal Lodge № 1, Washington, D.C.

January 11th – 1800: John Warren, Grand Master, and other officers of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts send a letter conveying the sorrow and sympathy to Martha Washington on the death of her husband, and requesting a lock of his hair as “an invaluable relique of the Hero and Patriot . . . ”

January 27th  – 1800:

  • Washington’s private secretary, Tobias Lear, replies for Martha Washington to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts thanking them for their sympathy and support and enclosing a lock of Pres. Washington’s hair.
  • The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts keeps the lock of hair in a gold urn made by Paul Revere in 1800.

Thank you for reading this brief Masonic documented history of Brother George Washington. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as the Freemasonry Report has researched it.

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Can I wear a Freemason Ring as an Entered Apprentice or FellowCraft?

Can I wear a Freemason Ring as an Entered Apprentice or FellowCraft?

Well, the answer is maybe. Yes, maybe. Why? Well, the Worshipful Master in your lodge has the final say on if and when you are allowed to wear a masonic symbol prior to being raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason.  Now, keep in mind that this may vary from Grand Lodge to Grand Lodge and Blue Lodge to Blue Lodge.

Is an Entered Apprentice or Fellowcraft considered a Brother in Freemasonry?

Yes, you are a brother in the brotherhood of Freemasonry.  But keep in mind, you are still learning the ropes of the organization and from time to time, local lodges create unique traditions within their lodge.  It is important to ask these questions prior to getting started.  I suggest you always check the rules of your respective jurisdiction.  Most Grand Lodges have a website with these rules readily available to new brothers to review. If you can not find it, just call up your lodge secretary to start the conversation.

Are there rules for wearing a Masonic Ring?

The rules vary from Grand Lodge to Grand Lodge. Some have a generalized rule regarding the paraphernalia is that you can only display what you’ve earned, while others don’t. In some cases, an Entered Apprentice or Fellowcraft is confronted with being quite limited in their options. During my time, in the 1st and 2nd degree of the fraternity, I felt no need to wear a ring or show off my status as a Freemason.  It seemed to be something I wanted to reserve for my achieving my Master Mason Degree. Most Freemasons, I know personally have waited until they are raised before investing in jewelry.  This is typically the respected path for earning the respect of your local brothers. If you look at Freemasonry as a lifelong commitment, it does not feel like a big deal to wait until you’ll have learned what the symbols mean during the Master Mason degree. As a 3rd Degree Mason, you are the highest rank in the fraternity, thus you are entitled to all the rights and privileges of a Master Mason.

Most everyone in the fraternity and those not in the fraternity is aware that the square and compasses are a big identifiable image of our fraternity. Most lodges have it on their building and their letterhead too because it is the most common and recognizable symbol of the Fraternity. Most of the time, the square and compasses are worn with pride by many Master Masons.

Is a 1st or 2nd Degree Entitled to wear a Masonic ring?

Yes, unless told otherwise. Any 1st or 2nd Degree Mason can wear a ring of an Entered Apprentice or Fellowcraft.  He should think twice about wearing the Master Mason symbol prior to being raised as one.  As a brother, you are entitled to display the Square & Compasses of the rank you currently hold. Many brothers have rings for various degrees and it is not uncommon to find these rings because a brother holds the teachings close to his heart.

Is a family member of a Freemason entitled to wear a Masonic ring?

No, unless he has been made a Mason.  Remember just because your father, grandfather, brother, uncle, or son have been made a Mason doesn’t entitle you to wear any Masonic emblems.

Any local Freemason(s) may see it as an insult. Some may test you on the spot, while others will ask you to kindly remove the ring and to return to your family member. If you are lucky, that Freemason will have a conversation with you and help you learn “how to ask” to earn the right to wear the ring.

Unfortunately, if your family member learns of you are being a faker in the community. I guess it is best to have to answer to them about your actions. I know I would not ever want to embarrass my dad publicly. I also know I would not look forward to having to answer my actions to him either.

