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Sorted alphabetically by last name (with some monarchs and leaders sorted by their first names, e.g. William the Silent). This article refers only to last words of persons who actually lived or are believed to have actually lived. Last words of fictional characters can be found in Fictional last words.

  • No comment.
    • Who: Edward Abbey
    • Note: His response as to whether he had any last words. (The epitaph on his memorial stone was "No Comment".)
  • I did what I could.
    • Who: Edward Abbey
    • Note: An alternative as noted in the reference work Last Words of Notable People citing Epitaph for a Desert Anarchist: The Life and Legacy of Edward Abbey by James Bishop. Brahms, William B. (2010). Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History. Haddonfield, NJ: Reference Desk Press, Inc. p. 1. ISBN 978-09765325-2-1. ; Bishop, James. (2010). Epitaph for a Desert Anarchist: The Life and Legacy of Edward Abbey. New York: Atheneuem. ISBN 978-06891219-5-1. .
  • Van Halen!
    • Who: Darrell Abbott A.K.A Dimebag Darrel, former guitarist of Pantera and Damageplan
    • Note: Said while playing with Damageplan at a club minutes before he was shot and killed onstage.
  • Come Lord Jesus, come quickly, finish in me the work that Thou has begun; into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit, for Thou has redeemed me. O God of truth, save me Thy servant, who hopes and confides in Thee alone; let Thy mercy, O Lord, be shewn unto me; in Thee have I trusted, O Lord, let me not be confounded for ever.
    • Who: Robert Abbott, English prelate.
    • Note: Last Words of Notable People citing The life of Dr. George Abbot, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury by Arthur Onslow (Guildford, England, 1777). Brahms, William B. (2010). Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History. Haddonfield, NJ: Reference Desk Press, Inc. p. 1. ISBN 978-09765325-2-1. .
  • Ja, maar niet te veel.
    • Translation: Yes, but not too much
    • Who: Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet.
    • Note: Achterberg had just parked his car, when his wife asked: "'Shall I bake some fried potatoes?'" After answering the question he suffered a fatal heart attack.
    • Note: Last Words of Notable People citing Het refrein is hein: Leven en sterven in een verpleeghuis by B. Keizer Brahms, William B. (2010). Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History. Haddonfield, NJ: Reference Desk Press, Inc. p. 3. ISBN 978-09765325-2-1. ; Keizer, Bert (1997). Het refrein is hein: Leven en sterven in een verpleeghuis. Amsterdam: Nijmegen. ISBN 978-90616862-1-7. .
  • Oh, yes; it is the glorious Fourth of July. It is a great day. It is a good day. God bless it. God bless you all. He then lapsed into unconsciousness; he awakened later, and mumbled, Thomas Jefferson…
    • Who: John Adams
      • Note: John Adams died on July 4, 1826. He is often quoted as having said "Thomas Jefferson still survives." with some depictions indicating he might have not expressed the entire statement before dying, i.e.: "Thomas Jefferson… still survi—", but some research indicates that only the words "Thomas Jefferson" were clearly intelligible among his last. Adams did not know that Jefferson, his great political rival—and later friend and correspondent—had died a few hours earlier that same 4th of July, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  • This is the last of Earth! I am content!
    • Who: John Quincy Adams, US President, February 21, 1848.
    • Note: John Quincy Adams suffered a cerebral hemorrage on the floor of the U.S Capitol Building, as he had become a U.S. Representative from the 11th District of Massachusetts after his presidency. He died several days later.
    • As quoted in The Truly Great: A Discourse Appropriate to the Life and Character of John Quincy Adams (1848) by Edwin Hubbell Chapin and "Illness and Death of John Quincy Adams" (Little's Living Age, No. 201, March 18, 1848), citing an account published in The New York Courier and Enquirer, February 25, 1848 and other sources. Brahms, William B. (2010). Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History. Haddonfield, NJ: Reference Desk Press, Inc. p. 6. ISBN 978-09765325-2-1. .
  • See in what peace a Christian can die.
    • Who: Joseph Addison, writer, d. June 17, 1719
    • Note: Spoken to his stepson, the Earl of Warwick.
    • As quoted in Conjectures on Original Composition: In a Letter to the Author of Sir Charles Grandison (1759) by Edward Young and Samuel Richardson.
    • Variation: "I have sent for you to see how a Christian can die."
    • As quoted in A New Biographical Dictionary: Containing a Brief Account of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Persons and Remarkable Characters in Every Age and Nation (1805) by Stephen Jones.
    • Note: Variations of Addison's last words compared and discussed. Brahms, William B. (2010). Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History. Haddonfield, NJ: Reference Desk Press, Inc. p. 7. ISBN 978-09765325-2-1. .
  • The bastards tried to come over me last night. I guess they didn't know I was a Marine.
    • Who: Private First Class Edward H. Ahrens
    • Note: During the Battle of Tulagi, Private Ahrens was mortally wounded while single-handedly fighting back a group of Japanese soldiers attempting to infiltrate Allied lines. After his superior officer discovered Ahrens the next morning surrounded by dead Japanese troops, he whispered these words and died.
  • Shema Yisrael Adona-i Elokaynu Adona-i Echad (שמע ישראל ה' אלקינו ה' אחד)
    • Translation: Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God! The Lord is One!
    • Who: Rabbi Akiba ben Joseph (Akiva)
    • Note: These words (the Shema, from Deuteronomy 6:4) were stated as R. Akiba was being flayed by a Roman executioner for his continuing to teaching the Torah, despite the Roman prohibition on doing so (Talmud Berachot 61b). Because of R. Akiba, it is customary for Jews to recite the Shema as their last words.
  • Is it not meningitis?
    • Who: Louisa May Alcott
    • Note: Alcott had been in ill health for many years and took a turn for the worse after she visited her father. She did not have meningitis. She may have died of mercury poisoning, the after-effect of an earlier treatment for typhoid fever. Brahms, William B. (2010). Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History. Haddonfield, NJ: Reference Desk Press, Inc. p. 12. ISBN 978-09765325-2-1. .
    • As quoted in Louisa May Alcott: Her Life, Letters and Journals (1805) by Ednah D. Cheney.
  • You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you.
    • Who: Alex, African Grey Parrot used in comparative psychology research at Brandeis University
    • Note: Spoken to his handler, Dr. Irene Pepperberg, when she put him in his cage for the night; he was found dead the next morning
    • "Milestones". Time: p. 24. 24 September 2007. Retrieved on 2007-09-22. 
  • To the strongest!
    • Who: Alexander the Great
    • In response to his generals asking the heirless Alexander which one of them would get control of the empire.
    • Note: When asked on his deathbed who was to succeed him, his voice may have been indistinct. Alexander may have said "Krateros" (the name of one of his generals), but he was not around, and the others may have chosen to hear "Kratistos— the strongest".
  • Home to the palace to die…
    • Who: Alexander II of Russia
    • Note: His guards heard him utter this phrase when they found his maimed body under a seat from his carriage after he was attacked with bombs by anarchists in an assassination attempt. He lost his left leg and was taken home where he died hours after his wound.
  • Wait a minute…
    • Who: Pope Alexander VI
    • Note: His last words have also reported to have been: "Ok, ok, I'll come. Just give it a moment." ("Va bene, va bene, arrivo. Aspettate un momento.")
  • The rest of you can kiss my ass.
    • Who: James Allen Red Dog, d. March 3, 1993
    • Note: Executed by injection in Delaware. He said this after apologizing to his family and telling them he loved them.
  • Sooner rather than later, the great avenues will open again and free men will walk through them to construct a better society. Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers! These are my last words, and I am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral lesson that will punish felony, cowardice, and treason.
    • Who: Salvador Allende, d. September 11, 1973
      • Note: Last speech given before he committed suicide before the military forces entered the La Moneda palace when the 1973 coup d'etat took place.
  • June 3. Cold Harbor. I was killed.
    • Who: Union Soldier
    • Note: Found in a blood-spattered diary on the body of a Union soldier on June 3rd, 1864.[2]
  • Don't ask me how I am! I understand nothing more.
    • Who: Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Snow Queen, and The Princess and the Pea
  • I pray you to bear me witness that I meet my fate like a brave man.
    • Who: Major John André
    • Note: According to James Thatcher's book The American Revolution, André raised the handkerchief from his eyes and said these words when given an opportunity to speak, moments before he was hanged as a British spy.
  • Pardonnez-moi, monsieur. Je ne l'ai pas fait exprès.
    • Translation: Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose.
    • Who: Marie Antoinette
    • Note: As she approached the guillotine, convicted of treason and about to be beheaded, she accidentally stepped on the foot of her executioner.
  • Aequanimitas
    • Translation: Equanimity
    • Who: Emperor Antoninus Pius
    • Note: When tribune of the night watch came to ask for password.
  • Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.
  • Mennyi az idő? Különben mindegy...
    • Translation: What is the time? Never mind, it's not important...
    • Who: János Arany, Hungarian poet
  • mè mou tous kuklous taratte (Μη μου τους κύκλους τάραττε)
    • Translation: Don't disturb my circles!
    • Alternate: Don't disturb my equation.
    • Who: Archimedes
    • Note: In response to a Roman soldier who was forcing him to report to the Roman general after the capture of Syracuse, while he was busy sitting on the ground proving geometry theorems. The soldier killed him, despite specific instructions not to, resulting in his execution.
  • Let me die in the old uniform in which I fought my battles for freedom, May God forgive me for putting on another.
    • Who: Benedict Arnold
    • Note: He wanted to wear his old Continental Army uniform.
  • I love you too, honey. Good luck with your show.
    • Who: Desi Arnaz
    • Note: He was speaking on the telephone to his former wife Lucille Ball.
  • The ladies have to go first. Goodbye, dearie. I'll see you later.
    • Who: John Jacob Astor IV
    • Note: The accuracy of this report is disputed. Astor and his wife were traveling on the Titanic when it struck an iceberg and began to sink. As Astor prepared to enter a lifeboat with his wife, a group of female passengers appeared on deck. He gave up his seat and spoke his final words to his wife; he was later found floating in the ocean, dead.
  • Am I dying, or is this my birthday?
    • Who: Lady Nancy Astor
    • Note: In her final illness, she awoke on her deathbed to see her family at her bedside.
  • Saat kaç?
    • Translation: What time is it?
    • Who: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
    • Note: Before he fell into a coma on November 6th, he had asked his friends "What time is it?".
  • "Nostri coniugii memor vive, ac vale."
    • Translation: "Live mindful of our marriage, and farewell."
    • Who: Emperor Augustus
    • Note: His last words in public as reported by Suetonius were the more famous "Behold, I found Rome of clay, and leave her to you of marble."
  • I want nothing but death.
    • Who: Jane Austen
    • Note: In response to her sister Cassandra who had asked her if she wanted something.
    • As quoted in Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History (2010) by William B. Brahms which discusses a letter from Cassandra to her niece Fannie Knight after the death of Jane Austen on July 18, 1817. Brahms notes the letter is reprinted in Letters of Jane Austen (1884) by Jane Austen.
  • I ask you all to forgive me. I ask the people of Samford to forgive me. I ask my mother to forgive me. May you all live long and die happy. God save the King! God save the King! God be with you all! Send a wire to my mother and tell her I died happy, won’t you. Yes tell her I died happy with no fear. Goodbye all! Goodbye all!
    • Who: Ernest Austin
    • Note: Austin made this statement before being hanged for rape and murder, the last two as he fell through the trap door. He was the last person in Queensland to be hanged.

