The Last Words…

Did you ever stop to think if anyone says something really profound or witty when they know they are about to die? I was curious about some of the people I admire and then found some others I thought worthy enough to share.

Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite writers…and his final words didn’t let me down 🙂

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

To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?
Suicide note.
~~ George Eastman, inventor, d. March 14, 1932

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

God bless… God damn.
~~ James Thurber, humorist, d. 1961

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

I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.
~~ Leonardo da Vinci, artist, d. 1519

I die hard but am not afraid to go.
~~ George Washington, US President, d. December 14, 1799

(My Personal favorite)
Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.
~~ Oscar Wilde, writer, d. November 30, 1900

Lord help my poor soul.
~~ Edgar Allan Poe, writer, d. October 7, 1849

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

I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor.
~~ François Rabelais, writer, d. 1553

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

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

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

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

Turn up the lights, I don’t want to go home in the dark.
~~ O. Henry (William Sidney Porter), writer, d. June 4, 1910

Too late for fruit, too soon for flowers.
~~ Walter De La Mare, writer, d. 1956

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

I must go in, the fog is rising.
~~ Emily Dickinson, poet, d. 1886

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

Nothing, but death.
When asked by her sister, Cassandra, if there was anything she wanted.
~~ Jane Austen, writer, d. July 18, 181

Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.
~~ Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, d. March 26, 1821

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

Now I shall go to sleep. Goodnight.
~~ Lord George Byron, writer, d. 1824

I’m bored with it all.
Before slipping into a coma. He died 9 days later.
~~ Winston Churchill, statesman, d. January 24, 1965

Goodnight my darlings, I’ll see you tomorrow.
~~ Noel Coward, writer, d. 1973

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

5 Responses to “The Last Words…”

  1. Heather, it’s a known fact that artists are a tad on the wacky side, which opens the windows of creativity, all these pictures of churches and now these death bed last words, don’t make me come down there, oh wait, I am coming down there. (he he)

  2. Wow, these are great.

    Many of these final epitaphs really give you insight about these people…..like Beethoven and Poe….

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. It’s simple with me Cindy. I’m merely living my life in reverse. I started with death, then grew into adulthood and am now just entering the teenage years. I can’t wait until I’m 9…just tall enough to fit under the sign for Autopia at Disneyland but too young to do laundry. And, I promise you…you will be glad you came for Halloween… 🙂

  4. I just love all these last words. I could never choose a favorite. Thank you for posting them.

  5. Ok, I understand, that explains a lot! Heather, you MUST write a book combined with you pictures. The way you write these days is so fun to read! I have been picturing in my mind your painting, I’ll give it a try, mostly do faces though, but an old ship in a storm, it might have the properties of a face..

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