"We will turn from the reflections and memories of the day, to the stern duties of the future. The times are propitious; our opportunities are golden; our work is sublime. Grateful for the victories of the past, proud of the privileges of the present, and hopeful of an inviting future, let us go forth to win fresh laurels."
Proceedings of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Granting of Warrant 459 to African Lodge, at Boston, Massachusetts, Monday, September 29,1884. Boston, 1885, pp. 23-27.
"The primary distinction for Prince Hall was that he was the Founder of Masonry, not by copying and imitating white American Masonry but by the application to and the approval of British Masonry in the period of the American Revolution when the rights of men were being tested. American masons had not invited nor considered black Americans for admission to their lodges, nor assisted in the separate organization of them."
Charles H. Wesley, Prince Hall Life and Legacy
I do not endorse the following statement. However, I am collecting quotes on the subject in a study of eminent Masonic authors. This quote is taken from the introduction of the book "Freemasonry and the Ancient Gods," by J. S. M. Ward. The Introduction is written by the Hon. Sir John A Cockburn.
"The code of morality taught by Christianity can hardly be distinguished from that of Masonry. The new commandment of Brotherly Love is common to both. The difference lies not so much in the precepts as in the manner in which they are conveyed. Other cults communicate their lessons through the medium of written or spoken words. Masonry does so by means of symbols. It may be described as visualized religion."
"No man can be a Mason unless he believes in God and a future life; for these are the bases on all religions, as ancient as man himself; and these are two of the ancient landmarks of our order." JSM Ward, Freemasonry and the Ancient Gods