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
“Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.”
Wit and wisdom of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle: being a treasury of thousands of glorious, inspiring and imperishable thoughts, views and observations of the three great Greek philosophers, classified under about four hundred subjects for comparative study (1967 edition)
“Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.”
Attributed. A similar quotation was found in "Jim Jam Jems, Volume 3" (Clark and Crockard., 1914): "They are pursuing a phantom when the real substance of all happiness is right at hand."
“If I had a prayer, it would be this: God spare me from the desire for love, approval, and appreciation. Amen.”
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (2002)
“Fathers and teachers, I ponder, What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”
Dostoevsky (1999) . The Brothers Karamazov. Constance Garnett, translator. Signet Classic. pp. p. 312. ISBN 0451527348. - The Brothers Karamazov (1879–1880)
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsNathan Hale
Born: June 6, 1755
Died: September 22, 1776 (age 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.