Hale is what he is in the American pantheon not because of what he did, but because of why he did it.
I am not influenced by the expectation of promotion or pecuniary reward. I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary for 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.
I greatly fear some of America's greatest and most dangerous enemies are such as think themselves her best friends.
I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary.