Rudyard Kipling on Masonry: "the closest thing to a religion that I shall ever know".
The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: a human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him, a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism overpowering necessity to create, create, create - so that without creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.- Pearl Buck
"I never did give anybody hell. I just told truth and they thought it was hell." - Harry S. Truman
archetypal Roman shouldered White Man's Burden, arduous but fabulously profitable task of governing those whom, despite all evidence to contrary, Romans judged incapable of governing themselves." (Lucy Hughes-Hallett from 'Cleopatra')
"[I often get] feeling that very concept of objective truth is fading out of world... I am willing to believe that history is for most part inaccurate and biased, but what is peculiar to our age is abandonment of idea that history could be truthfully written. In past people deliberately lied, or they unconsciously coloured what they wrote, or they struggled after truth, well knowing that they must make many mistakes; but in each case they believed that 'the facts' existed and were more or less discoverable." George Orwell from Looking Back on Spanish War
"... our mode of teaching principles of our profession [Masonry] is derived from Druids ... and our chief emblems originally came from Egypt ..." [William Hutchinson, Mason, The Spirit of Masonry, revised by George Oliver, New York, Bell Publishing, originally published in 1775, p. 195]
Art is a dialogue we have always carried out with unknown. We have come to distinguish contours of unknown through unconscious, through religion and magic and we may soon begin to understand such totally modern emotions as feeling that we belong to future, that our civilization is sum of others. Andre Malraux who was Minister of Propaganda for Merovingian puppet Charles de Gaulle.
"The clergy converted simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves...these clergy, in fact, constitute real Anti-Christ. Thomas Jefferson
I see in near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for safety of my country. As a result of war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and money power of country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon prejudices of people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and Republic is destroyed. - President Abraham Lincoln, 1865
"It was not my intention to doubt that, Doctrines of Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in United States. On contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am... The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate diabolical tenets of first, or pernicious principles of latter (if they are susceptible of seperation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that founder, or instrument employed to found, Democratic Societies in United States, may have had these objects; and actually had a seperation of People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned." The Writings of George Washington from Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799. John C. Fitzpatrick, Editor. Mount Vernon, October 24, 1798.