And of all illumination which human reason can give, none is comparable to the discovery of what we are, our nature, our obligations, what happiness we are capable of, and what are the means of attaining it.— Adam Weishaupt
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The great strength of our Order lies in its concealment;
let it never appear in any place in its own name but always covered by another name and another occupation. None is fitter than the three lower degrees of Freemasonry; the public is accustomed to it, expects little from it and therefore takes little notice of it.
Oh mortal man, is there anything you cannot be made to believe?.
Of all the means I know to lead men, the most effectual is a concealed mystery.The hankering of the mind is irresistible.
This is the great object held out by this association;
and the means of attaining it is illumination, enlightening the understanding by the sun of reason which will dispell the clouds of superstition and of prejudice.
When man lives under government, he is fallen, his worth is gone, and his nature tarnished.
The human race will then become one family, and the world will be the dwelling of Rational Men.
For the Order wishes to be secret and to work in silence;
for thus it is better secured from the oppression of the ruling powers, and because this secrecy gives a greater zest to the whole.
We must win the common people in every corner.
This will be obtained chiefly by means of the schools, and by open, hearty behavior, show, condescension, popularity, and toleration of their prejudices, which we shall at leisure root out and dispel.
It is necessary to gain the common people to our order.
The best means to that end is influence in the schools.
The hankering of the mind is irresistible.
Oh mortal man, is there anything you cannot be made to believe?
Who would imagine that I was to be the founder of a new religion.
Of all the means I know to lead men, the most effectual is a concealed mystery.
G is Grace, the Flaming Star is the Torch of Reason.
Those who possess this knowledge are indeed Illuminati.
Illuminate the opposition.
By establishing reading societies, and subscription libraries, and taking these under our direction, and supplying them through our labors, we may turn the public mind which way we will.
Salvation does not lie where strong thrones are defended by swords, where the smoke of censers ascend to heaven or where thousands of strong men pace the rich fields of harvest. The revolution which is about to break will be sterile if it is not complete.
It was the full conviction of this, and of what could be done, if every man were placed in the office for which he was fitted by nature and a proper education, which first suggested to me the plan of Illumination.
In another situation, and in an active station in life, I should have been keenly occupied, and the founding of an order would have never come into my head.
But alas, they are all sadly deficient, because they leave us under the domination of political and religious prejudices; and they are as inefficient as the sleepy dose of an ordinary sermon.
I did not bring Deism into Bavaria more than into Rome.
I found it here, in great vigour, more abounding than in any of the neighboring Protestant States. I am proud to be known to the world as the founder of the Illuminati.
I did not bring Deism into Bavaria.
My general plan is good, though in the detail there may be faults.
The most wonderful thing of all is that the distinguished Lutheran and Calvinist theologians who belong to our order really believe that they see in it (Illuminati) the true and genuine sense of Christian Religion. Oh mortal man, is there anything you cannot be made to believe?
Nothing would be more profitable to us than a right history of mankind.
The head of every family will be what Abraham was, the patriarch, the priest and the unlettered lord of his family, and Reason will be the code of laws to all mankind.
We see with what keenness and zeal the frivolous business of Freemasons is conducted, by persons knit together by the secrecy of their union.
I declare and I challenge all mankind to contradict my declaration, that no man can give any account of the order of Freemasonry, of its origin, of its history, of its object, nor any explanation of its mysteries and symbols, which does not leave the mind in total uncertainty on all these points. Every man is entitled therefore, to give any explanation of the symbols and a system of the doctrine that he can render palatable.
If a writer publishes any thing that attracts notice, and is in itself just, but does not accord with our plan, we must endeavour to win him over, or decry him.
Morality will perform all this; and Morality is the fruit of Illumination.
I am proud to be known to the world as the founder of the Illuminati.
Let this circumstance of our constitution therefore be directed to this noble purpose, and then all the objections urged against it by jealous tyranny and affrighted superstition will vanish.
A Literary Society is the most proper form for the introduction of our Order into any state where we are yet strangers.
The tenor of my life has been the opposite of everything that is vile, and no man can lay any such thing to my charge.
The first task of the association must therefore be to form the young members.