“We, as speculative Masons, symbolize the labors of our predecessors by engaging in the construction of a spiritual temple in our hearts, pure and spotless, fit for the dwelling-place of Him who is the author of purity–where God is to be worshipped in spirit and in truth, and whence every evil thought and unruly passion is to be banished.”

– Albert G. Mackey – The Symbolism of Freemasonry