#15 Famous Last Words

NB! Next time you’re about to die, make sure you say something profound, witty or at least ironic…

Here are my ten favourite famous last words.

10. I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have. Leonardo da Vinci (d. 1519)
9. Damn it . . . Don’t you dare ask God to help me. (To her housekeeper, who had begun to pray aloud.) Joan Crawford (d. 1977)
8. I am about to–or I am going to–die; either expression is correct. Dominique Bouhours [French grammarian] (d. 1702)
7. Friends applaud, the comedy is over. Ludwig van Beethoven (d. 1827)
6. All my possessions for a moment of time. Elizabeth I, Queen of England (d. 1603)
5. Either this wallpaper goes, or I do! Oscar Wilde (d. 1900)
4. I am a Queen, but I have not the power to move my arms. Louise, Queen of Prussia (d. 1820)
3. They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist… (Killed in battle during US Civil War.) General John Sedgwick, Union Commander (d. 1864)
2. Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him. John Barrymore (d. 1942)
1. Why yes, a bulletproof vest! (On his final request before the firing squad.) James W. [American criminal] (d. 1960)

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  1. sheda says

    even though this was said a few days before she passed away, i like it and think it’s appropriate:

    “I hope the exit is joyful – and I hope never to return.”

    – Frida Kahlo

    have you seen the movie about her? it’s so beautiful and colourful, and she is such an incredible, strong and inspirational woman, it’s one of my favourites :)

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