In our current environment, so many Freemasons have strong emotions on this, it would be wise not to wear your family member’s Masonic jewelry. Keep in mind, that many Freemasons worked hard to earn the right to wear the emblem. The ring was never meant to be a fashion statement. It represents the teachings of the degrees and that a man has been made, passed, and raised in our fraternity. The emblem is way to remember our obligations and promises to the fraternity.

Is an operative Mason entitled to wear a Masonic ring?

Yes but keep in mind, it doesn’t represent the Speculative Masonic Fraternity. He or she is a literal Mason, but not a Freemason. So, they could but it is very rare to see a man or woman who is working with their hands daily to wear such a fine piece of jewelry. It would most likely be damaged or lost based on their labors.

What is the Grand Lodge’s mindset of a brother wearing a Freemason Ring?

Depending on your Grand Lodge, you may be part of a conservative or liberal Masonic Grand Lodge. Please note, this can evolve from one Grand Master to the next. So don’t be surprised if you may receive a very different answer from one year to the next.

Ask your sitting Worshipful Master.
Being new to the fraternity, it is best to ask the sitting Worshipful Master of the lodge. He will inform you of his decision based on the annual communications of the Grand Lodge. The rulings and decisions of the Grand Lodge are final and if anything is set in the Grand Lodge Masonic Law then it needs to be enforced. Only the Grand Master can interpret the Masonic Law and give direction to his District Deputy(s) and Worshipful Master(s) on this topic if need be. If there is nothing written in the Masonic Law of the Grand Lodge, then a particular lodge’s Worshipful Master can determine to allow to wear an Entered Apprentice (1st Degree Mason) or a Fellowcraft (2nd Degree mason) to be allowed to wear a ring or simply deny such a request.

Just remember that your Worshipful Master has only the best interest of the overall fraternity in his heart. So, if you do approach him with any request, keep in mind his answer is mostly for what is in the best interest of the Craft.

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Why do Freemasons wear white aprons?

Why do Freemasons wear white aprons?

Freemasons wear a white apron to represent themselves as Mason in a stated communication at Blue Lodge.  The color white comes from the lamb skin material in which it was made from.  Entered Apprentices, Fellowcraft, and Master Masons wear their aprons in a different way to signify their rank in the fraternity. A Master Mason can be buried wearing their apron at his death as well.

What is the history of the white apron?

Originally, the apron was worn by Operative Masons to protect themselves from rough stones and tools. As the fraternity evolved into a more speculative society where men free born and of lawful age could join the Freemasons. The Masonic Apron essentially was kept to remember the workmen of our origins. These days the ‘white leather apron’ is a badge of fraternal brotherhood and reminder of the lessons in the 3 degrees of Freemasonry. It should serve as a reminder to Master Masons that regularly sit in lodge or not of their obligations (or commitments they had promised) to uphold the values and brotherly love within the Craft.

Traditional White Lambskin ApronThe Masonic Lambskin Apron to most brothers within the fraternity. But, a good debate can be had for the Gavel and other meaningful symbols found in Freemasonry. But I must say, this is a more publicly known and seen symbol of the fraternity versus what is discussed in the degrees.  So it is a fun debate to listen if it is the greatest symbol of Masonic tradition and history.

When the fraternity started to establish Grand Lodges, the founding brothers of these Grand Lodges adopted the working tools and traditions of the operative stonemasons. According to Masonic research, the original aprons worn by operative masons were made of leather and large enough to cover the wearer from chest to ankles. But, the speculative brethren of that era were not engaged in stone-masonry but other industries. Some brothers were printers, clergy, royalty, merchants, and so on.

Therefore, they kept the traditional items of a operative masonic lodge and the importance of how to identify a traveling mason between building projects. Among them was the protective apron, which operative masons wore as they worked and traveled to find new work. When a traveling operative Mason would come to a lodge in a new town – his apron was his way of first showing his skill level and what he kind masonry he specialized to the other Masons in the town.  So, yes the Masonic Lambskin Apron has a rich history of first being more of an utilitarian leather apron in it’s earliest days of usage.  Now, the brothers keep the apron and include what it symbolizes to them today.

