"Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven't said enough." — Karl Marx (1818-83) to his Housekeeper.
"Here's to the health of my beloved Critias !" — Theramenes (?-404BCE), Athenian statesman, after being forced to drink a cup of hemlock.
"Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius; will you remember to pay the debt ?" — Socrates (c.469-399BCE).
"I foresee a great funeral contest over me." — Alexander the Great (356-323BCE).
"The strongest..." — Alexander the Great (356-323BCE), when asked who should succeed him.
"You too, my son..." — Julius Caesar (100-44BCE).
"Have I played the part well ? Then applaud as I exit." — Augustus (63BC-14AD), Roman Emperor, last private words.
"Behold, I found Rome of clay, and leave her to you of marble." — Augustus (63BC-14AD), Roman Emperor, last public words.
"I am still alive !" — Gaius Caligula (12-41 AD), Roman Emperor, after being stabbed to death by his own guards.
"Dear me, I believe I am becoming a god. An emperor ought at least to die on his feet." — Vespasian (9-79 AD), Roman emperor.
"I have made but one mistake." — Titus (39-81 AD), Roman emperor.
"How the little piglets would grunt if they knew how the old boar suffered." — Ragnar Lodbrok, (?-c865) norse hero, after being thrown into a snake pit, about how his sons would avenge him.
So dark indeed that they couldn't even write them down...
"I am curious to see what happens in the next world to one who dies unshriven." — Pietro Perugino (1446—1523), Italian painter. Giving his reasons for refusing to see a priest as he lay dying.
"The king has been very good to me. He promoted me from a simple maid to be a marchioness. Then he raised me to be a queen. Now he will raise me to be a martyr." — Anne Boleyn (1507-36), second wife of Henry VIII.
"The executioner is, I believe, very expert, and my neck is very slender." — Anne Boleyn (1507-36).
"I have passed in ease and prosperity and in a state of pleasure such has been the lot of no monarch." — Sultan Ghiyas-ud-Din Khilji (15th century), who had 15000 wives and concubines.
"I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor." — François Rabelais (1483—1553), French satirist.
"You pronounce sentence upon me with greater fear than I receive it." — Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), to his inquisitors before being burned at the stake.
"May I not seem to have lived in vain." — Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), danish astronomer.
"I have a long journey to take, and must bid the company farewell." — Lord Walter Raleigh (1554—1618), English explorer.
"This is a sharp medicine, but it is a physician for all diseases and miseries." — Walter Raleigh (1554—1618), upon seeing the axe that would behead him.
"Strike man, strike !" — Walter Raleigh (1554—1618), just before being beheaded.
"All right, then, I'll say it: Dante makes me sick." — Lope Félix de Vega Carpio (1562—1635), Spanish dramatist and poet. On being informed he was about to die.
"I have the consolation of leaving your kingdom in the highest degree of glory and of reputation." — Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642), written to Louis XIII just days before he died.
"Has God forgotten everything I've done for him ?" — Louis XIV (1638—1715), French king.
"Why are you weeping ? Did you imagine that I was immortal ?" — Louis XIV (1638—1715), noticing as he lay on his deathbed that his attendants were crying.
"Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms." — Alexander Pope (1688—1744), British poet.
"Ah, a German and a genius ! A prodigy, admit him !" — Jonathan Swift (1667—1745), Irish-born Anglican priest and writer. Learning of the arrival of the composer Handel.
"La journée sera rude (The day will be hard)." — Robert-François Damiens (1715—1757), before being dismembered for an attempted regicide.
"I feel nothing, apart from a certain difficulty in continuing to exist." — Bernard de Fontenelle (1657—1757), French philosopher. Remark on his deathbed.
"It is high time for me to depart, for at my age I now begin to see things as they really are." — Bernard de Fontenelle (1657—1757), French philosopher. Remark on his deathbed.
"Give Dayrolles a chair." — Earl of Chesterfield (1694—1773), English statesman. Said on his deathbed when visited by his godson, Solomon Dayrolles.
"No, it is not." — Oliver Goldsmith (1728-74), British writer, when asked "Is your mind at ease?"
"Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies." — Voltaire (1694-1778), on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan.
"I see that you have made three spelling mistakes." — Marquis de Favras (1744-1790), french aristocrat, upon reading his death sentence.
