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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Edward Everett Hale on ability, confidence, self-esteem, determination, action, difference, prayer, senate and inspiration.

34 Insightful Quotes By Edward Everett Hale, The Adherent Of Christian Unitarianism

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Famous As: Writer, Theologian, Science fiction writer, Author

Born On: April 3, 1822

Died On: June 10, 1909

Born In: Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Died At Age: 87

Edward Everett Hale was one of the most celebrated American authors and historians, who was a believer of Christian Unitarianism. Hale was one of the prime movers of this Christian theological movement in America. Unitarians identified God as three people in one being namely- the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. However, they opposed the singular state of God postulated by the Trinity. Hale was also instrumental in the anti-slavery movement and provision of basic education to the people of America. His work ‘Old and New’ and ‘Lend a Hand’ confirmed his belief on the abolition of slavery and several other social reforms. During the course of his tenure as a Unitarian minister, Hale firmly uplifted the status of Irish immigrants in American society. Hale’s work ‘The Man Without a Country’ depicted the inferiority of immigrants who were forced to work in menial labor, which directly uplifted the common citizens of the country. Here are some of the famous quotes and sayings from this Christian Unitarian leader on issues of spirituality, equality, wisdom, success, freedom and many more. Go through the inspiring and motivating quotations and thoughts by Edward Everett Hale.
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I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Edward Everett Hale

Life seeks life and loves life. The opening of a catkin of a willow, in the flight of the butterfly, in the chirping of a tree-toad or the sweep of an eagle - my life loves to see how others live, exults in their joy, and so far is partner in their great concern.

Edward Everett Hale

In the name of Hypocrites, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.

Edward Everett Hale

The making of friends who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life.

Edward Everett Hale

Make it your habit not to be critical about small things.

Edward Everett Hale

To look forward and not back, To look out and not in, and To lend a hand.

Edward Everett Hale

'Do you pray for the senators, Dr. Hale?' No, I look at the senators and I pray for the country.

Edward Everett Hale

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.

Edward Everett Hale

If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.

Edward Everett Hale

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.

Edward Everett Hale

The Resurrection miracle is nothing to you and me if it is only an event of eighteen centuries bygone. Unless we can live the immortal life - unless we can receive God to his own home in these hearts of ours - the texts are nothing to us unless these daily lives illustrate them.

Edward Everett Hale

How indifferent are men to this carpenter or that fisherman, who has no word to speak of adventure or of wealth, but has only the word of God to proclaim, and has no credentials but that he comes in the name of the Lord.

Edward Everett Hale

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 something that I can do.

Edward Everett Hale

Let a man live with God, not afraid to talk with him. Let him study God's plans and methods, as one of Michelangelo's pupils might study his.

Edward Everett Hale

Nineteen centuries would have been worth very little if we had not made some advance in welcoming the stranger, in feeding the hungry, in clothing the naked, and in caring for the prisoner.

Edward Everett Hale

Gentlemen and ladies are sure of their ground. They pretend to nothing that they are not.

Edward Everett Hale

Wrong fails because it is wrong. The wrongs, the untruths, are inconsistent with each other. They clash against each other and confute each other. They neutralize each other and are lost.

Edward Everett Hale

It sometimes seems easier to trace the great general laws of God's government in the passage of events far from us than in those close around us. We see the shape of those far-off constellations, but we cannot group or set in order that to which our own sun belongs.

Edward Everett Hale

Thrones, dominations, principalities know now with a terrible certainty that mere force of arms has no power which compares with that living word of the crucified Nazarene, that bears with it Eternal Life, and directs the duty of a world of men whom he can lead, but who bend no knee to power.

Edward Everett Hale

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.

Edward Everett Hale

Do not blow your own trumpets nor, which is the same thing, ask other people to blow them. No trumpeter ever rose to be a general.

Edward Everett Hale

War - hard apprenticeship of freedom.

Edward Everett Hale

You may take this as a general and central principle in criticism: that all science, literature or song, which recognizes conscious life as the ruling principle of the universe, is Christian.

Edward Everett Hale

It seems as if, for every dragon head that is lopped off, two more terrible appear. Seems so. But in truth, Life is gaining all the while. Brute force, such power as there seems to be in things, cannot stand against ideas which are eternal.

Edward Everett Hale

You need the living, loving heart of living, loving men and women to quicken other hearts, which can live too and love too, and, in their turn, will quicken others which are dying now.

Edward Everett Hale

The great event of history is in the great miracle of Life: when, to a paralyzed world, Jesus Christ said, 'Take up your bed and walk,' and at his voice, that world obeyed. The victory of life over death!

Edward Everett Hale

Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds-- all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.

Edward Everett Hale

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.

Edward Everett Hale

Do well what you do. And do it conscious that you ought to be leaders among men.

Edward Everett Hale

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I shall do.

Edward Everett Hale

I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will.

Edward Everett Hale

Do you pray for the senators, Dr. Hale?' someone asked the chaplain. No, I look at the senators and I pray for the country.

Edward Everett Hale

Look up and not down; look out and not in; look forward and not back, and lend a hand.

Edward Everett Hale

I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.

Edward Everett Hale