Famous last words
“I don’t know”. Peter Abelard was a medieval French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician.
“I’m going to the bathroom to read”. Elvis Presley
“Happy”. Raphael, the artist.
“Mozart”. Gustav Mahler’s last word.
“I’m losing it”. Frank Sinatra
“At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves”. George Orwell
“I love you very much, my dear Beaver”. Jean-Paul Sartre to Simone de Beauvoir (In French)
“I don’t want the doctor’s death. I want to have my own freedom”. Rainer Maria Rilke
“Tomorrow, at sunrise, I shall no longer be here”. Nostradamus . He was right.
“A certain butterfly is already on the wing”. Vladimir Nabokov
“God bless Captain Vere!” Herman Mellville
“Pardonnez-moi, monsieur”. Marie Antoinette on way to the guillotine.
“I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me”. Isaac Newton
“I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have”. Leonardo da Vinci
“Good. A woman who can fart is not yet dead”. Therese de Saint Maurice
“I’ll show you it won’t shoot”. Johnny Ace
“This dying is boring”. Richard Feynman
“A dying man can do nothing easy”. Benjamin Franklin
“Bring me a bullet-proof vest”. James W Rodgers before his execution.
“Tell Georgie I want to get in the movies one way or another”. Lucky Luciano
“You are wonderful”. Arthur Conan Doyle, before he clutched his chest and died.
“Valerie”. TS Eliot whispered the name of his wife as he died.
“God damn the whole friggin’ world and everyone in it but you, Carlotta.” WC Fields.
“You’re right. It’s time. I love you all”. Michael Landon
“Snooks, will you please turn this way. I like to look at your face”. OO McIntyre
“Jan, we were lucky at that”. Edward R. Murrow as he patted his wife’s hand.
“Of course I know who you are. You’re my girl. I love you.” John Wayne
“Goodbye kid. Hurry back”. Humphrey Bogart. Not quite, “Here’s looking at you, kid,” but close.
“Goodnight my kitten.” Ernest Hemingway.
“I knew it! I knew it! Born in a hotel room and, goddamn it, dying in a hotel room.” Eugene O’Neill
“It must have been the coffee.” Jack Soo.
“Oh, you young people act like old men. You are no fun.” Josephine Baker
“And now for a final word from our sponsor—.” Charles Gussman, as he removed his oxygen mask.
“This is no way to live!” Groucho Marx.
“Remember, Honey, don’t forget what I told you. Put in my coffin a deck of cards, a mashie niblick, and a pretty blonde.” Chico Marx
“Why should I talk to you? I’ve just been talking to your boss.” Wilson Mizner to a priest.
“One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes.” Alfred Hitchcock
“I feel great.” Pistol Pete Maravich just after a game.
“Good dog.” (Technically, he said “Vot sobaka.”) Vladimir Ilych Lenin to a dog that brought him a dead bird.
“Doctor, if I put this here guitar down now, I ain’t never gonna wake up.” Blues guitarist Leadbelly. He was right.
“What is the square of 12?” Thomas Fantet de Lagny was asked on his deathbed. His last words: “One hundred and forty-four.”
Derek Jarman was an artist, writer, and filmmaker. His last words: “I want the world to be filled with white fluffy duckies.”
Sir Winston Churchill’s last words were, “I’m bored with it all.”
Actress Joan Crawford yelled at her housekeeper, who was praying as Crawford died. Crawford said, “Damn it! Don’t you dare ask God to help me!”
Bo Diddley died giving a thumbs-up as he listened to the song “Walk Around Heaven.” His last word was “Wow.”
Emily Dickinson’s last words were, “I must go in, for the fog is rising.”
As Truman Capote lay dying, he repeated, “Mama— Mama— Mama.”
James Brown said, “I’m going away tonight.”
Surgeon Joseph Henry Green was checking his own pulse as he lay dying. His last word: “Stopped.”
And according to Steve Jobs’ sister Mona, the Apple founder’s last words were, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”