BEdit

  • It is better to know and die or dont know, and die?.
    • Al-Biruni http://www.iricap.com/specialentry.asp?id=49.
    • Note:when he was on bed before death,asks someone a question. He says: "Now you ask ? its not time of knowing" .Abu Rayhan said, "It is better to know and die or dont know, and die." The man says, "When I coming out Biruni home, yet I was closed door i heard mourning of his family. ".
  • Had you believed in Me, O wayward generation, every one of you would have followed the example of this youth, who stood in rank above most of you, and willingly would have sacrificed himself in My path. The day will come when you will have recognized Me; that day I shall have ceased to be with you.
    • Who: The Báb
    • Note: His final words were shouted at the spectating crowd during His execution by a firing squad. The words "this youth" refer to the young Mirza Muhammad-'Ali, who was being executed along with Him.
  • Oh God, here I go!
  • My Florida water.
    • Who: Lucille Ball
    • Note: Her response when asked if she wanted anything.
  • Oh, you young people act like old men. You have no fun.
    • Who: Josephine Baker
    • Note: The famed starlet was reportedly attempting to seduce a man several decades younger than she was. She died of a stroke later that night.
  • I'm in the hands of Jesus…
    • Who: Tammy Faye Messner [Bakker]
    • Note: As told by her husband Roe Messner on CNN's Larry King Live. Roe was with Tammy Faye at the moment of her death.
  • I would rather be a servant in the House of the Lord than to sit in the seats of the mighty.
    • Who: Alben W. Barkley, former Vice President of the United States, who suffered a fatal heart attack.
  • How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?
  • I can't sleep.
    • Who: J.M. Barrie, author of works including Peter Pan.
  • Die, I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.
  • Now I can cross the Shifting Sands.
    • Who: L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz
    • Note: Baum was referring to the Shifting Sands, the impassable desert surrounding the Land of Oz.
  • Are you guys ready? Let's roll.
    • Who: Todd Beamer, passenger on United Flight 93, September 11, 2001.
    • Note: These are his last recorded words, coming at the end of a cell phone call before Beamer and others attempted to storm the airliner's cockpit to retake it from hijackers who were part of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The plane crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
  • Rain had always been a harbinger of tragedy for me.
    • Who: George Beard
    • Note: His death occurred during a rainstorm.
  • If all the swords in England were pointed against my head, your threats would not move me. [to the killers]
  • I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace.
  • Now comes the mystery.
  • Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est.
    • Translation: Applaud, my friends, the comedy is finished.; the formula traditionally used to end a performance of commedia dell'arte.
    • Who: Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Note: His final words are subject to historical debate, and vary with many biographies. Among those that have been reported to be his last words are:
      • I shall hear in Heaven.
      • I feel as if up to now I had written no more than a few notes.
      • (To his friend Johann Hummel, who was at his bedside) Is it not true, Hummel, that I have some talent after all?
      • There, do you hear the bell? Don't you hear it ringing? The curtain must drop. Yes! My curtain is falling.
      • Another biographer has him saying nothing; simply shaking his fists defiantly at the heavens as a thunderstorm raged outside his window.
  • Maybe they only had one rocket
    • Who: Lawrence Beeter, WWII British soldier who was taking cover in a bunker after they were hit by a rocket. A second volley destroyed the bunker and Beeter was killed.
  • No.
    • Who: Alexander Graham Bell
    • Note: While Alexander Graham Bell was dying, his deaf wife whispered to him, "Don't leave me." Bell responded by signing the word, "No."
  • Dear God. Dear God. Why is this happening? I just want to go home.
    • Who: Cassie Bernall
    • Note: According to Emily Wyant, a close friend of Cassie's, she was heard praying in these last words before Eric Harris yelled "Peek-a-boo!" and fatally shot her in the face. This account disproves the myth that Bernall said "yes" to Dylan Klebold before he shot her dead (it was actually Valeen Schnurr who got terribly shot before being asked by Klebold if she believed in God and surviving the whole ordeal). [3]
  • O Lord, help me… for I am innocent.
  • Dêem-me café, vou escrever!
    • Translation: Give me coffee, I'm going to write
    • Who: Olavo Bilac, Brazilian poet
  • ¿Quién es? ¿Quién es? (Spanish)
    • Translation: Who is it? Who is it?
    • Who: Billy the Kid
    • Note: There are at least two versions of what happened. One version suggests that, as the Kid entered, he failed to recognize Garrett in the poor light. McCarty drew his revolver and backed away, asking "¿Quién es? ¿Quién es?" (Spanish for "Who is it? Who is it?").[1] Recognizing McCarty's voice, Garrett drew his own revolver and fired twice, the first bullet striking McCarty in the chest just above his heart, although the second one missed and struck the mantel behind him; McCarty fell to the floor, gasped for a minute and died.[1]

