Albert Pike Quotes

This is a list of my favorite Albert Pike quotes.

Albert Pike was an author and poet who was born on December 29, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States and died on April 2, 1891 in Washington, D.C., United States. Pike was also a lawyer and jurist who actually served as an associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court in exile from 1864 to 1865.

Here are some of the best Albert Pike quotes on faith, war and masonry:

Best Albert Pike Quotes

best Albert Pike quotes

1. One man is equivalent to all Creation. One man is a World in miniature. -Albert Pike

2. Let us drink together, fellows, as we did in days of yore. And still enjoy the golden hours that Fortune has in store; The absent friends remembered be, in all that’s sung or said, And Love immortal consecrate the memory of the dead. -Albert Pike

3. What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. -Albert Pike

4. The sovereignty of one’s self over one’s self is called Liberty. -Albert Pike

5. Pride is not the heritage of man; humility should dwell with frailty, and atone for ignorance, error, and imperfection. -Albert Pike

6. Fictions are necessary for the people, and the Truth becomes deadly to those who are not strong enough to contemplate it in all its brilliance. In fact, what can there be in common between the vile multitude and sublime wisdom? The Truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason. -Albert Pike

7. Strange and mysterious name to give to the spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish souls? Doubt it not! -Albert Pike

8. Virtue is but heroic bravery, to do the thing thought to be true, in spite of all enemies of flesh or spirit, in despite of all temptations or menaces. -Albert Pike

9. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light. -Albert Pike

10. Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet never arriving at the ideal perfection of truth.

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11. Hypocrisy is the homage that vice and wrong pay to virtue and justice. -Albert Pike

12. We seem never to know what any thing means or is worth until we have lost it. -Albert Pike

13. That which we say and do, if its effects last not beyond our lives, is unimportant. -Albert Pike

14. The double law of attraction and radiation or of sympathy and antipathy, of fixedness and movement, which is the principle of Creation, and the perpetual cause of life. -Albert Pike

15. Above all things let us never forget that mankind constitutes one great brotherhood; all born to encounter suffering and sorrow, and therefore bound to sympathize with each other. -Albert Pike

16. We shall unleash the nihilists and the atheists and we shall provoke a great social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to all nations the effect of absolute atheism; the origins of savagery and of most bloody turmoil. -Albert Pike

Albert Pike Masonic Quotes

Albert Pike masonic quotes

17. If, anywhere, brethren of a particular religious belief have been excluded from this Degree [18° Knight Rose Croix], it merely shows how gravely the purposes and plan of Masonry may be misunderstood. For whenever the door of any Degree is closed against him who believes in one God and the soul’s immortality, on account of the other tenets of his faith, that Degree is Masonry no longer. -Albert Pike

18. It is most true, that Truth is a Divine attribute and the foundation of every virtue. To be true, and to seek to find and learn the Truth, are the great objects of every good Mason. -Albert Pike

19. We Masons are among the fortunate ones who are taught to meet together with others opposing convictions or competitive ideas and yet respect each other as Brothers. -Albert Pike

20. Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light from them and to draw them away from it.

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21. The true philosophy, known and practiced by Solomon, is the basis on which Masonry is founded. -Albert Pike

22. What is the purpose for which Masonry exists? Its ultimate purpose is the perfection of humanity. Mankind it self is still in a period of youth. We are only now beginning to acquire a consciousness of the social aim of civilization, which is man’s perfection. Such perfection can never end with physical perfection, which is only the means to the end or spiritual perfection. -Albert Pike

Albert Pike Quotes On Faith

Albert Pike quotes on faith

23. Will is the dynamic soul-force. -Albert Pike

24. That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph: and that which make our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve: which could not happen unless we had commenced with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light. -Albert Pike

25. Faith begins where Reason sinks exhausted.

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26. All religious expression is symbolism. -Albert Pike

27. Man is not to be comprehended as a starting-point, or progress as a goal, without those two great forces , Faith and Love . Prayer is sublime. -Albert Pike

Albert Pike Morals And Dogma Quotes

Albert Pike morals and dogma quotes

28. Man’s real genius and knowledge remains preserved in books. -Albert Pike

29. When the thirst for wealth becomes general, it will be sought for as well dishonestly as honestly; by frauds and overreachings, by the knaveries of trade, the heartlessness of greedy speculation, by gambling in stocks and commodities that soon demoralizes a whole community. -Albert Pike

30. Less glory is more liberty. When the drum is silent, reason sometimes speaks.

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31. A free people, forgetting that it has a soul to be cared for, devotes all its energies to its material advancement. If it makes war, it is to subserve its commercial interests. The citizens copy after the State, and regard wealth, pomp, and luxury as the great goods of life. Such a nation creates wealth rapidly, and distributes it badly. -Albert Pike

32. The law of our being is Love of Life, and its interests and adornments; love of the world in which our lot is cast, engrossment with the interests and affections of earth. Not a low or sensual love; not love of wealth, of fame, of ease, of power, of splendor. Not low worldliness; but the love of Earth as the garden on which the Creator has lavished such miracles of beauty; as the habitation of humanity, the arena of its conflicts, the scene of its illimitable progress, the dwelling-place of the wise, the good, the active, the loving, and the dear; the place of opportunity for the development by means of sin and suffering and sorrow, of the noblest passions, the loftiest virtues, and the tenderest sympathies. -Albert Pike

Albert Pike Quotes On War

Albert Pike quotes on war

33. The freest people, like the freest man, is always in danger of re-lapsing into servitude. Wars are almost always fatal to Republics. They create tyrants, and consolidate their power. They spring, for the most part, from evil counsels. -Albert Pike

34. War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory. -Albert Pike

35. A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.

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36. The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During the Second World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm. -Albert Pike

37. When the small and the base are intrusted with power, legislation and administration become but two parallel series of errors and blunders, ending in war, calamity, and the necessity for a tyrant. When the nation feels its feet sliding backward, as if it walked on the ice, the time has come for a supreme effort. The magnificent tyrants of the past are but the types of those of the future. -Albert Pike