That brings us back to the first Grand Lodges that were formed and made the apron into the smaller modern style aprons we see around the internet today. But, each Grand Lodge adopted it’s own version of the apron.  Some Grand Lodge added colors to the apron to represent the Grand Lodge officers and other symbols to represent a brother service to the craft. As Freemasonry continued to establish new Grand Lodges in new parts of the world, the individual newer Grand Lodges began adopting new things to adorn their jurisdictions aprons with symbols and ribbons for the brethren in that Grand Lodge jurisdiction.

What symbols can be found on a Masonic Apron?

As stated earlier, over the course of time, the Masonic apron has evolved. From the original utilitarian garment of a operative stonemason to the current day speculative Masonic symbolic garment used today.  The officer positions of a blue lodge can be found on the aprons as well as the symbol of a Master Mason on others. The Master Mason symbol is generally worn by brothers that are not yet Past Masters but have been raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason and are not currently serving the craft as an officer.

Okay before I continue, it is so important to mention that the explanation coming up is from my experiences of Freemasonry based in the Southern United States of America. I know that Freemasonry is an international brotherhood of men and that there are so many Grand Lodges with minor differences when it comes to aprons that this explanation may vary based on the reader’s Masonic Grand Lodge jurisdiction.  So if your Masonic Apron style is so radically different – feel free to share that with me at the Freemasonry Report’s official Facebook Page anytime you want.  I love hearing from my readers and hearing about your Grand Lodge’s rich history.

Now let’s talk about the look of a Master Mason Apron:

Blue and White Deluxe Master Mason ApronAt the time of the formation of the Grand Lodge of England, the Master Mason’s apron was white. Why did they want the color of a Master Mason Apron to be white only?  Due to the preservation of its symbolic character, the apron should always be pure white and clean without an stains on it. A clean white apron is of course agreed upon by most all Freemason as being an emblem of innocence and purity in the Masonic movement. But your Grand Lodge’s first three degrees would only truly give you a full explanation of the aprons meaning.

A Master Mason apron should always be made out of lambskin, yet that is not always the case. I have seen linen, satin, plastic leather and other substitutions for lambskin in my Masonic travels over the last number of years.

Blue and White Simple Master Mason Apron

Being a Freemason based in Florida, my experience has been that online you can find various qualities of aprons to purchase. But, if you are not certain what your Grand Lodge allows in reference to other materials – just call them and ask. Some Grand Lodges are strict and do not allow any other material to worn, such as linen, silk, satin, or etc.  Why? There is a debate that it could be harm the emblematic character of the apron.

On some Master Mason aprons you will find a blue fringe. This blue fringe generally surrounds the white leather center, is a constant reminder of the universality of Freemasonry. It is to remain Freemasons of the unbroken bond of friendship and Brotherly Love which exists in the fraternity. But again, you should review the documents of your Grand Lodge to determine if that meaning is actually true in your jurisdiction.  Many Freemason authors have penned some amazing poems, myths, stories, and presentations for our enjoyment. But, unfortunately numerous merchants online have taken this as fact, which at times is not always the case.

Simple Master Mason Apron

When does a Freemason earn his Lambskin Apron?

During his first degree, each Mason is given a plain white leather apron, it represents the white lambskin, a symbol of innocence.  A Freemason’s labor of building his life in a good upright way starts early in his Masonic career and continues until his death.

Thus, a new Entered Apprentice receives a white apron upon being made a Mason in the Lodge. This apron helps to remind the brothers of the fraternity that we as being good men are expected to pursue always becoming better in that brother’s life as a Freemason. This apron is always to be cherished by the brother and a honor to have ownership of for his entire life.

 

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What is the difference between ancient and modern Freemasons?

What is the difference between ancient and modern Freemasons?

Let’s Start at the beginning…

In June 24, 1717, the Premier Grand Lodge of England was established as the ‘Grand Lodge of London and Westminster’. It was focused on supplying Freemasonry to the London and Westminster areas in England.  It is important to note that this Grand Lodge is the oldest known in the country of England, therefore it soon became known as the Grand Lodge of England. The Grand Lodge was founded on St John The Baptist’s Feast Day when four existing lodges met at the Goose and Gridiron Alehouse in London.