In the second version, McCarty entered carrying a knife, evidently heading for a kitchen area. He noticed someone in the darkness, and uttered the words, "¿Quién es? ¿Quién es?" at which point he was shot and killed. Although the popularity of the first story persists, and portrays Garrett in a better light, some historians contend that the second version is probably the accurate one.[2]

  • I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart. I want to thank all of my family and friends for my prayers and who supported and believed in me. My Father, I'm being paroled to heaven. I will now spend all my holidays with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Peace be with you all. Amen.
    • Who: Kenneth Biros, first person executed by a one-drug lethal injection in Ohio on December 8, 2009
  • Haus. (German)
    • Translation: Home Literally: House
    • Who: Otto von Bismarck
    • Note: Scrawled on a piece of paper; there is debate as to whether Bismarck meant to convey that he was returning to the afterlife or was simply delerious or intoxicated.
  • A Moi! (French)
    • Translation: Help! Literally: To me!
    • Who: Sophie Blanchard
    • Note: Blanchard, a balloonist, said these words when her balloon crashed, killing her.
  • I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.
  • Damn it! How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?
    • Who: Simon Bolivar
    • Note: His last words are also Recorded as "Fetch The Luggage, They do not want us here"
  • Ah, that tastes nice. Thank you.
    • Who: Johannes Brahms
    • Note: That line was said after he had a small glass of wine.
  • Je vais ou je vas mourir, l'un et l'autre se dit ou se disent. ( French )
    • Translation : I am about to -- or I am going to -- die: either expression is correct.
    • Who: Dominique Bouhours, French grammarian
  • I didn't murder the Hodges family. I've never murdered anybody. I'm going to my death with a clear conscience. I am going to my death having had a great life because of my two great sons, Mike and Doug.
    • Who: Earl Bramblett
      • Note: Spoken prior to his death in the state of Virginia's electric chair. Contrary to his claim, overwhelming evidence proved that he did indeed kill William Hodges, his wife Teresa and their two children Winter and Anah, ages 11 and 4.
  • No. I have no final statement.
    • Who: Lawrence Russell Brewer
    • Note: Executed for the murder of James Byrd, Jr.
  • Not bloody likely!
    • Who: Unknown British Sergeant
    • Note: Reportedly said during the last stand of the 44th Regiment of Foot, in response to an offer of surrender, shortly before their massacre by Afghan fighters at the Battle of Gandamak.
  • I'm going away tonight….
    • Who: James Brown
    • Source: Charles Bobbit, Brown's longtime personal manager and friend
    • Note: James Brown uttered his last words minutes before his death, and then he took three, long quiet breaths and closed his eyes.
    • His very last words were: "I want you to look after my wife... and little man. I'm on fire. I'm burning up. Burning up.", as quoted in Icon: James Brown, GQ Magazine, 3 January 2013.
  • I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think vainly, flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done.
    • Who: John Brown
    • Note: These words were not spoken, but written on a note and handed to a guard right before his execution.
    • His spoken last words are usually considered to be: This is a beautiful country.
  • Whatever the result may be, I shall carry to my grave the consciousness that at least I meant well for my country.
  • I'd like you to give my love to my family and friends.
    • Who: Ted Bundy
    • Note: Those were Bundy's last words before being executed in the electric chair.
  • I'm the problem.
    • Who: David Burke
    • Note: Burke replied to the captain of Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771, who inquired what "the problem" was after Burke fired a gun in the cabin of the plane. Burke shot the pilots and himself, deliberately crashing the flight.
  • On that subject I am coy.
    • Who: Aaron Burr
    • Note: Burr was an atheist. His last words were a response to the efforts of his friend, Reverend P.J. Van Pelt, to get Burr to state that there was a God. Reported in Holmes Moss Alexander, Aaron Burr: The Proud Pretender‎ (1937), p. 356.
  • The corruption of the state shall fall. Governor Taft, you will not be re-elected. The rest of you, you know where you can go.
    • Who: John William Byrd, Jr.
    • Note: Byrd told his family he loved them and that they should keep fighting the death penalty. [4]
  • Now I shall go to sleep. Goodnight.
  • By the Lord of the Ka'bah, I have been successful.
    • Who: Ali ibn Abi Talib after being hit on the head with a poisoned sword, while leading the Morning Prayer, by Ibn Maljam, a fundamentalist.

