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
“Punning is an art of harmonious jingling upon words, which, passing in at the ears, excites a titillary motion in those parts; and this, being conveyed by the animal spirits into the muscles of the face, raises the cockles of the heart.”
The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D. D. Arranged by Thomas Sheridan (J. Johnson, 1803), p. 125, "The Art of Punning"
“The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.”
The Chandler Collection: The high window ; The long good-bye ; Playback (1983 edition)
(Leslie T. Lyall. A Passion for the Impossible: The Continuing Story of the Mission Hudson Taylor Began. London: OMF Books, 1965, 37.)
“The nearer emotional life approaches to hysteria, to continual outward show, the less genuine it becomes. Feeling becomes equated with vehemence of expression, so that insincerity becomes permanent.”
―Anthony Daniels (psychiatrist)
A Neglected Genius (Winter 2004) - City Journal (1998 - 2008)
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.