38 Adam Weishaupt Quotes from Founder of the Illuminati

Johann Adam Weishaupt was a German philosopher, professor of civil and later canon law and founder of the Illuminati.

Born in Ingolstadt, he was orphaned at five and raised by his godfather, Johann Adam Freiherr von Ickstatt, an Enlightenment proponent who influenced Weishaupt’s rationalist beliefs.

Weishaupt’s education began at a Jesuit school and he later graduated from the University of Ingolstadt with a law doctorate. After converting to Protestantism, he became a law professor.

In 1776, Weishaupt founded the Illuminati, envisioned as a society to free humans from religious constraints and challenge corrupt governments.


Although the order had a detailed structure, its radical rationalist principles led to its prohibition in 1784.

Weishaupt then fled Bavaria, settling in Gotha and publishing works on Illuminism.

Despite the group’s brief existence, Weishaupt’s intentions and character remain debated, with figures like Thomas Jefferson praising his philanthropic vision.

Here is a collection of the most famous quotes by Adam Weishaupt.

Top 5 Adam Weishaupt Quotes


Humanity can save itself. It needs no Messiahs. ~ Adam Weishaupt.


I am proud to be known to the world as the founder of the Illuminati. ~ Adam Weishaupt.


Illuminate the opposition. ~ Adam Weishaupt.


Morality will perform all this; and Morality is the fruit of Illumination. ~ Adam Weishaupt.


It’s not enough to read, to listen, to be passive. One must act. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

Powerful Adam Weishaupt Quotes

In another situation, and in an active station in life, I should have been keenly occupied, and the founding of an order would have never come into my head. ~ Adam Weishaupt.


The ancient Gnostics knew that the Abrahamic “God” was Satan. Isn’t it time you reached the same conclusion? ~ Adam Weishaupt.

Nothing will ever be more remarkable than that Satan has caused billions of human beings to worship him as God. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

Ancient Gnostic sects held that the god of the Old Testament was the Devil, and the Bible his evil message to corrupt humanity. Can anyone doubt that they were right? Read the Bible for yourself. Learn the horrific truth. The Abrahamic faiths are Satanic. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

We must win the common people in every corner. This will be obtained chiefly by means of the schools, and by open, hearty behavior, show, condescension, popularity, and toleration of their prejudices, which we shall at leisure root out and dispel. ~ Adam Weishaupt.


Don’t read about history. Make it! ~ Adam Weishaupt.

It was the full conviction of this, and of what could be done, if every man were placed in the office for which he was fitted by nature and a proper education, which first suggested to me the plan of Illumination. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

Famous Adam Weishaupt Quotes

It is necessary to gain the common people to our order. The best means to that end is influence in the schools. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

The Lutheran formula for a good life: commit as many as sins as possible then absolve yourself of all accountability by saying, “But I believe!” No wonder Lutheranism became so popular. ~ Adam Weishaupt.


I did not bring Deism into Bavaria. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

A Literary Society is the most proper form for the introduction of our Order into any state where we are yet strangers. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

Who would imagine that I was to be the founder of a new religion. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

By establishing reading societies, and subscription libraries, and taking these under our direction, and supplying them through our labors, we may turn the public mind which way we will. ~ Adam Weishaupt.


Nothing would be more profitable to us than a right history of mankind. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

Best Adam Weishaupt Quotes

If a writer publishes any thing that attracts notice, and is in itself just, but does not accord with our plan, we must endeavour to win him over, or decry him. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

Nothing is more important than who controls the signs. To change the world, it is necessary to change the signs that are used to condition people. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

Salvation does not lie where strong thrones are defended by swords, where the smoke of censers ascend to heaven or where thousands of strong men pace the rich fields of harvest. The revolution which is about to break will be sterile if it is not complete. ~ Adam Weishaupt.


Oh mortal man, is there anything you cannot be made to believe? ~ Adam Weishaupt.

This is the great object held out by this association; and the means of attaining it is illumination, enlightening the understanding by the sun of reason which will dispel the clouds of superstition and of prejudice. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

The tenor of my life has been the opposite of everything that is vile, and no man can lay any such thing to my charge. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

Let this circumstance of our constitution therefore be directed to this noble purpose, and then all the objections urged against it by jealous tyranny and affrighted superstition will vanish. ~ Adam Weishaupt.


Reason, not faith. Good deeds, not faith. Knowledge, not faith. In these signs we shall triumph. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

Popular Adam Weishaupt Quotes

For the Order wishes to be secret and to work in silence; for thus it is better secured from the oppression of the ruling powers, and because this secrecy gives a greater zest to the whole. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

The head of every family will be what Abraham was, the patriarch, the priest and the unlettered lord of his family, and Reason will be the code of laws to all mankind. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

We see with what keenness and zeal the frivolous business of Freemasons is conducted, by persons knit together by the secrecy of their union. ~ Adam Weishaupt.


The hankering of the mind is irresistible. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

My general plan is good, though in the detail there may be faults. ~ Adam Weishaupt.
G is Grace, the Flaming Star is the Torch of Reason. Those who possess this knowledge are indeed Illuminati. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

It’s time to make your stand. It’s you against the world. It’s you contra mundum. This world is hell, but good, rational people of strong will can convert it into paradise. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

The human race will then become one family, and the world will be the dwelling of Rational Men. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

The Devil’s greatest trick isn’t getting you to think he doesn’t exist. Quite the reverse. It’s getting you to think he’s God and that you must obey him without question. Devil worshippers aren’t a rare exception in our world – they’re the norm. ~ Adam Weishaupt.

So these were the 38 popular quotes about Adam Weishaupt.

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