“The doctrines hidden in the secret fraternities no matter what the name, have been handed down in regular succession from first to last. We can see that the esoteric teachings which in Atlantis first, then Egypt, in Persia and in Greece, were kept from the ears of an illiterate multitude precisely because it was known that they could not, in their then uneducated and ignorant condition understand the deeper truth of nature and of God.”

– Ancient Mystic Oriental Masonry by R. Swinburne Clymer