Franklin On Freemasonry

Franklin On Freemasonry:

Freemasonry has tenets peculair to itself. They serve as testmonials
of character and qualifications, which are only conferred after due
course of instruction and examination. These are of no small value;
they speak a universal language, and act as a passport to the
attentions and support of the initiated in all parts of the world.
They cannot be lost as long as memory retains its power. Let the
possessor of them be expatriated, shipwrecked or imprisoned, let him
be stripped of everything he has got in the world, still those
credentials remain, and are available for use as circumstances
require. The good effects they have produced are established by the
most incontestable facts of history.

They have stayed the uplifted hand of the destroyer; they have
softened the asperities of the tyrant; they have mitigated the horrors
of captivity;  they have subdued the rancour of malevolence; and
broken down the barriers of political animosity and sectarian
alienation. On the field of battle, in the solitudes of the
uncultivated forest, or in the busy haunts of the crowded city, they
have made men of the most hostile feelings, the most distant regions,
and diversified conditions, rush to the aid of each other, and feel a
special joy and satisfaction that they have been able to afford relief
to a Brother Mason.

(Benjamin Franklin)