Famous Nathan Hale Quote

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

~ Nathan Hale

his last words before being hanged by the British, without a trial, September 22, 1776

Ratings and Comments

Anonymous, Queens, NY

True Dat True Dat brother

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Anonymous    3/13/06

It's beautiful!


Nice sentiment ~~ but Hale never said it. Everyone present at his hanging (British & colonial alike) agree that, although he spoke words that are very similiar, he did not, in fact, speak them. They were recorded later after official accounts & dispatches had circulated among his friends.

Mike, Norwalk

Absolutely, with a caveat. The ideals of building a country on the eternal nobility of individual sovereignty, inalienable rights and liberty at nature's law is a life's endeavor. The occupying statist theocracy currently infesting this land is not the same country that is here referenced

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

21years old, a spy, no stand, no real beliefs, no ideology, do unquestionably what the "authority" utters, did he even have a life to offer or  lose?  If you look ahead at the territories we call the United States of America of 2023, 247 years later, you wonder, did he even have a country?


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