Sunday, September 4, 2022



Coleraine Masonic Hall, Ireland

"AUDI, VIDE, TACE, SI VIS VIVERE IN PACE", is an ancient Latin proverb that translates "Listen, look and shut up, if you want to live in Peace."

Some people believe it is a Latin phrase, others relate it to the famous three Japanese monkeys, associated with Buddhism in their Tendai sect. Other people say it is an ancient alchemical motto that referred to the "Opus Magnum" (Great Work).

The first appearance of this motto in Modern Masonry, in the form of "AUDI, VIDE, TACE", could be in a 1777 calendar published in England.

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