CEdit

  • Acta est fabula, plaudite!
    • Translation: The play is over, applaud!
    • Who: Augustus Caesar
    • Attributed
    • This is the phrase said at the end of Roman plays.
  • 'και συ τεκνον;' (kai su, teknon?)
    • Translation: You too, my child?
    • Who: Julius Caesar
    • Note: Et tu, Brute is attributed to him by Shakespeare's famous play; his last words according to claims reported by Suetonius, were και συ τεκνον; (pronounced kai su, teknon? the phrase means "you too, my child?" in Greek, though his native tongue was Latin [De Vita Caesarum Liber I Divus Iulius, LXXXII]). Suetonius himself, however, actually discounts these claims, and asserts that Caesar said nothing as he died, apart from a groan. His definite last words according to Suetonius were instead "Why, this is violence!" In Shakespeare's play, there is a little more to the quote. The full quote is: "Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar." The entire quote means "Even [And] you, Brutus? Then all hope is lost and I shall fall." He thought Brutus would be on his side, but, discovering Brutus has stabbed him, gave up all hope of salvation.
  • Caiman here. No problems.
  • Vivo!
    • Translation: I live!
    • Who: Caligula (Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus), Roman Emperor, as he was being murdered by his own soldiers (as reported by Roman historian Tacitus).
  • I've got the bows up... I'm going!
    • Who: Donald Campbell
    • Context: Final radio transmission from Bluebird K7 as she lifted from the surface of Conniston Water, flipped bow over stern and smashed to pieces on the lake surface in January 1967. Campbell was attempting to set a new world water speed record exceeding 300mph. His first run was 297mph. The crash occurred on the return run. Had he completed it, it would have been fast enough to set a record exceeding 300mph.
  • Badly mishandled. Nose broken at last interrogation. My time is up. Was not a traitor. Did my duty as a German. If you survive, please tell my wife...
  • It's me, it's Buddy... I'm cold.
    • Who: Truman Capote, writer
    • Note: 'Buddy' was Capote's aunt's nickname for him.
  • 26th October last year, not 10 metres from where these men are now entombed, you had a 400-tonne rock fall. Why is it, is it the strength of the seam, or the wealth of the seam, that you continue to send men into work in such a dangerous environment?
    • Who: Richard Carleton, reporter for National Nine News. During a media conference that was held at Beaconsfield, Tasmania on 7 May 2006, Richard Carleton asked this question to Matthew Gill (mine manager of the Beaconsfield mine), in light of the Beaconsfield mine collapse. When Gill declined to answer the question, Carleton walked away and suffered a heart attack; he was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.
  • Milan: What a beautiful place to die.
    • Who: John Carradine
      • Note: He died from multiple organ failure at Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Milan, Italy at age 82. Hours before he was stricken, he had climbed the 328 steep steps of Milan's Gothic cathedral, the Duomo.
  • ¡No abandonéis a mis indios!
    • Translation: Don't abandon my indians!
    • Who: Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Mexican revolutionary, governor of Yucatán (executed)
  • I just wish I had time for one more bowl of chili.
    • Who: Kit Carson, American frontiersman
      • Note: His final words have also been reported as "Adios, compadres."
  • We got a bad fire! Let's get out - we're burning up...
    • Who: An Apollo 1 astronaut, probably Roger Chaffee. All three crew members perished in a launchpad fire, 1967.
  • Hello.
    • Who: Graham Chapman, Monty Python's comedian, to his adopted son who had just arrived at the hospital.
  • I go from a corruptible to an incorruptible Crown, where no disturbance can be, no disturbance in the world. Remember!
    • Who: Charles I, King of England, on the executioner's block, 30 January 1649
  • You must pardon me, gentlemen, for being a most unconscionable time a-dying.
  • Ay Jesus.
    • Who: Charles V, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and King of Spain , d. 1558
  • Why not? After all, it belongs to him
    • Who: Comedian Charlie Chaplin, d. 1977, said this after a priest was reading him his last rites and said "may the lord have mercy on your soul".
  • Yo no quiero morir, por favor no me dejen morir.
    • Translation: I don't want to die. Please don't let me die.
    • Who: Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela
  • I haven't had champagne for a long time.
    • Who: Anton Chekhov, playwright, 1904. His doctor had given him champagne after all other attempts to ease the symptoms of death from tuberculosis failed.
  • Take a step forward lads - it'll be easier that way.
  • As this earth will suffocate me, I implore you to have my body opened so that I will not be buried alive.
  • Not any more.
  • Play Mozart in memory of me— and I will hear you.
    • Who: Frederic Chopin, Polish composer and pianist.
    • Note: He had a neurotic fear of being buried alive.
    • The first quote was written on a note some hours before his death.
    • The second quote was spoken to his physician when asked if he was suffering greatly; he died about two hours later.
    • The third quote is what Chopin reportedly murmured on his death-bed (The opera reader, Biancolli, 1953, p. 271).
  • In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts and in living color, you are going to see another first -- attempted suicide.
    • Who: 30-year-old anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck, who, on July 15, 1974, during technical difficulties during a broadcast, said these words on-air before producing a revolver and shooting herself in the head (While she drew the gun on camera, the technicians quickly cut the video feed, but the gunshot could be clearly heard). She was pronounced dead in hospital fourteen hours later.
  • I'm so bored with it all.
  • There is nothing proper about what you are doing, soldier, but do try to kill me properly.
    • Who: Cicero, Roman statesman and orator
    • Note: These words are directed at Herennius, his assassin by order of Marc Antony, triumvir and co-ruler of Rome. Herennius was a centurion.
  • So here it is!
    • Who: Cleopatra
    • Note: "It" was the small asp which she allowed to bite her.
    • Note: Historians dispute the cause of her death. Many believe it was not an asp that she used to commit suicide, but rather some makeshift poison. (Source: Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra: A Life)
  • I have tried so hard to do right.
  • Absolutely not!
    • Who: Montgomery Clift, died 1966
    • Note: He was asked if he wanted to watch the movie "The Misfits" (in which he appeared) on TV.
  • Thank God. I'm tired of being the funniest person in the room.
    • Who: Del Close, improviser, teacher and comedian, died 1999
  • ...it's better to burn out than to fade away.
    • Who: Kurt Cobain
    • Note: the full context of his suicide note is available online.
  • Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking towards me, without hurrying.
  • Can you get a shot of this gun?
    • Who: Harry Collinson, Chief Planning Officer for Derwentside District Council.
    • Note: On 20 June 1991, Collinson was supervising the demolition of a bungalow that had been built by Albert Dryden without planning permission. Dryden produced an unlicensed pistol, and Collinson invited a BBC camera crew that were present to focus on it. Seconds later, Dryden opened fire, killing Collinson and injuring BBC reporter Tony Belmont and PC Stephen Campbell. Dryden was arrested after a stand-off, found guilty of murder and attempted murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a tariff of 13 years.
  • More Weight.
  • I curse you Corwin and all of Salem!
    • Who: Giles Corey, while being crushed during the Salem witch trials because he would not answer the court.
    • Note: The first line was said while being crushed during the Salem Witch Trials for refusing to answer the court. After long hours of pain, Corey then uttered the second quote and died.
  • Lady, you shot me!
    • Who: Sam Cooke, after being shot to death at the Hacienda Motel (now the Star motel).
  • Good morning, Robert.
  • I am guilty. My sentence is just: I deserve my fate. And may God have mercy on my soul.
    • Who: William Corder, moments before he was hanged on August 11, 1828, for the murder of Maria Marten at the Red Barn.
  • Wie bent u?
    • Translation: Who are you?.
    • Who: Count of Nychlenborch, Frisian freedom fighter.
    • Note: After being stabbed in the chest near the heart-area by unknown assassins, the old count asked who did it; on which the assassin replied: Death.
  • Goodnight, my darlings, I'll see you tomorrow.
    • Who: Noel Coward, playwright. Died of natural causes.
  • It don't matter; I figure I licked the Rock anyway.
    • Who: Bernard Coy, convicted criminal, shot while trying to escape Alcatraz prison (known as "The Rock")
  • Dammit ... Don't you dare ask God to help me.
    • Who: Joan Crawford. This comment was directed towards her housekeeper who began to pray aloud.
  • That was a great game of golf, fellers.
    • Who: Bing Crosby. He was playing the whole 18 holes of golf, even when his doctor said to only do nine. 20 minutes after the game, he suffered a fatal heart attack.
  • What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
    • Who: Crowfoot. His last beautiful words, 1890.
  • I am confound.
  • (also quoted as I am perplexed.)
    • Who: Aleister Crowley. British occultist, mystic, poet, mountain climber.
    • This is open to debate, because some sources report Crowley dying alone, and still other that he said "Sometimes I hate myself". [5] [6]
  • Hello. We're looking in. We're overlooking the financial center. Thr-Three of us. Two broken windows. OH GOD! OH--
    • Who: Kevin Cosgrove
    • Note: Heard in a 911 call to police during the September 11th attacks, from Cosgrove's office inside the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Cosgrove uttered these final words as the tower collapsed.
  • That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted.
    • Who: Lou Costello
    • Note: Published newspapers reporting his death have him asking the nurse to move him onto his side, and report last words as being "I think I'll be more comfortable."
  • Hurrah Boys! Let's get these last few reds then head on back to camp. Hurrah!
  • I killed the President because he was the enemy of the good people, the good working people. I am not sorry for my crime.
  • (through clenched teeth) I am sorry I could not see my father.
    • Who: Leon Czolgosz, assassin of US President William McKinley, electrocuted in 1901.
    • Note: He said the second line as he was being strapped on the electric chair.