During 1717, four Blue Lodges came together in London and formed the first Grand Lodge. Most of the members of these lodges were Operative Masons; in fact, only one of the lodges had a majority of its members being Speculative which were meeting at the Rummer and Grapes.

In 1723, a long introduction of tracing Freemasonry back to biblical times was implemented via “The Book of Constitutions”. It included a set of six “Charges” or Masonic obligations; it expanded version of Payne’s Regulations; it formalized the method of constituting a new lodge. For the first time, all of Freemasonry, except for the ritual, was available in a printed book.

However, though there were groups of Freemasons that trace their roots back to the ideals and morals of the Christian belief system. But not every Freemason were themselves Christians. It is critical to inform you that not all Masons were Christians in that era. So in England, the Grand Lodge had to factions of Brothers – those Christian and those who were not Christian.  Thus it’s historical line was of a non-Christian focus.

In the year 1751, a number of Blue Lodges came together in London to form a rival Grand Lodge. The original Grand Lodge’s members came to dubbed “Moderns” while the latter called themselves “Antients”.  Further, this group of unaffiliated lodges of mainly Irish membership formed the Grand Committee of what would become the Most Ancient and Honourable Society of Free and Accepted Masons according to the Old Constitutions, now known as the ‘Ancients’ or ‘Antients’.   Because it was the first Masonic Grand Lodge to be created, it called itself the Premier Grand Lodge of England in order to distinguish it from the Most Ancient and Honourable Society of Free and Accepted Masons according to the Old Constitutions.

Who assisted in coming up with the names – Moderns and Ancients?

Laurence Dermott, who was the Grand Secretary & the Deputy Grand Master of the ‘Ancients’, helped the terms stick in our Masonic history. But be aware, the original Grand Lodge was already referred to as the “Moderns”, and Dermott made sure that it stuck when he was serving as the Deputy Grand Master. In 1756, Dermott published his version of the Book of Constitutions ensuring his own Grand Lodge becoming known to history as the Ancients.

Did you know, that Dermott originally affiliated with a ‘Moderns’ lodge around 1752, but left it to join one of the unaffiliated Irish lodges?

It is important to note that the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge was to be a member of the Nobility. This nobleman would serve as their sponsor and serve as their spokesmen in high places.

Once a member of the Aristocracy/Nobility was chosen as Grand Master, it set in motion a chain of events that lead to the beginning of the much talked about disagreement.  The Grand Master was a member of the nobility and naturally associated with his class equals.  He further tended to fill his Masonic leadership appointments in the Grand Lodge with other aristocrats. Thus, Laurence Dermott, which was a successful wine merchant in England at the time, was the Deputy Grand Master and effectively ran the Grand Lodge.

It is thanks to Dermott that the United Grand Lodge, as it currently stands, inherits the infrastructure of the Moderns, but takes its ritual from the Ancients.

Why was there a disagreement or Schism in Freemasonry at that time?

Unfortunately, this class structure at that time was very inflexible. The thinking during that era was that no man would set aside any of his God-given rights and prerogatives of his nobility. The Christian Freemasons, known as the ‘Ancients’ or ‘Antients’ and the ‘Moderns’ never claimed a Christian heritage but instead had set up lodges that promoted values other than those espoused in Christianity.

Anderson’s Constitutions was published in 1723, by Presbyterian Church Minister and four deacons of Huguenot church. Thus, this became one of the founding documents of Freemasonry and was regularly printed in pocket-sized versions for the brothers of that era.  Anderson’s 1723 constitutions book only recognized the grades of Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft/Master. Later, Demott wrote the ‘Ahiman Rezon’ as the ‘ancients’ version of the Book of Constitutions as a way to retain the traditions of Freemasonry in its purest form.

Thus a feud amount the Freemasons of that era quickly erupted.  As time progressed, both “Ancient” and “Modern” Freemasons struggled to overcome this ideology and return to a more pure form fraternal-ism that is represented in the modern-day degree work.

So what were the differences in the two Freemasons Grand Lodge’s Book of Constitutions based on?

