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
The Rest is Silence - Music at Night and Other Essays (1931)
“A beast does not know that he is a beast, and the nearer a man gets to being a beast, the less he knows it.”
The Princess and Curdie (1883)
“Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.”
Variant translation: "For love is the ultimate meaning of everything around us. It is not a mere sentiment; it is truth; it is the joy that is at the root of all creation. " - Sadhana: The Realisation of Life (1913)
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
―Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe, translated by Thomas Bailey Saunders, Macmillan and Company, 1906, p. 130. Variant translation: "It is not enough to know, we must also apply; it is not enough to will, we must also do."
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
As quoted in: Morally We Roll Along, Gay MacLaren, Little, Brown, 1938, p. 66, "I Meet Mark Twain"
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.