DEdit

  • You know, I'm not frightened. It's just that I'll miss you all so much.
  • Ow, fuck!
    • Who: Roald Dahl
    • Note: First line said to his family. He then appeared to have lost consciousness, and the nurse decided to inject him with a lethal dose of morphine to ease his passing. After she did, Dahl said the second line right before dying.
  • I don't care if I live or die. Go ahead and kill me.
    • Who: Jeffrey Dahmer, Serial Killer
    • Note: According to fellow prisoner Christopher Scarver, who admitted to beating Dahmer to death with a "preacher bar" (part of a weight machine), these were his last words.
  • My only regret is that I'm going before that rat, Robespierre! [to his executioner] Don't forget to show my head to the people; it's well worth seeing.
  • Well, first of all I'd like to address the MacPhail family. I'd like to let you all know, despite the situation -- I know all of you are still convinced that I'm the person that killed your father, your son and your brother, but I am innocent. The incident that happened that night was not my fault. I did not have a gun that night. I did not shoot your family member. But I am so sorry for your loss. I really am -- sincerely. All I can ask is that each of you look deeper into this case, so that you really will finally see the truth. I ask my family and friends that you all continue to pray, that you all continue to forgive. Continue to fight this fight. For those about to take my life, may God have mercy on all of your souls. God bless you all.
    • Who: Troy Anthony Davis, high-profile death row inmate
    • Notes: Davis was executed for the murder of Officer Mark Allen MacPhail by lethal injection in Georgia on September 21, 2011, despite serious doubts about his guilt that lingered on prior to his death. [7]
  • Damn!
    • Who: First Officer James Dillard
    • Note: During take-off of American Airlines Flight 191, the Engine separated. Prior to the Black Box failing, Dillard was heard saying these words. Shortly afterward, the Plane crashed into the ground, killing all onboard including Dillard.
  • That guy's got to stop… He'll see us.
    • Who: James Dean
    • Note: Words said before dying in a car accident.
  • "Miss, I got what I really went for."
    • Who: Jeremy Wade Delle, shot himself in front of his classmates in 1991. Forever immortalized in the Pearl Jam song.
  • Do you have it now?
    • Who: John Denver
    • Note: Spoken via cockpit radio after transmitting a four digit code. On October 12, 1997, Denver was killed when his Experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Pacific Grove, California.
  • On the ground!
    • Who: Charles Dickens
    • Note: He suffered a stroke on a walk near his home, and asked to be laid down on the ground.
  • But how the devil do you think this could harm me?
    • Who: Denis Diderot, French encyclopedist, upon being warned by his wife not to eat too much.
  • Little Cousins, Called back.
    • Who: Emily Dickinson. Letter to Louise and Frances Norcross, May 1886.
    • Source: Johnson, Thomas H., ed. Emily Dickinson Selected Letters. Cambridge: Belknap, 1971.
  • I'm going to heaven.
    • Who: Bo Diddley as he lay dying on his deathbed with his family surrounding him.
  • Kurt Russell.
    • Who: Walt Disney
    • Note: Scrawled on a piece of paper. To this day, nobody knows what he meant by it, not even Kurt Russell, who was 15 at the time.
  • This is the fish of my dreams.
    • Who: Dan Dodds
    • Note: Dodds had caught a 20-lb. salmon, the biggest fish of his life. He turned to a stranger, said this quote, then fell into the river and died of a heart attack. The salmon was barbecued and eaten at his wake.
  • Don't let them put me in one of those bags, I might suffocate.
    • Who: Darragh Doyle spoken before dropping a live grenade at Omaha Beach.
  • Hit the water, hit the water, hit the water!
    • Who: Jane Dornacker as she was giving a traffic report for radio station WNBC via helicopter. The helicopter stalled and plummeted into the Hudson River while Jane was still on the air, unintentionally broadcasting her final moments all across the metropolitan New York City area. The helicopter's other occupant was seriously injured, but survived.
  • Shakespeare, I come!
  • I don’t know why Marta Glass wasn’t allowed in here. I love you all. Keep the faith. Remember the death penalty is murder. They are taking the life of an innocent man. My attorney, Ron Kuley, will read my letter at a press conference after this is over. That is all I have to say. I love you all.
    • Who: Robert Drew, d. August 2, 1994
    • Note: Executed by injection, Texas
  • You are going to hurt me, please don't hurt me, just one more moment, I beg you!
  • Do you hear the rain? Do you hear the rain?
    • Who: Jessica Dubroff, seven-year-old pilot speaking to her mother by telephone as the engines revved for takeoff, she (and her flight instructor) crashed minutes later in rough weather, April 11, 1996.
  • Adieu, mes amis, Je vais à la gloire!
    • Translation: "Farewell my friends, I go to glory!"
    • Who: Isadora Duncan
    • Note: Said before she got in her car to go home. Her scarf got caught around the wheel and strangled her instantly as the driver took off.
  • Please leave the room if this will offend you.
    • Who: R. Budd Dwyer, Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, before he placed the barrel of a .357 Magnum revolver into his mouth and pulled the trigger in front of TV news cameras that were videotaping what was originally presumed to be a press conference (Dwyer had been found guilty of accepting bribes, and professed his innocence to the literal last moments of his life. The press conference was held on what was to be the day before his sentencing). William Smith (the witness whose testimony was critical to Dwyer's conviction) said he lied under oath to get a lighter sentence.

EEdit

  • We are running on line north and south.
    • Who: Amelia Earhart
    • Note: Earhart famously disappeared on a flight over the Pacific. The above is the last confirmed radio transmission to her headquarters before vanishing.
  • Okay, just wondering.
    • Who: Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR Champion
    • Note: Radioed to Andy Pilgrim while driving caution laps with 21 laps to go in the Daytona 500, waiting for the last start in the race that took his life.
    • Note: The rest of the conversation was as follows: Earnhardt- "So, you got any advice for me here coming up?"; Pilgrim- "No, man, I haven't got any advice for you, just keep doing what you're doing."; Earnhardt-"Okay, just wondering"; Pilgrim- "Cheers, talk to you later." http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/10/ten-years-after-sharing-final-moments-and-a-drivers-seat-with/.
  • Suppose, suppose.
  • My work is done. Why wait?
  • So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies.
    • Who: Roger Ebert
    • Note: Final paragraph of his last public blog post, written two days before his passing
  • It's very beautiful over there.
    • Who: Thomas Edison
    • Note: Spoken to his wife as he lapsed in and out of consciousness. There is debate over if he meant the afterlife, or the view from his window.
  • In einem kurzen Weilchen, meine Herren, sehen wir uns ohnehin alle wieder. Das ist das Los aller Menschen. Es lebe Deutschland. Es lebe Argentinien. Es lebe Österreich. […] Ich werde sie nicht vergessen.
    • Translation: In a short while, gentlemen, we'll meet each other, anyway. That's every human's fortune. Long live Germany! Long live Argentina! Long live Austria! […] I won't forget them.
    • Who: Adolf Eichmann
    • Note: Before his execution at the 1st of June 1962 in Jerusalem
  • Citater fra...
    • Who: Albert Einstein
    • Note: When Einstein died on April 18, 1955 he left a piece of writing ending in an unfinished sentence. These were his last words:
      • In essence, the conflict that exists today is no more than an old-style struggle for power, once again presented to mankind in semireligious trappings. The difference is that, this time, the development of atomic power has imbued the struggle with a ghostly character; for both parties know and admit that, should the quarrel deteriorate into actual war, mankind is doomed. Despite this knowledge, statesmen in responsible positions on both sides continue to employ the well-known technique of seeking to intimidate and demoralize the opponent by marshaling superior military strength. They do so even though such a policy entails the risk of war and doom. Not one statesman in a position of responsibility has dared to pursue the only course that holds out any promise of peace, the course of supranational security, since for a statesman to follow such a course would be tantamount to political suicide. Political passions, once they have been fanned into flame, exact their victims ... Citater fra...
  • 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.
  • Papa, I hate you.
    • Who: Carmen Ellis, a three-year-old girl, beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend.
  • Are you all right?
    • Who: Belinda Emmett, Australian actress
    • Note: Spoken to her sister, Lesley Arthur.
  • Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life.
    • Who: George Engel, anarchist, union activist
    • Note: Shouted before his execution at the gallows.
  • Now why did I do that?
  • Ich sterbe.
    • Translation: I die.
    • Who: Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician and physicist