Here are the main points of difference between the ‘Antients’ and ‘Moderns’, as defined by the ‘Antients’ which can be easily summed up with the following:

  1. Transposing the modes of recognition in the First and Second Degrees
  2. Omitting prayers
  3. De-Christianizing the ritual, which the ‘Antients’ pointed to the ‘Anderson’s Constitutions of 1733’ as proof
  4. Ignoring the Saints’ Days, the ‘Moderns’ were being pointed as holding their festivals on days that were not the days of St. John.
  5. Omitting to prepare Candidates in the customary fashion
  6. Abbreviating the ritual work
  7. Neglecting the lectures and the catechisms that were attached to each degree
  8. Ceasing to recite the Ancient Charges at Initiations of new Brothers
  9. Introducing extreme plainness and simplicity of style into the ceremonies
  10. Removing the sword in the Initiation ceremony with the exception that the Tyler wore a sword
  11. Allowing a more esoteric ceremony at the installation of a Master to stop being used in the degree work
  12. Departing from the ancient method of arranging the lodge
  13.  Ignoring the Deacon

Two very famous Master Masons who did not adhere to the ‘ancients’ values in the Craft at that time were Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. Believe or not, Benjamin Franklin was buried without being allowed a proper Masonic Funeral due to his secular beliefs as a Modern Mason at that time.

What is the difference between the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons and the Free & Accepted Masons?

From 1751 to 1813, there were two Grand Lodges in England. Both Grand Lodges were issuing charters or warrants empowering Masons to do degree work. Thus both allowed new Masonic Lodges to formed, mainly in the colonies soon to be the United States of America.

The reason for the formation of these two Grand Lodges in England was based on the Schism or disagreement on their written constitutions.

One group of Brother English Masons were dubbed – ‘Moderns’.  Ironically, this group was actually the older British Grand Lodge. The second group of English Freemasons called themselves – ‘Antients’ or ‘Ancients’

The ‘Moderns’ established the “Free & Accepted Masons” and the ‘Antients’ or ‘Ancients’ established the “Ancient Free & Accepted Masons” or “Antient Free & Accepted Masons”.

It should be noted that the disagreement was short-lived.  It went on for 62 years and finally both groups agreed to once again open formal Masonic Communication with each other.  By the year 1813, the disagreement was totally and completely resolved. Also, during that time frame, the two Grand Lodges merged back into one Grand Lodge in England.  Thus the two Grand Lodges  existed until 1813 when the Premier Grand Lodge of England united with the Ancient Grand Lodge of England to create the “United Grand Lodge of England”

But the damage was done because each group spawned their separate Blue Lodges and Provincial Grand Lodges all across the colonies and also after the American Revolution in the United States.

Thankfully, when the merger was complete, the Blue Lodges and Grand Lodges which are set with their own By-Laws and further cemented by their fraternal independence to retain the titles and initials they wished to have selected for themselves when the Grand Lodge was founded. Either as “Ancient Free & Accepted Masons”; “Free & Accepted Masons”; and in some cases some other variation.  This in some cases can be connected to which Grand Lodge was the chartering entity of a particular Blue Lodge, prior to the creation of the new Grand Lodge. But it is important to note, that according to prescription and usage, as adopted in London, in 1717, by and through the Representative System, as practiced on that occasion and adopted by constitutional provisions as binding for all time by the Craft.

If a brother Freemason visits different states, he will find the title on the Blue Lodge and Grand Lodge to read as such. Further, a brother can enjoy hearing a slight difference in the degree work too.

Once a year, a Cave Degree is offered for Brother Masons to visit and sit in a lodge to experience the degree work from other states. Further, they enjoy taking note of the differences in procedures of opening or closing a lodge and how the By-Laws effected that Grand Lodge’s chartered blue lodge in the proper manner.

Today, all the Grand Lodges in the United States treat each other with respect.  Many of the Grand Lodges in the United States are recognized by other regular Grand Lodges in Scotland, England, Thailand, Ireland, India, and other countries in Europe, Africa, and South America.

What states are going by Ancient Free and Accepted Masons?

Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Grand Lodges within the United States are as follows:

Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

What states are going by Free and Accepted Masons?

Free and Accepted Masons Grand Lodges within the United States of America are the following states:

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming

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Do Freemasons worship the devil?

Do Freemasons worship the devil?

Here is the answer to the question “No they don’t.” Most Freemasons are generally Christian, Muslim, or Hebrew which have a belief in the God of the Bible, Koran, or Torah.

Yet, others are Muslim and other religions, we meet as a fraternity, not as a religion. We are taught to love one another. Plus create a society made up of peace and harmony thus to reject evil. Further, Freemasonry is not a church or religion.

Every lodge has an altar with the Bible on it.  Every lodge has a Chaplain which leads the brothers in prayer.  This prayer is non-denominational in nature and is shared at the opening or closing of the meeting.  The opening prayer is done during the flag ceremony which is open to the public to see.  The devil is never mentioned in any prayer. Nor is the name of the devil ever mentioned in a degree or in a meeting either.  Freemasons are not worshiping the devil during the stated communication.

 

Do Freemasons have to take an oath to the devil in the Masonic degrees?

No, Freemasons do not take an oath to the devil in any Masonic Degrees.  The Masonic degrees discuss how to learn to make yourself better so you can go into the world and make the world better. The Masonic degree focus on ethical decision making and understanding life is short so we should attempt to do as much good as we can while we can.  We use symbols to explain and remember the lessons taught in the degrees.

There is no ritual or ceremonial which discuss or directly/indirectly include the devil.  Making the world a better place and a more peaceful place actually go against the teachings of the devil.  The devil wants people to be divided against one another and to fight with each other. The Masons want the opposite and the Masons want everyone to love one another.

How did the devil get associated with the Freemasons?

The devil can first be found in the Morals and Dogma written by Albert Pike.  Brother Albert Pike researched many religions and tried to compile all the lessons of love over the ages.  The Scottish Rite degrees discuss the further ethical lessons and ways love was spread in the past.  The Scottish Rite pulls information from my great books including the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the Kabbalah as well as sacred texts from the far east.  Unfortunately, Brother Pike’s research was not perfect, but no man is perfect, expect the One they nailed to the cross.

Baphomet was mentioned in the book Morals and Dogma.

“Hierogliphically to express this law of prudence, they gave their mercury, personified in Egypt as Hermanubis, a dog’s head; and to their Sulpher, represented by the Baphomet of the Temple, that goat’s head which brought into such disrepute the occult Mediaeval associations.” “The Gnostics held that it composed the igneous body of the Holy Spirit ; and it was adored in the secret rites of the Sabbat or the Temple, under the hieroglyphic figure of Baphomet or the hermaphroditic goat of Mendes.”

Yet, Brother Pike was attempting to explain Egyptian scripture in the book’s chapter.  This chapter was to add more value to the candidate and/or new brother to further educate the life/ethical lessons of the degree.  He termed the Baphomet, “the Goat of Mendes” — confusing it with Banebdjedet, an Ancient Egyptian ram god.  Brother Pike most likely was researching ‘The Book of the Heavenly Cow’ which describes the “Ram of Mendes”.  Unfortunately, this mistake was printed and reprinted for decades.  Which only added to the conspiracy theorists’ excitement to uncover some random and obscure word.

Do the Freemasons have any links to the Church of Satan?

No, this church was formed in the 1960s.  It was created in the United States and adopted the inverted pentagram to become a popular symbol for Satan.  The founders were Oswald Wirth and Maurice Bessy, neither of whom were ever Freemasons. Further, most Freemasons would agree that a satanist can not be made a Mason because the devil is not a God. The devil is simply a fallen angel and is not deity therefore no Satanist can be made a Mason.  There is no link or connection with this organization and Freemasonry.

Further, Freemasonry was formed thousands of years ago by builders.  The church mentioned above is a mere infant compared to the Catholic Church or most major religions in our world.

Do the Higher Degrees in Masonry have any links to the devil?

