Nathan Hale Quote
Last words before being hanged as a spy. As quoted in: Revolutionary Services and Civil Life of General William Hull (1848) by Maria Campbell
“I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary. If the exigencies of my country demand a peculiar service, its claim to perform that service are imperious.”
Statement to Captain William Hull prior to his spying mission, as quoted in Captain Nathan Hale (1755 - 1776) by Rev. Edward Everett Hale
“Praxagora: I want all to have a share of everything and all property to be in common; there will no longer be either rich or poor; I shall begin by making land, money, everything that is private property, common to all.
Blepyrus: But who will till the soil?
Praxagora: The slaves.”
Ecclesiazusae, line 590-591 & 597-598 & 651 - Ecclesiazusae (392 BC)
“An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.”
On her husband, Max Mallowan. As quoted in: "An Agatha Christie Chronology" by Nancy Blue Wynne, Ace Books, 1976. Also in: "The Life of the Party" (1956) by Bennett Cerf
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsNathan Hale
Born: June 6, 1755
Died: September 22, 1776 (aged 21)
Bio: Nathan Hale was a soldier for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He volunteered for an intelligence-gathering mission in New York City but was captured by the British. He is probably best remembered for his purported last words before being hanged: I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.
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“Before the Barn-Door crowing, The Cock by Hens attended, His Eyes around him throwing, Stands for a while suspended: Then One he singles from the Crew, And cheers the happy Hen; With how do you do, and how do you do, And how do you do again.”
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