Top 7 Motivational Quotes by Freemasons for fighting Depression

by John Paul Gomez January 30, 2015 0 Comments

Top 7 Motivational Quotes by Freemasons for fighting Depression

I intended to write this piece two days ago in support of Bell #letstalk day, a program that is close to my heart. LetsTalk primary objective is to end the stigma surrounding mental health. Not too long ago, I opened up and talked about my own battle with depression, in return, our Masonic Brothers from all over the world shared their stories and their own struggles with me. I learned that I was not alone- many of our Brethren are also fighting similar battles- a lot of them in silence. I thought that it would be a good idea to share with you a few slices of wisdom, seven to make it perfect, that I picked up from those learned Brethren who came before us. May these words enlighten your path as they illuminated mine. 


7. “My brain is the key that sets my mind free.”

- Harry Houdini, St. Cecile Lodge No. 568

Your brain can process 70,000 thoughts per day. Push out the negative frequencies, or at least learn to turn their volume down, and focus on what is good and positive. If you haven't yet, try memorizing certain parts from the ritual. Surprise yourself with what you may discover.


6. “The things which hurt, instruct.”

- Benjamin Franklin, Tun Tavern Lodge

You cannot have a perfect ashlar without repeatedly striking a rough ashlar first with tools of violent force- the Gavel and the Chisel.


5. “Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”

- Voltaire, Lodge of Nine Sisters

 Like all pleasures in life, learn to take this in moderation. You cannot be the change that you want to be if you're living vicariously through your favorite characters on TV.


4. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

- Winston Churchill, Studholme Lodge No. 1591

 Take it from the Brother who went through years and years of failure before holding office and later to emerge as one of the greatest iconic figures of the twentieth century.


3. “It is better to be alone than in bad company.”

- George Washinton, Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4

 Solitude can trigger depression. But it can also be your best ally in your quest to find yourself. Remember number 4, "an opportunity in every difficulty."


2. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”

- Oscar Wilde, Apollo University Lodge No. 357

 Choose your friends wisely. 


1. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

- Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain, Polar Star Masonic Lodge No. 79

 The one with the most heart always wins.


John Paul Gomez
John Paul Gomez


Bro. John Paul Gomez (aka Paul, JP, JPG) is a graphics designer by trade and a full-time father-of-4. He is currently the WM-Elect at Doric Lodge No. 316 AF&AM in Ontario, Canada. He is an honorary member of Harmonie Lodge No. 699 F&AM in Buffalo, New York. In his youth, he was a member of the International Order of DeMolay Occidental Mindoro Philippines Chapter and the Thomas Michael Sherry Priory Order of Knighthood. He is a wanabee Muaythai fighter.