"A-t-on des nouvelles de Monsieur de Lapérouse ?" — Louis XVI shortly before being executed.
"Farewell, my children, forever. I go to your Father." — Marie Antoinette (1755-93).
"Show my head to the people, it is worth seeing." — Georges Danton (1759-94), French political activist, to his executioner.
"Thank God I have done my duty // Drink, drink. Fan, fan. Rub, rub // Kiss me, Hardy." — Lord Nelson (1758—1805), English admiral. Three different accounts of his last words.
"I think I could eat one of Bellamy's veal pies." — William Pitt the Younger (1759—1806), British statesman.
"Cheer up, children, I am all right." — Franz Joseph Haydn (1732—1809).
"I want nothing but death." — Jane Austen (1775—1817), english novelist, to her sister whoasked her if she wanted anything.
"Let's go, this will be for the last time." — Marie Blanchard (1778—1819), french aeronaut, before lighting fireworks on her hydrogen balloon.
"I'm going now. My time has come." — Daniel Boone (1734—1820), american pioneer.
"Josephine..." — Napoleon Bonaparte (1769—1821).
"A king should die standing." — King Louis XVIII (1755—1824).
"Friends applaud, the comedy is over." — Ludwig van Beethoven (1770—1827), sarcastic remarks after a priest's gave him the last rites.
"Nurse, it was I who discovered that leeches have red blood." — Baron Georges Cuvier (1769—1832), French zoologist. On his deathbed when the nurse came to apply leeches.
"More light !" — Goethe (1749—1832).
"I inhabit a weak, frail, decayed tenement; battered by the winds and broken in on by the storms, and, from all I can learn, the landlord does not intend to repair." — John Quincy Adams (1767—1848), Sixth president of the USA. Said during his last illness.
"The earth is suffocating... Swear to make them cut me open, so that I won't be buried alive." — Frédéric Chopin (1810-49), polish composer and pianist.
"Lord help my poor soul." — Edgar Alan Poe (1809-49), american writer.
"God will pardon me. It is His trade." — Heinrich Heine (1797—1856), german poet and writer.
"I have to set my bed one more night, when will this end already ?" — Washington Irving (1783—1859), american writer.
"I did not know that we had ever quarreled." — Henry David Thoreau (1817-62), US writer. On being urged to make his peace with God.
"Moose... Indian..." — Henry David Thoreau (1817-62).
"Nonsense, they couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." — John Sedgwick (1813-64), US general. In response to a suggestion that he should not show himself over the parapet during the Battle of the Wilderness.
"I do not have to forgive my enemies, I have had them all shot." — Ramón Maria Narváez (1800-68), Spanish general and political leader. Said on his deathbed, when asked by a priest if he forgave his enemies.
"No, it is better not. She will only ask me to take a message to Albert." — Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81), British statesman. On his deathbed, declining an offer of a visit from Queen Victoria.
"I think you're right, Wyatt. I can't see a God damn thing. " — Morgan Earp (1851-1882), accepting his brother's belief that there is no life after Death.
"I am a Queen, but I have not the power to move my arms." — Louise of Russia.
"...bituminous coal." — William Barton Rogers (1804-1882), founder of MIT, while delivering a commencement address.
"Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven't said enough." — Karl Marx (1818-83) to his Housekeeper.
"Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life." — George Engel (1836-1887), hung for the 1886 Chicago bombing.
"Well I'll Be Damned. This is funny." — Doc Holliday (1851—1887), wild west gunfighter, remarking that no one ever expected him to die in bed.
"I haven't got time to be tired." — Wilhelm I (1797—1888), King of Prussia and Emperor of Germany. Said during his last illness.
"How were the receipts today in Madison Square Garden ?" — Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-91), US showman.
"Bring me a glass of Champagne." — William Price (1800-1893), Welsh physician.
"My God, don't shoot !" — Soapy Smith (1860-1898), American conman.
"Either that wallpaper goes, or I do." — Oscar Wilde (1854—1900), Irish-born British dramatist. As he lay dying in a drab Paris bedroom.
"I expect I shall have to die beyond my means." — Oscar Wilde (1854—1900), Irish-born British dramatist. On accepting a glass of champagne on his deathbed.
"I haven't had Champagne in a long time" — Anton Chekhov (1860—1904), russian playwright.