No. The higher degrees are for honoring the hard work of brothers in the fraternity. Generally, it simply highlights the ethical lessons again for the brothers by introducing leadership ethics in a symbol sense. As a Past Master, which is an honorary type of degree for elected Worshipful Masters to participate in, I have first-hand knowledge that no mention of the devil was directly or indirectly ever made.

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How long does it take to become a Freemason?

How long does it take to become a Freemason?

This is a great question that is wondered by many people around the world.  The answer varies a bit based on the individual and the lodge.  Most times, it take 45 to 60 days. But, depending on the time year the candidate get involved it might take 45 to 120 days unfortunately.

Why does it take so long to be a Freemason?

Well the steps involved to become a Mason is rigorous. From background checks that take a week to interviews with the prospective candidate. Further, the voting to begin the process to have the craft agree to have a new candidate. After, reading the results of the work and read the petition at a meeting. Once this is done, the petition has to wait 30 days to be re-read, and then balloted upon so the candidate’s petition. So this can take at least 45 days when done efficiently and longer if not, which makes the process quite time consuming as well.

Is it worth waiting more than 45 days or more to become a Freemason?

This question plagues me because we live in a world of ‘I want to right now’. The days of patiently waiting are quickly going away. But, my attitude to this type of thinking is simple. This is a lifetime commitment, shouldn’t you be okay with no being rushed into something this important? 45 to 90 days compared to the average age of an adult man – which is 75 years – is nothing.

I try to explain to a new candidate that joining the Freemasons is like going to a 5 Star Restaurant.  When you go to the 5 Star Restaurant you have multiple courses with a waiter dressed in a tuxedo. There are sometimes breaks between the courses for a drink or smoke. Now looking at a fast food drive thru restaurant, this type of place serves you quickly and the food is average. The service is generally done by a student who is not getting paid a premium to give you your food. Most days, they are awaiting the end of their shift with little care to see if you are truly happy with your meal.

So you get what you pay for. If you want an inexpensive and average meal or the ability to join quickly – well maybe another fraternity is better suited for you.  Now if you want to be a Freemason, you are okay with things going at a slower more deliberate pace. Then this fraternity is for you, you probably understand that good things take time to be done well.

 

Explaining the Freemasonry Report

Explaining the Freemasonry Report

I chat with brothers in my lodge meeting regularly and tell them I have a blog that answers some of the more popular questions about Freemasonry.  Some think it is a good idea, others just tell listen, and a few others ask for the website url.  My goal is not promote the website to them.  But, my goal is let them know a new resource is being developed for the fraternity.

As my year as Worshipful Master comes to an end and a much needed break from being an active leader begins.  I think to myself – as a Blue Lodge Master- we added 10 new Master Masons. Which is great but our lodge has 8 brother Masons going NPD.  NPD stands for non payment of dues and it is the second top reason Freemasonry is declining in membership.  The first is deaths.  Literally, elderly brothers are just passing away from old age.  Which means, my year as Master of the Lodge, I have been able to show a small growth in membership of 2 brothers overall.  I

Is that good? The Freemasonry Report is Born.

After thinking about the membership direction versus the population of men over the age of 18 that believe in God.  It is clear to see that the fraternity as a lot of market density it can tap into.  But, the old ways of connecting the fraternity to these men is changing.  More and more men are going to places like Facebook, Google, Bing, Duck Duck Go, Instagram, Twitter, Meetup, and LinkedIn to name a few to find interesting people to become friends with.  So I decided to add a new avenue to connect the fraternity with these men.

How? The Freemasonry Report give you highly detailed answers.

I have been surveying new and veteran brothers of our fraternity to ask them – what they wish they were told prior to joining.  Also, I have researched what people are looking to get answers to about the Freemasons.  By blending these two concepts together, I have created a blog with a YouTube Account to start to answer these questions about the fraternity.  My hope is that Father, Grandfathers, Brothers, Uncles, Nephews, Grandsons, and first time men with no family members in Masonry can learn about the fraternity.

The visitors can refer this website to friends, family, and people they know to get the word out about the fraternity.  My desire is not over success, but a long term positive outcome.  Thank you for reading this blog article and enjoy exploring more of the page and post on this website.

 

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