Last Words…

Collected last words from various famous folks. *’s for personal favorites!

Is it the Fourth?
– Thomas Jefferson, US President, d. July 4, 1826

Thomas Jefferson–still survives…
– John Adams, US President, d. July 4, 1826
(Jefferson had died earlier that same day.)

Is it not meningitis?
– Louisa M. Alcott, writer, d. 1888

Waiting are they? Waiting are they? Well–let ’em wait.
In response to an attending doctor who attempted to comfort him by saying, “General, I fear the angels are waiting for you.”
– Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary general, d. 1789

Am I dying or is this my birthday?
When she woke briefly during her last illness and found all her family around her bedside.
– Lady Nancy Astor, d. 1964

*Codeine . . . bourbon.
-Tallulah Bankhead, actress, d. December 12, 1968

How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?
– P. T. Barnum, entrepreneur, d. 1891

Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.
– John Barrymore, actor, d. May 29, 1942

Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.
– Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, d. March 26, 1827

*I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.
– Humphrey Bogart, actor, d. January 14, 1957

Josephine…
-Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor, May 5, 1821

Ah, that tastes nice. Thank you.
– Johannes Brahms, composer, d. April 3, 1897

I am still alive!
Stabbed to death by his own guards – (as reported by Roman historian Tacitus)
– Gaius Caligula, Roman Emperor, d.41 AD

I am dying. I haven’t drunk champagne for a long time.
– Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, writer, d. July 1, 1904

The earth is suffocating . . . Swear to make them cut me open, so that I won’t be buried alive.
Dying of tuberculosis.
-Frederic Chopin, composer, d. October 16, 1849

That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted.
– Lou Costello, comedian, d. March 3, 1959

*Damn it . . . Don’t you dare ask God to help me.
To her housekeeper, who had begun to pray aloud.
– Joan Crawford, actress, d. May 10, 1977

I am not the least afraid to die.
– Charles Darwin, d. April 19, 1882

Do you hear the rain? Do you hear the rain?
Minutes before her plane crashed.
– Jessica Dubroff, seven-year-old pilot, d. 1996

Adieu, mes amis. Je vais la gloire.
(Farewell, my friends! I go to glory!)
– Isadora Duncan, dancer, d. 1927

Please know that I am quite aware of the hazards. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.
Last letter to her husband before her last flight.
KHAQQ calling Itasca. We must be on you, but cannot see you. Gas is running low.
Last radio communiqué before her disappearance.
– Amelia Earhart, d. 1937

All my possessions for a moment of time.
– Elizabeth I, Queen of England, d. 1603

I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.
– Richard Feynman, physicist, d. 1988

I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
– Errol Flynn, actor, d. October 14, 1959

A dying man can do nothing easy.
– Benjamin Franklin, statesman, d. April 17, 1790

I know you have come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man.
Facing his assassin, Mario Teran, a Bolivian soldier.
– Ernesto “Che” Guevara, d. October 9, 1967

Yes, it’s tough, but not as tough as doing comedy.
When asked if he thought dying was tough.
-Edmund Gwenn, actor, d. September 6, 1959

*God will pardon me, that’s his line of work.
– Heinrich Heine, poet, d. February 15, 1856

All is lost. Monks, monks, monks!
– Henry VIII, King of England, d. 1547

I see black light.
– Victor Hugo, writer, d. May 22, 1885

Let us cross over the river and sit in the shade of the trees.
Killed in error by his own troops at the battle of Chancellorsville during the US Civil War.
– General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, d. 1863

*Does nobody understand?
– James Joyce, writer, d. 1941

Why not? Yeah.
– Timothy Leary, d. May 31, 1996

A King should die standing.
-Louis XVIII, King of France, d. 1824

*Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal?
– Louis XIV, King of France, d. 1715

Let’s cool it brothers . . .
Spoken to his assassins, 3 men who shot him 16 times.
-Malcolm X, Black leader, d. 1966

*Go on, get out – last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.
To his housekeeper, who urged him to tell her his last words so she could write them down for posterity.
– Karl Marx, revolutionary, d. 1883

Nothing matters. Nothing matters.
-Louis B. Mayer, film producer, d. October 29, 1957

*I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room – and God damn it – died in a hotel room.
– Eugene O’Neill, writer, d. November 27, 1953

*Good-bye . . . why am I hemorrhaging?
– Boris Pasternak, writer, d. 1959

*Get my swan costume ready.
– Anna Pavlova, ballerina, d. 1931

*I am curious to see what happens in the next world to one who dies unshriven.
Giving his reasons for refusing to see a priest as he lay dying.
-Pietro Perugino, Italian painter, d. 1523

Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms.
– Alexander Pope, writer, d. May 30, 1744

I have a terrific headache.
He died of a cerebral hemorrhage.
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt, US President, d. 1945

They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist. . . .
Killed in battle during US Civil War.
– General John Sedgwick, Union Commander, d. 1864

*I’ve had eighteen straight whiskies, I think that’s the record . . .
-Dylan Thomas, poet, d. 1953

*Moose . . . Indian . . .
-Henry David Thoreau, writer, d. May 6, 1862

*God bless… God damn.
– James Thurber, humorist, d. 1961

I feel here that this time they have succeeded.
– Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, d. 1940

*Woe is me. Me thinks I’m turning into a god.
– Vespasian, Roman Emperor, d. 79 AD

Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something.
-Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary, d. 1923

*Go away. I’m all right.
– H. G. Wells, novelist, d. 1946

Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.
-Oscar Wilde, writer, d. November 30, 1900

Original list came from http://www.corsinet.com/braincandy/dying.html

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~ by herodotuswept on November 25, 2007.

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