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Wikipedia Summary for Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale (June 6, 1755 – September 22, 1776) was an American Patriot, soldier and spy 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 and executed. Hale has long been considered an American hero and, in 1985, he was officially designated the state hero of Connecticut.

Every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary.

--Nathan Hale

I should probably bequeath the copyrights to my screenplay for Spies Like Us, just in case.

--Nathan Hale

Liberty? Independence? Are they to remain only words? Gentlemen, let us make them fighting words!

--Nathan Hale

Hale is what he is in the American pantheon not because of what he did, but because of why he did it.

--Nathan Hale

It is the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander-in-chief.

--Nathan Hale

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.

--Nathan Hale

Let us march immediately, and never lay down our arms until we obtain our independence.

--Nathan Hale

I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.

--Nathan Hale

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.

--Nathan Hale

I greatly fear some of America's greatest and most dangerous enemies are such as think themselves her best friends.

--Nathan Hale

It is the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander in chief.

--Nathan Hale

I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary.

--Nathan Hale

Shun all vice, especially card playing.

--Nathan Hale

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