FEdit

  • We've reached one of our phase lines after the fire fight and it smells bad--meaning it's a little bit suspicious...Could be an amb--
    • Who: Bernard B. Fall
    • Notes: Dictated into his tape recorder before stepping on a landmine in Vietnam
  • [Being asked: "Have you ever pondered by yourself what will be your occupation in the next world?".]
    I shall be with Christ, and that is enough.
  • [Robbie Farah: "Mum, do you love me?"]
    I love you all.
    • Who: Sonia Farah, mother of Australian rugby football player Robbie Farah
  • Please don't leave me. Please don't leave me.
    • Who: Chris Farley
    • Said to a prostitute as she left his hotel room following a weekend-long drug and sex binge. When she turned around, Chris Farley had collapsed.
  • Es ist gar nichts… es ist gar nichts… (German)
    • Translation: It is nothing... it is nothing...
    • Who: Franz Ferdinand Archduke of Austria-Hungary
    • Whispered to Count Harrach as the Archduke fell unconscious after being shot; he died shortly without ever regaining consciousness. His death in Sarajevo in 1914 triggered the outbreak of World War I.
  • Fräls mig! (Swedish)
    • Translation: Save me! or rather Give me salvation
    • Who: Count Axel von Fersen.
      • Note: Fersen, who was Swedish marshal of the realm, was attacked in a mob riot during the burial procession of the crown prince, whose death wrongly was blamed on Fersen. The Count called for help from the Guard, but was killed before they could do anything.
  • Goddamn the whole fucking world and everyone in it except you, Carlotta!
  • The nourishment is palatable.
    • Who: Former US President Millard Fillmore
    • Notes: This was his response when his physician inquired about his food.
  • Nothing soothes pain like human touch.
  • If any of you have a message for the Devil, give it to me, for I am about to meet him!
    • Lavinia Fisher, hanged for murder on February 18, 1820, while wearing her white wedding dress gown.[8]
  • I am sorry to trouble you chaps. I don't know how you get along so fast with the traffic on the roads these days.
    • Who: Ian Fleming
    • Note: spoken to the ambulance drivers.
  • I've had a hell of a lot of fun and I've enjoyed every minute of it.
  • You can stop now; I'm already dead.
    • Who: Abigail Folger
      • Note: Folger said this to her attackers, members of the Manson Family, after being stabbed repeatedly in the home of her friend Sharon Tate. Folger had first been injured in the house before running to the front lawn and collapsing, where she said her last words and died while being continually stabbed.
  • I am thankful for the kind treatment during my captivity and I ask God to accept me with mercy.
    • Who: Hans Frank
      • Note: At the gallows, Frank, one of the only two war criminals to show true remorse for his crimes during the Nuremberg trials and sentencing, quietly answered to his name and calmly said these words before he was hanged.
  • A dying man can do nothing easily.
    • Who: Benjamin Franklin
      • Note: As he lay dying, his daughter suggested that if he lay on his side, he could breathe easier.
  • Throw a quilt over her.
  • Das ist nicht wahr! Ich werde in der Montur sterben? (German)
  • Das gute Essen (German)
    • Translation: The good meal
    • Who: Fredrik I of Sweden
    • Note: He probably meant the Holy Communion although one of the king's favourite activities was to eat.
  • Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? 'French Fries'!
    • Who: James French.
    • Notes: French, a convicted murderer, was sentenced to the electric chair. He shouted these words to members of the press who were to witness his execution.
  • Tell Anna of our talk.
    • Who: Sigmund Freud
    • Note: Anna was Freud's daughter. Freud had been in agony for some months due to oral cancer and had previously discussed with his physician that he wished to be euthanized rather than endure prolonged suffering.
  • To die will be an awfully big adventure.
    • Charles Frohman, reported in The Dictionary of National Biography, 1931–1940, p. 49. As he plunged to his death on the Lusitania, he quoted this line from his friend, J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan, act III (1930), final sentence, p. 94.
  • She is squeezing my hand!
    • Who: Buckminster Fuller
    • Note: In the period leading up to his death, his wife had been lying comatose in a Los Angeles hospital, dying of cancer. It was while visiting her there that he exclaimed, at a certain point: "She is squeezing my hand!" He then stood up, suffered a heart attack and died an hour later. His wife died 36 hours after he did.

GEdit

  • Kiss my ass! You'll never find the rest!
    • Who: John Wayne Gacy
    • Note: Gacy's last words before being executed by lethal injection. The "rest" refers to the bodies of his other victims.
  • Don't shoot me! Don't shoot me!
  • Don't kill me, my sons!
  • What did I do to you? Do you know right from wrong?
  • What are you doing? It's haraam [forbidden]. It's not allowed in Islamic law. Haraam. What you are doing is forbidden in Islam!
    • Who: Muammar Gaddafi
    • Note: All of the above were allegedly heard as Gaddafi was dragged through the streets. As of the 23rd of October 2011, there is no officially accepted version of the death of Muammar Gaddafi.
  • Mother, I'm going to get my things and get out of this house. Father hates me and I'm never coming back.
    • Who: Marvin Gaye
    • Note: Moments later, Gaye was fatally shot by his father, Marvin Gaye, Sr.
  • 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.
    • Who: Johnny Frank Garrett, Sr., d. February 11, 1992
    • Note: Executed by injection, Texas.
  • Hero! A real hero!
    • Who: Genghis Khan
    • Note: Those were presumably Genghis Khan's last words according to legend.
  • Ne pleure pas, Alfred ! J'ai besoin de tout mon courage pour mourir à vingt ans !
    • Translation: Don't cry, Alfred! I need all my courage to die at twenty!
    • Who: Mathematician Evariste Galois
    • Notes: Spoken to his brother Alfred after being fatally wounded in a duel.
  • Don't worry, relax!
    • Who: Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister.
    • Notes: To his security staff, allowing the suicide bomber to go near him as if to give flowers.
  • Hé Ram!
    • Translation: This is an exclamation to Ram (or Rama), who in Hindu traditions is one of the manifestations of Vishnu. Hé Ram means "O! lord Ram!". (This is invoking the name of Rama, rather than an expression of surprise)
    • Who: Mohandas Gandhi.
    • Note: These words were reportedly spoken after Gandhi had been shot. According to his assassin Godse, Gandhi just made a “Uh …” kind of sound and slid down and the above words were inserted by the Congress.
  • [To his chief of staff, David G. Swaim] Oh Swaim, there is a pain here. Swaim, can't you stop this? Oh, oh, Swaim!
  • Ça fait mal là or Ça fait mal ici
  • Fifty-fifty.
    • Who: Lou Gehrig
    • Note: Mouthed these words to his wife Eleanor.
  • There'll always be a Meersman.
    • Who: Gary Gilmore
    • Before his execution by firing squad in Utah on January 17, 1977. This was first execution in the United States after 10-years moratorium
    • After being asked for any last words, Gilmore simply replied, "Let's do it." The Rev. Thomas Meersman, the Roman Catholic prison chaplain, imparted Gilmore's last rites. After the prison physician cloaked him in a black hood, Gilmore uttered his last words to the Father Meersman:
      Gary: Dominus vobiscum (Latin translation: "The Lord be with you.")
      Meersman: Et cum spiritu tuo ("And with your spirit")
      Gary (grinning): There'll always be a Meersman.
      TIME Magazine, ed. "After Gilmore, Who's Next to Die", Time Magazine 31 Jan. 1977. Time.com. TIME Magazine Publisher: Time Inc. Web. 23 July 2009.
  • I'd rather be fishing
    • Who: Jimmy L. Glass
    • Before his execution in Louisiana electric chair, 1987
  • I always knew what I was doing.
    • Who: Jackie Gleason
    • Note: to Audrey Meadows, via telephone, according to Meadows' book Love, Alice: My Life as a Honeymooner. Gleason died a week later on June 24, 1987.
  • New you, new york, big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems. (sent via Twitter account on 25 August 2009)
    • Who Adam Goldstein (aka "DJ AM")
    • Note: He was found dead in his apartment three days later on 28 August 2009 after friends called police when they were unable to contact him for several days. While it is not known to be his last words, this was his last contact with friends and family.
  • Mehr Licht.
    • Translation: More light.
    • Who: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • It is also reported that "Come my little one, and give me your hand." were the last words he declared to his daughter-in-law Ottilie.
    • Another version reported is "Nichts mehr" (nothing more)
  • No! I didn't come here to make a speech. I came here to die.
    • Who: Crawford Goldsby, aka Cherokee Bill, when asked if he had anything to say before he was hanged.
  • 馬鹿者!馬鹿者! (Bakamono! Bakamono!!)
    • (also quoted as Bakayaro! Bakayaro!)
    • Translation: Idiots! Idiots!
    • Who: Admiral Aritomo Gotō's last words to his staff, believing to have been hit by friendly fire, October 11, 1942
  • 'I really need a therapist'
    • Who: Christopher Grace, an actor who killed himself during a matinee performance of Grease.
  • I created a flag from the sport’s dignity. I oversee the name of my family with affection, steady nerves and blood.
    • Who: Hélio Gracie, co-founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, or modern-day Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • I did not get my Spaghetti-O's, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.
    • Who: Thomas J. Grasso, d. March 20, 1995
    • Note: Executed by injection, Oklahoma.
  • I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man."
"Know this now, you are killing a man."
These reportedly were his last words, spoken to Sergeant Jaime Terán, who in different accounts had either volunteered to be his executioner, or been selected by lot. Because of the many different reports that have arisen, much confusion and uncertainty exists about his actual last words. His last words to Colonel Arnaldo Saucedo Parada, head of intelligence of the Eighth Division who delivered the official report on Che's final moments were reported as: "I knew you were going to shoot me; I should never have been taken alive. Tell Fidel that this failure does not mean the end of the revolution, that it will triumph elsewhere. Tell Aleida to forget this, remarry and be happy, and keep the children studying. Ask the soldiers to aim well." Some also report his final words as those he reportedly declared when he surrendered: "Don't shoot, I am Che Guevara and I am worth more to you alive than dead." At one point early in the confusions General Ovando, Chief of Bolivian Armed Forces, declared that he had died in battle, and that just before dying he had declared: "I am Che Guevara and I have failed" these are sometimes accepted as his last words, though subsequent reports have generally discredited that initial account.
  • Summary of various accounts of Che Guevara's Death at George Washington University
  • Apparently, this news is meant to mislead us.
    • These are actually his last written words: They are the last paragraph of Che's last writing, "Bolivian Diary", which is the log Che kept during the Bolivian operations. Che is referring to information that he had about the ambush that the Bolivian army had prepared, and during which Che was arrested.
  • Au moins, je meurs célèbre
    • Translation: '"At least I die famous.'"
    • Who: Albert Guay
      • Note: Before being executed for bombing a passenger flight.
  • Glory hallelujah! I am with the Lord, Glory, ready, go!
    • Who: Charles Guiteau, assassin of US President James A. Garfield hanged in 1882
  • ...and now for a final word from our sponsor...
    • Who: Charles Gussman, a television writer who wrote for the soap opera Days of Our Lives.
  • Ich bin der König von Schweden - gewesen.
    • Translation: I have been the king of Sweden. Note: The German perfect of "be," "I have been," is constructed with a finite form of "be" (here "bin") and its participle ("gewesen"). Without "gewesen" at the end, one would translate "I am the king of Sweden." Thus the weight of the sentence rests on an untranslatable bit of grammatical cleverness. A roughly equivalent English phrasing would be "I am the king of Sweden… no more".
    • Who: Gustavus II Adolphus of Sweden
      • Note: Said to an imperial soldier at the battle of Lützen.
  • Jag känner mig sömnig, ett kort ögonblicks vila skulle göra mig gott.
    • Translation: I feel sleepy, a short time of rest would do me good.
    • Who: Gustavus III of Sweden. He had been shot at a masquerade ball two weeks earlier.
  • Yes, it's tough, but not as tough as doing comedy.
    • Who: Edmund Gwenn, actor, d. September 6, 1959
      • Note: When asked if he thought dying was tough.

HEdit

  • Lat det være, Marie, - jeg dør nu.
    • Translation: Leave it be, Marie - I'm dying now.
    • Note: To his wife, Marie, when she attempts to correct his pillow. Knut Hamsun slept the last two days of his life, with his wife by his side.
    • Who: Knut Hamsun
  • I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
    • Who: Nathan Hale, American spy, hanged in 1776, according to the account by William Hull based on reports by John Montresor. This has also been quoted as: I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country. Some speculation exists that he might have been repeating or paraphrasing lines from Joseph Addison's play Cato: What pity is it that we can die but once to serve our country.
  • Southerly gales, squalls, lee rail under water, wet bunks, hard tack, bully beef, wish you were here — instead of me!
    • Who: Richard Halliburton, last known communication from the Chinese junk Sea Dragon at sea, March 23 1939
  • This is a mortal wound, doctor. And then, to his wife, Remember, my Eliza, you are a Christian.
  • Sleep well, my sweetheart. Please don't worry too much.
  • Liberemus diuturna cura populum Romanum, quando mortem senis exspectare longum censent.
    • Translation: Let us ease the Roman people of their continual care, who think it long to await the death of an old man.
    • Who: Hannibal
  • That's good. Go on, read some more.
    • Who: Warren G. Harding, to his wife, who was reading him flattering newspaper accounts.
  • Everything is an illusion.
    • Who: Mata Hari
    • Note: Spoken to a visitor before she faced a firing squad. The words reflect the Eastern mysticism which had long fascinated her.
  • "Where is Aunt Jetty? Hope she didn't run out on me..."
  • It was the food! Don't touch the food!
    • Who: Richard Harris, actor.
    • Note: Spoken to fellow hotel guests, as he was wheeled through the foyer by paramedics.
  • You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the Grim Reaper.
  • Love one another.
  • Do you want me to come with you?
  • Who: George Harrison, who died from cancer on November 29, 2001. The first set of words were the last he said to his wife and son, the second were the last he said to his Beatles band mate Ringo Starr, jokingly in response to Ringo stating he would go to visit his sick daughter
  • Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of the government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more.
    • Who: William Henry Harrison, ninth president of the United States and the first to die in office.
    • Note: He spoke those words to his doctor, which were intended for John Tyler.
  • Ooh, the Godfather! Just saying his name makes my blue blood boil! Ooh, the Godfather, my arch-nemesis! He represents everything that's wrong with the WWF! But fear not, because I, the Blue Blazer, will always triumph over evil-doers! And you know why? Because I always take my vitamins, say my prayers, and drink my milk! WHOOOO!
    • Who: Owen Hart, Canadian professional wrestler.
    • Note: Spoken before a match as the Blue Blazer, versus the Godfather, where during his entrance he suffered his fatal fall. Although these may not be technically his last words, they are the last words the public heard him say.
  • Gentlemen, I bid you farewell…
    • Who: Wallace Hartley, to his fellow band mates before the Titanic sank, April 15, 1912.
    • Note: One survivor who clambered aboard Collapsible A distinctly heard Hartley say these words before he and the band were swept off the deck by the sea.
  • Children be comforted, I am well.
    • Who: Joseph Haydn
    • Note: Haydn's last words, as Napoleon's troops lay siege upon Vienna.
  • Critter five-ninety-two, we need the, uh, closest airport available.
    • Who: First Officer Richard Hazen, ValuJet 592, last recorded words before crashing into the Everglades due to in-flight fire on May 11, 1996.
  • Be inspired.
    • Who: Heavy D, American rapper.
    • Note: Final tweet sent by the rapper before collapsing outside his Beverly Hills home in 2011. [9]
  • Dieu me pardonnera, c'est son métier.
    • Translation: God will forgive me. It is his profession.
    • Who: Heinrich Heine
  • Goodnight, my kitten.
  • The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again.
    • Who: Jimi Hendrix
    • Note: Said in a poem found next to him on his deathbed. The following was the final sentence in the poem.
  • Turn up the lights— I don't want to go home in the dark.
    • Who: O. Henry (William Sydney Porter), June 5, 1910
  • All is lost! Monks, Monks, Monks! So, now all is gone - Empire, Body, and Soul!.
  • I am innocent, innocent, innocent. Make no mistake about this. I owe society nothing. I am an innocent man and something very wrong is taking place tonight.
    • Who: Lionel Herrera d. May 12, 1993
    • Note: Executed by injection, Texas.
  • And now, I am officially dead.
    • Who: Abram S. Hewitt, industrialist. He had just removed the oxygen tube from his mouth in the hospital.
  • I've said all that I've had to say.
    • Who: Bill Hicks
    • Note: Hicks didn't die until 11 days later, but he quit speaking after saying this.
  • Goodbye Bill. I die like a true blue rebel. Don't waste any time in mourning. Organize.
    • Who: Joe Hill, in a letter to Bill Haywood, leader of the Industrial Workers of the World, before he was led to his execution by firing squad.
    • It should be noted, however, that after he heard the words of the executioner, "Ready... aim..." Hill shouted out his actual final word as a command: Fire! [10]
  • Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub.
    • Who: Conrad Hilton when asked if he had any last words of wisdom.
  • Ich bin Heinrich Himmler.
  • One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes.
  • I myself and my wife - in order to escape the disgrace of deposition or capitulation - choose death. It is our wish to be burnt immediately on the spot where I have carried out the greatest part of my daily work in the course of a twelve years' service to my people.
  • Above all, I charge the leadership of the nation and their followers with the strict observance of the racial laws and with merciless resistance against the universal poisoners of all peoples, international Jewry.
    • These are the last sentences in Adolf Hitler's last will and political testament respectively. They were issued on 29 April 1945, 4:00 AM. Hitler committed suicide with his long-time girlfriend and recently married wife Eva Braun the next day. These texts serve as his last confirmed words. http://www.auschwitz.dk/Will.htm.
  • I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.
  • You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan.
    • Who: Richard Holbrooke (d. 2010), American diplomat. Words to his Pakistani surgeon, as reported in The Washington Post (December 14, 2010).
  • This is funny.
    • Who: Doc Holliday
    • Doc Holliday was a consumptive gunfighter. He always thought, and perhaps hoped, that he would die in a fight or "with his boots on". He died in a hotel bed from tuberculosis. These last words were uttered after seeing his feet with boots off.
  • Lewis Strauss is one of my best friends.
  • Surprise me.
    • Who: Bob Hope
    • Note: Spoken to his wife when asked where he wanted to be buried.
  • I'm tired of fighting! I guess this thing is going to get me.
    • Who: Harry Houdini
    • Houdini is often said to have died after being punched in the stomach before having a chance to tighten his abdominal muscles. This is a fabrication. Houdini was punched in the stomach, however doctors agree such a blow could not have caused his appendix to burst, which is what happened and is the cause of his death.
  • No. I don't believe so.
    • Who: Rock Hudson
    • Note: Spoken to Tom Clark, who asked if he wanted another cup of coffee.
  • C'est ici le combat du jour et de la nuit. Je vois de la lumière noire.
    • Translation: This is the fight of day and night. I see black light.
    • Who: Victor Hugo
  • Roger, uh, b-
    • Who: Colonel Rick Husband, commander of the doomed space shuttle mission STS-107.
    • Note: The transmission from the Columbia cut out mid-sentence shortly before the shuttle disintegrated during earth interface.
  • Ashhadu an la ilaha ill-Allah, wa Muhammadu… (I swear that there is no God but God and Muhammad… [is his prophet]) which is the Shahadah, the Muslim affirmation of faith.
    • Who: Saddam Hussein
    • Saddam's last words at gallows when the trap door was released. He was hanged before he could finish the prayer. [11]
    • Apart from this prayer, his last words were Heya hay il marjala…? (Is this your manhood…?) responding to the shoutings of the hooded hangmen, “Muqtada, Muqtada, Muqtada,” in reference to Muqtada al-Sadr, the powerful and radical Shi'ite cleric who is a major power behind Shi’ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [12]
    • Others have accounted his last words were Go to hell! and Palestine is Arab!.
  • LSD, 100 micrograms I.M.
    • Who: Aldous Huxley in a note to his wife. She obliged and he was injected twice before his death.

