Joseph Fort Newton quotes

  • We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us - how we can take it, what we do with it - and that is what really counts in the end.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #May #Strange #Emotion

  • Belief is truth held in the mind; faith is a fire in the heart.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Heart #Fire #Mind

  • Love is lost in immensities; it comes in simple, gentle ways.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Love #Simple #Way

  • So many of us know what we are against, but not what we are for-what we disbelieve, not what we believe. A negative life easily becomes neutral and futile.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Believe #Negative

  • An egotist is not a man who thinks too much of himself; he is a man who thinks too little of other people.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Men #Thinking #People

  • Each lodge is an oasis if equality and good will in a desert of strife, working to wield mankind into a great league of sympathy and services, which, by the terms of our definition, it seeks to exhibit now on a small scale.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Oasis #League #Desert

  • A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Accountability #Debt #Lasts

  • London, with its monotonous and melancholy houses, seems like an inharmonious patchwork, as if pieced together without design. Yet it is lovable in its sprawling confusion.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Confusion #House #Design

  • London is like a dream come true. As I ramble through it I am haunted by the curious feeling of something half-forgotten, but still dimly remembered, like a reminiscence of some previous state of existence. It is at once familiar and strange.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Dream #Feelings #Half

  • Not what we have, but what we use, not what we see, but what we choose, these are the things that mar or bless the sum of human happiness.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Use #Mars #Bless

  • To be happy is easy enough if we give ourselves, forgive others, and live with thanksgiving, No self centered person, no ungrateful soul can ever be happy, much less make anyone else happy. Life is giving, not getting.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Happy Life #Self #Giving

  • More than an institution, more than a tradition, more than a society, Masonry is one of the forms of Divine life upon earth.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Earth #Masonic #Tradition

  • Every person has a train of thought on which they travel when they are alone. The dignity and nobility of their life, as well as their happiness depend upon the direction in which that train is going, the baggage it carries and the scenery through which it travels.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Baggage #Dignity #Scenery

  • Masonry superadds to our other obligations the strongest ties of connection between it and the cultivation of virtue, and furnishes the most powerful incentives to goodness.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Powerful #Ties #Connections

  • Masonry is too great an institution to have been made in a day, much less by a few men, but was a slow evolution through long time, unfolding its beauty as it grew. Indeed, it was like one of its own cathedrals which one generation of builders wrought and vanished, and another followed, until, amidst vicissitudes of time and change, of decline and revival, the order itself became a temple of Freedom and Fraternity.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Men #Order #Long

  • Masonry was not made to divide men, but to unite them, leaving each man free to think his own thoughts and fashion his own system of ultimate truth. All its emphasis rests upon two extremely simple and profound principles, love of God and love of man.
    -- Joseph Fort Newton

    #Fashion #Simple #Men