Edward Everett Hale

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Edward Everett Hale, statue in Boston Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Edward Everett Hale (April 3, 1822 – June 10, 1909) was an American author and Unitarian clergyman.


  • No matter what happens to you, no matter who flatters you or who abuses you, never look at another flag, never let a night pass but you pray God to bless that flag. Remember, boy, that behind all these men you have to do with, behind officers, and government, and people even, there is the Country Herself, your Country, and that you belong to Her as you belong to your own mother. Stand by Her, boy, as you would stand by your mother, if those devils there had got hold of her to-day.
  • He loved his country as no other man has loved her; but no man deserved less at her hands.
    • The Man Without a Country, Epitaph of Philip Nolan
  • To look up and not down,
    To look forward and not back,
    To look out and not in, and
    To lend a hand.
    • Ten Times One is Ten (1870)
  • I am only one,
    But still I am one.
    I cannot do everything,
    But still I can do something;
    And because I cannot do everything
    I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
    • Ten Times One is Ten (1870)


  • "Do you pray for the Senators, Dr. Hale?" someone asked the chaplain. "No, I look at the Senators and pray for the country."
  • Even with all my wrinkles! I am beautiful!
  • If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.
  • In the name of Hypocrites, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.
  • Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three - all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.
  • Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, "Shake well before using." That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.
  • Wise anger is like fire from a flint: there is great ado to get it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.
  • Tell the truth.
    Do not talk about your own affairs.
    Confess Ignorance.
    Talk to the person who talks to you.
    Do not under-rate her.
    At dinner talk to the person on each side of you.
    Be short.

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