Famous last words


“Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
I am not the least afraid to die.”

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)
KHAQQ calling Itasca. We must be on you, but cannot see you. Gas is running low.

Anna Pavlova
Get my swan costume ready.

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)
It’s been a long time since I’ve had champagne.

Archimedes of Syracuse (298-212 B.C.)
Wait ’till I have finished my problem!

“Babe” Ruth (1895-1948)
I’m going over the valley.

Billy the Kid (1859-1881)
Who is it?

Cassanova (1725-1798)
I have lived as a philosopher and die as a Christian.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
I am not the least afraid to die.

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)
Why not? After all, it belongs to him.

Charles I, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1600-1649)
Stay for the sign

Charles II, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1630-1685)
I have been a most unconscionable time dying, but I beg you to excuse it.

Also attributed to Charles II
Don’t let poor Nelly (his mistress, Nell Gwynne) starve.

Che Guevara (1928-1967)
I know you’ve come to kill me. Shoot, coward. You’re only going to kill a man. You can’t kill the revolution.

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)
I’ve always loved my wife, my children, and my grandchildren, and I’ve always loved my country. I want to go. God, take me.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Lord help my poor soul.

Edmund Gwenn (1875-1959)
Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult.

Egon Friedell (Friedmann), (1878-1938)
Watch out, please.

Ethel Barrymore
Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I’m happy.

Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533-1603)
All my possessions for a moment of time.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
“. . . the fog is rising”

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)
I lingered around them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.

Eugene O’Neill
I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room – and God damn it – died in a hotel room.

Florenz Ziegfeld
Curtain! Fast music! Light! Ready for the last finale! Great! The show looks good, the show looks good!

Francis Crowley “Two Gun” (1900-1931)
You sons of bitches. Give my love to Mother.”

Francois Rabelais
Bring down the curtain, the farce is played out.

Franklin D Roosevelt (1882-1945)
I have a terrific headache.

George Washington (1732-1799)
‘Tis well.

Franz Ferdinand, Archduke (1863-1914)
It is nothing. It is nothing.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924)
Kill me, or else you are a murderer!

Gabriele D’Annunzo (1863-1938)
I’m bored. I’m bored.

George Eastman (1854-1932)
My work is done, why wait?

Genghis Khan (1155?-1227)
Let not my end disarm you, and on no account weep or keen for me, let the enemy be warned of my death.

Hart Crane (1899-1932)
Good-bye, everybody.

Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)
Write . . . write . . . pencil . . . paper.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)
On the contrary.

Henry Arthur Jones (1851-1924)
The prettier. Now fight for it.

Henry Ward Beecher, evangelist
Now comes the mystery.

Humphrey Bogart
I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.

Isadora Duncan (1878-1927)
Farewell, my friends. I go to glory.

James Dean (1931-1955)
That guy’s got to stop. . . . He’ll see us.

Jeanne-Antoinette Pompadour (1721-1764)
Wait a second.

Joan of Arc (1412-1431)
Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames!

Joe Hill (1879-1915)
Don’t mourn for me. Organize!

John Barrymore
Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.

John Huss (1372-1415)
O, holy simplicity!

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
That’s obvious.

John Henry Holliday (1851-1887)
This is funny.

Julius Gaius Caesar (100-44 B.C.)
You too, Brutus?

Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!

Kurt Cobain (1967-1994)
Frances and Courtney, I’ll be at your altar
Please keep going Courtney,
for Frances.
for her life will be so much happier
without me. I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU” (from Kurt Cobain’s suicide note)

Lee Harvey Oswald
I will be glad to discuss this proposition with my attorney, and that after I talk with one, we could either discuss it with him or discuss it with my attorney if the attorney thinks it is a wise thing to do, but at the present time I have nothing more to say to you.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six.

Leon Czolgosz (1873-1902)
I killed the President because he was the enemy of the good people, the good working people. I am not sorry for my crime.

Leon Trotsky (1879-1940)
I feel this time they have succeeded. I do not want them to undress me. I want you to undress me.

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
What’s this?

Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Good night.

Lord Palmerston
Die, my dear doctor? That is the last thing I shall do.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Friends applaud, the comedy is over.

Luther Burbank (1849-1926)
I don’t feel good.”

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (1755-1793)
Pardonnez-moi, monsieur.

Mata Hari (1876-1917)
It is unbelievable.

Nancy Astor (when she woke briefly and found herself surrounded by her family.)
Am I dying or is this my birthday?

Nostradamus 1503-1566
Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here.

Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)
My design is to make what haste I can to be gone.

Oscar Wilde
Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Drink to me!

Pancho Villa (1878-1923)
Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
My dear Schur, you remember our first talk. You promised to help me when I could no longer carry on. It is only torture now, and it has no longer any sense.

Socrates (469-399 B.C.)
Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius. Will you remember to pay the debt?

Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)
Shakespeare, I come.

Thomas Becket (1118-1170)
For the name of Jesus and the protection of the church I am ready to embrace death.

Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury (1489-1556)
I see Heaven open and Jesus on the right hand of God.

Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)
It’s very beautiful over there.

Timothy Leary (1920-1996)
Why not? Why not? Why not? Why not? Yeah.

Thomas More (1478-1535)
This hath not offended the king.

William Frederick I (1688-1740)
No, not quite naked. I shall have my uniform on.

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