“THE SECRET DOCTRINE IN FREEMASONRY, that doctrine which is not contained in the lectures nor elucidated in the ritual. That doctrine, which is HIDDEN BEHIND A VEIL OF ALLEGORY in the very lectures we so fatuously refer to as the ‘Secrets of Freemasonry.” A sublime doctrine which in truth is “illustrated by symbols”- BY THE SYMBOLS OF MASONRY but NOT by the common place interpretation of those symbols given in the Lodge. Those interpretations actually lead one away from the truth purposely, as the mother bird, simulating a broken wing, flutters away before the intruder and leads him from her hidden brood. Masonry casts no pearls before the swine; these secrets are too valuable to offer to anyone cheaply.”

– George H. Steinmetz – from “Freemasonry, Its Hidden Meaning”