"On the contrary !" — Henrik Ibsen (1828—1906), Norwegian dramatist. His nurse had just remarked that he was feeling a little better.
"I am dying, please bring me a toothpick." — Alfred Jarry (1873—1907), french writter.
"Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six." — Leon Tolstoy (1828—1910), Russian writer. Refusing to reconcile himself with the Russian Orthodox Church as he lay dying.
"Turn up the lights, I don't want to go home in the dark." — O. Henry (William Sidney Porter; 1862-1910), US short-story writer.
"Good bye. If we meet..." — Mark Twin (1835—1910), american writter, to his daughter.
"I am just going outside and may be some time." — Captain Lawrence Oates (1880—1912), British soldier and explorer. Before leaving the tent and vanishing into the blizzard on the ill-fated Antarctic expedition (1910-12). Oates was afraid that his lameness would slow down the others.
"We took risks. We knew we took them. Things have come out against us. We have no cause for complaint." — Scott (1868—1912), found in his diary after his party froze in Antarctica.
"People should be aware of the dangers of killing themselves." — Read in the 'letters to the editor' column of TIME in response to an article on teen suicide.
"Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale." — Scott (1868—1912), Message to the Public.
"Why fear death ? It is the most beautiful adventure in life." — Charles Frohman (1860—1915), US theater producer. Said before going down with the liner Lusitania, alluding to 'To die will be an awfully big adventure' from Barrie's Peter Pan, which Frohman had produced.
"Kaputt..." — Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918), the Red Baron, german fighter pilot, after landing his plane with a gunshot wound.
"Now I can cross the shifting sands." — L. Frank Baum (1856—1919), american author.
"Take a step forward, lads. It will be easier that way." — Erskine Childers (1870—1922), British-born author and Irish patriot. Last words before being executed by firing squad, 24 Nov 1922.
"Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something..." — Pancho Villa (1877—1923) clutching a comrade after being shot.
"Goodbye, my friend, goodbye. My dear, you are in my heart. Predestined separation promises a future meeting." — Sergei Esenin (1895-1925), Russian poet, suicide note.
"Ah, the cows...." — Erik Satie (1866-1925), french composer.
"Well, we fooled 'em for a long time, didn't we ?" — Zip the pinhead (1842-1926), freak show performer.
"Well, doctor, and do I now act like a 'pink powder puff' ?" — Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926), american actor.
"Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel." — George Appel, executed by electric chair in New York, 1928.
"They tried to get me — I got them first !" — Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931), poet, suicide note.
"Oh my, it's very beautiful over there." — Thomas Edison (1847—1931).
"Tell me... after my head is chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures." — Peter Kürten (1883-1931), serial killer before being guillotined.
"My work is done. Why wait ?" — George Eastman (1854—1932), US inventor and industrialist, suicide note.
"Goodbye, everybody !" — Hart Crane (1899-1932), american poet, suicide note.
"If this is dying, I don't think much of it." — Lytton Strachey (1880—1932), British writer.
"When I am dead, and over me bright April Shakes out her rain drenched hair, Tho you should lean above me broken hearted, I shall not care. For I shall have peace. As leafey trees are peaceful When rain bends down the bough. And I shall be more silent and cold hearted than you are now." — Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), American poet, suicide note.
"I'm glad it was me and not you, Mr. President." — Anton Cermak (1873-1933) after being shot in place of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
"You can play jacks, and girls do that with a soft ball and do tricks with it. Oh, Oh, dog Biscuit, and when he is happy he doesn't get snappy." — Dutch Schultz (1902-1935), american gangster, hallucinating after being shot.
"When all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one." — Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), writer, suicide note.
"Ich kann nicht mehr (I can do no more)." — Toni Kurz (1913-1936), while within touching distance of the rescue team, north face of Eiger.
"All fled — all done, so lift me on the pyre; The feast is over, and the lamps expire." — Robert E. Howard (1906-1936), writer, suicide note.
"I've never felt better." — Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939), american actor and director.
"Now it is nothing but torture." — Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).
"I have a feeling I shall go mad. I cannot go on longer in these terrible times. I shan't recover this time. I hear voices and cannot concentrate on my work. I have fought against it but cannot fight any longer." — Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British author, suicide note.
"Die ? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him." — John Barrymore (1882—1942), US actor.
"Shoot me in the chest !" — Benito Mussolini (1883-1944).
