Edward Everett Hale  

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Edward Everett Hale (April 3, 1822 – June 10, 1909) was an American author, historian and Unitarian clergyman. He was a child prodigy who exhibited extraordinary literary skills and at age thirteen was enrolled at Harvard University where he graduated second in his class.

He published a wide variety of works in fiction, history and biography. He used his writings and the two magazines he founded, Old and New (1870–75) and Lend a Hand (1886–97), to advance a number of social reforms including religious tolerance, the abolition of slavery and education reforms.


Throughout his lifetime Edward Hale made a number of quotes that reveal his wise and stately character and now serve to mark his distinguished literary career.

  • 'Do you pray for the senators, Dr. Hale?' No, I look at the senators and I pray for the country.
  • I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
  • 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.
  • Make it your habit not to be critical about small things.
  • Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds of trouble - the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.
  • The making of friends who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life.
  • To look forward and not back, To look out and not in, and To lend a hand.
  • War - hard apprenticeship of freedom.
  • 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.

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