"To Harald, may God forgive you and forgive me too but I prefer to take my life away and our baby's before I bring him with shame or killing him, Lupe." — Lupe Velez (1908-1944), mexican actress, suicide note.
"Shakespeare, I come !" — Theodore Dreiser (1871—1945), US novelist. His intended last words.
"Go away... I'm alright." — H. G. Wells (1866—1946).
"I have spent a lot of time searching through the Bible for loopholes." — W. C. Fields (1880—1946), US comedian. Said during his last illness.
"Goddam the whole fucking world and everyone in it except you Caslotta !." — W. C. Fields (1880—1946), US comedian.
"You might make that a double." — Neville Heath (1917-46), British murderer. Comment made when offered a drink before his execution.
"What is the answer ?... In that case, what is the question ?" — Gertrude Stein (1874—1946), US writer.
"You can keep the things of bronze and stone and give me one man to remember me just once a year." — Damon Runyon (1884—1946), US writer.
"Go away. I'm all right." — H. G. Wells (1866—1946).
"Good-bye... why am I hemorrhaging ?" — Boris Pasternak (1890—1950).
"Seventeen whiskeys. A record, I think." — Dylan Thomas (1914-53), Welsh poet.
"I hope it won't take long." — Enrico Fermi (1901—1954), Italian physicist, 10 days before dying of cancer.
"It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly." — Albert Einstein (1879—1955), as he lay dying of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
"Too late for fruit, too soon for flowers." — Walter De La Mare (1873—1956), British poet. On being asked, as he lay seriously ill, whether he would like some fruit or flowers.
"I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis." — Humphrey Bogart (1899—1957).
"The future is just old age and illness and pain... I must have peace and this is the only way." — James Whale (1893-1957), movie director, suicide note.
"I should have had the pickle." — Preston Sturges (1898-1959), film director.
"It is. But not as hard as farce." — Edmund Gwenn (1875—1959), British actor. On his deathbed, in reply to the comment 'It must be very hard'.
"Beautifully done." — Stanley Spencer (1891—1959), British artist. Said to the nurse who had injected him, just before he died.
"Why yes — a bulletproof vest." — James Rodgers (1910-1960), murderer, on his final request before the firing squad.
"God bless... God damn." — James Thurber (1894—1961), US humorist.
"Goodnight my kitten." — Ernest Hemingway (1899—1961), US writer, spoken to his wifr before his suicide.
"An olive, with a pit..." — Victor Feguer (1935-1963), convicted of a kidnap-murder. Request for his last meal, reportedly saying he hoped the tree that symbolizes peace would sprout from his grave.
"Try LSD, 100mg intramuscular... I thought so." — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963).
"Jakie, is it my birthday or am I dying ?" — Viscountess Nancy Astor (1879—1964), American-born British politician. To her son on her death bed. He replied: 'A bit of both, Mum'.
"Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. My advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it." — Somerset Maugham (1874—1965), english writer.
"I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." — Winston Churchill (1874—1965).
"I'm so bored with it all." — Winston Churchill (1874—1965).
"Let's cool it brothers..." — Malcolm X (1925-1966), Black leader, spoken to his assassins, 3 men who shot him 16 times.
"How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper ? French fries." — James French, executed in electric chair in Oklahoma, 1966.
"To leave this life, to me, is a sweet prospect. When you read this I will be quite dead and no answer will be possible. All I can say is that I offered you love, and the best I could. All I got in return in the end was a kick in the teeth. Thus I die alone and unloved. As you sowed, so shall you reap." — David Ferrie (1918-1967), pilot, suicide note.
"Oh, shit !" — Jim Madsen ( -1968), when rappelling off the end of his rope on El Cap's Dihedral Wall.
"Codeine ... bourbon." — Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968), american actress.
"Dear World, I am leaving you because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool — good luck." — George Sanders (1906-1972), actor, suicide note.
"Drink to me." — Pablo Picasso (1881—1973).
"kiss my ass." — John Wayne Gacy (1942—1974), american serial killer.
"When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why relativity ? And why turbulence ? I really believe he will have an answer for the first." — Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), german physicist, on his deathbed.
"I must end it. There's no hope left. I'll be at peace. No one had anything to do with this. My decision totally." — Freddie Prinze (1954-1977), comedian, suicide note.
"Let's do it !" — Gary Gilmore (1940-1977), US murderer, in front of firing squad.
"Damn it... Don't you dare ask God to help me." — Joan Crawford (1904-1977), actress, to her housekeeper who had begun to pray aloud.
"Don't worry it's not loaded." — Terry Kath (1946-1978), American rock musician, while playing Russian Roulette.
"Do you really think the IRA would think me a worthwhile target ?" — Lord Mountbatten of Burma (1900-79), british admiral and colonial administrator.
"Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it !" — David Johnston, volcanologist, during the explosion of Mt St Helens (1980).
"I'm shot ! I'm shot !" — John Lennon (1940-1980), english singer.
"Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what ?" — William Saroyan (1908-81), US dramatist.
"Just don't leave me alone." — John Belushi (1940-1980), american comedian.
"Well, the Lord is going to get another one." — John Eldon Smith, executed by electric chair, 1983.
"It's all been rather lovely." — John Le Mesurier (1912-83), British actor.
"That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted." — Lou Costello (1906-1959), American actor.
"Can you believe this crap ?" — Jon Erik Hexum (1957-1984), actor, shot himself with a blanks loaded gun.
"I'd rather be fishing." — Jimmy Glass (1962-1987), executed in electric chair.
"What I cannot create, I do not understand." — Written on Richard Feynman's blackboard at the time of his death.
"I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring." — Richard P. Feynman (1918-88).
"Where is my clock ?" — Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), spanish artist, while his prepared last words were 'I don't believe in my death'.
"It's too late. We can't win, they've gotten too powerful." — Abbie Hoffman (1936-1989), Activist/author, suicide note.
"You know, I'm not firghtened. It's just that I'll miss you all so much [...] Oh, fuck." — Roald Dahl (1916-1990), british writer.
"I'd like to thank my family for loving me and taking care of me. And the rest of the world can kiss my ass." — Johnny Frank Garrett, executed by injection, 1992.
"You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the Grim Reaper." — Robert Alton Harris, executed in California's gas chamber, 1992.
"Remember, the death penalty is murder." — Robert Drew, executed on August 2, 1994.
"I had you all going, didn't I ?" — Lt. Col. Kenneth Wilson ( -1994), about his 1912 photograph of the Loch Ness monster.
"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." — Kurt Cobain (1967-1994), singer, suicide note.
"I did not get my Spaghetti-O's, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this." — Thomas J. Grasso, executed 1995.
"They won't hang me. I'm british." — John Scripps ( -1996) 4 days before he was executed in Singapore.
"Please don't leave me." — Chris Farley (1964-1997), american comedian.
"And now, in keeping with Channel 40's policy of always bringing you the latest in blood and guts, in living color, you're about to see another first — an attempted suicide." — Chris Chubbuck, newscaster who shot herself during broadcast.
"I wonder why he shot me ?" — Huey P. Long, governor in Louisiana.
"Oh no, oh no... don't lift me, don't lift me." — Robert "Bobby" Kennedy.
"I don't believe that people should take their own lives without deep and thoughtful reflection over a considerable period of time." — Wendy O. Williams (1949-1998), punk singer, suicide note.
"Don't mess with my money." — Lowell Fulson (1921-2000), bluesman.
"For almost nine years I have thought about the death penalty, whether it is right or wrong, and I don't have any answers. But I don't think the world will be a better or safer place without me. If you had wanted to punish me you would have killed me the day after, instead of killing me now. You are not hurting me now. I have had time to get ready, to tell my family goodbye, to get my life where it needed to be." — Last statement of Jeffery Doughtie, executed in 2001.
"Hey guys, watch this !" — Todd Poller (-2001), who tried to swallow a live perch.
"Are you guys ready ? Let's roll !" — Todd Beamer (-2001), passenger on United flight 93, september 11.
"Relax, this won't hurt" — Hunter S Thomson (1937-2005), american journalist.
"And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say: 'Kurt is up in heaven now'. That's my favorite joke." — Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), science-fiction author.
"Tape Seinfeld for me." — Harvey Korman (1927-2008), american actor.
"Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow." — Steve jobs (1955-2011), american founder of Apple.
"Take her to the moon for me, okay ?" — Bing Bong (-2015), Riley's imaginary friend.
"I guess I won't do that again." — Cynthia Covert (-2020), manicurist, killed by alligator after petting it.