IEdit

  • Tvert imot!
    • Translation: On the contrary!
    • Who: Henrik Ibsen
    • context: This was his response to a nurse who told a visitor he was a little better.
  • I am better now.
    • Who: Robert G. Ingersoll
    • Context: Ingersoll used these same words in his eulogy for his brother, Ebon, saying, "He who sleeps here, when dying, mistaking the approach of death for the return of health, whispered with his latest breath, ' I am better now.' Let us believe, in spite of doubts and dogmas, of fears and tears, that these dear words are true of all the countless dead."
  • I have to set my pillows one more night, when will this end already?
    • Who: Washington Irving - American author
    • Context: said to his niece as he readied himself for bed, whereupon he suffered a stroke and collapsed at the age of 70.
  • Don't worry, they usually don't swim backwards.
  • I'm dying.
    • Who: Steve Irwin A.K.A The Crocodile Hunter
    • Context: Said when he was examining a Stingray in the Great Barrier Reef. It did, however, swim backwards and the tail pierced his chest. He died of bloodloss later.
    • During an interview on Australian TV show Studio 10, cameraman Justin Lyons said the second of these quotes were Irwin's final words; while Lyons tried to reassure him, Irwin "sort of calmly looked up at [Lyons] and said, ‘I’m dying’. And that was the last thing he said".
  • 話せばわかる. (Hanaseba wakaru.)
    • Translation: Let's have a conversation, and we'll understand each other.
    • Who: Inukai Tsuyoshi - Prime Minister of Japan
    • Context: Said just before he was assassinated by naval officers in a coup d'état May 15 Incident. Although he gently invited them to his parlor and tried to have a meaningful conversation, their response was "問答無用. (Mondo muyo.)" ("No Argument.")

JEdit

  • Oh, do not cry - be good children and we will all meet in heaven.
  • Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.
  • Please, please give me some.
    • Who: Michael Jackson
    • Note: Asking Dr. Conrad Murray for drugs. Shortly after saying this, he died of an overdose.
  • That picture is awful dusty.
    • Who: Jesse James
    • While in his home, James climbed on a chair to dust a framed picture hanging on the wall. When he turned around, he was shot in the back of the head by Robert Ford, his former associate.
  • I am dying. Please ... bring me a toothpick.
    • Who: Alfred Jarry, absurdist writer and playwright.
    • Note: These last words, for a time, were considered a final expression of his absurdist humor; a doctor asserted that they were perfectly understandable due to his dehydration.
  • "Is it the Fourth?" [Doctor Robley Dunglison: "It soon will be."] "I resign my spirit to God, my daughter to my country."
    • Who: Thomas Jefferson
    • Jefferson died on July 4, 1826. This was the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence, which was written mostly by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson's great political rival, John Adams — later a correspondent and friend — died the same day a few hours later. Among Adam's last words were the utterance of Thomas Jefferson's name.
  • I die knowing now who I am.
    • Who: Billy Ji
    • Chinese psychoanalyst in the 1960s who died of liver cirrhosis.
  • Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.
    • Who: Jesus of Nazareth. Last words according to Luke 23:46 : "And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost." (KJV)
    • It is finished.
      • Last words according to John 19:30 : "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit." (KJV)
    • Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani? (God, God, why have you forsaken me?)
      • The last words (among very few) that are preserved of the Aramaic which Jesus spoke, and the last recorded words prior to his death in the books of Mark and Matthew. (Mark 15:34 & Matthew 27:46), and is an Aramaicized rendition of Psalms 22:1.
    • All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
      • Last words after the resurrection of Jesus according to Matthew 28:18-20

See Acts 1:7-8 for Jesus' last words before His Ascension.

  • "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."
  • I greet you, my eternal Germany.
    • Sometimes reported as: My greetings to you, my Germany.
    • Who: Alfred Jodl, Nazi military officer
    • Note: Jodl made this statement before he was executed by hanging.
  • I will see you tomorrow, if God wills it.
  • Amen.
  • Pozwólcie mi pójść do domu Ojca (Polish for "Let me go to the house of the Father")
  • My right side is paralyzed. I need no doctor. I can overcome my own troubles.
    • Who: Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States
    • Note: Spoken to his granddaughter, who was about to send for a doctor.
  • Send Mike immediately!
    • Who: Lyndon Johnson
    • Note: said to a Secret Service agent over an in-house telephone.
  • I want to sleep.
    • Who: Mór Jókai
    • As quoted in Dictionary of Last Words (1955) by Edward S. LeComte. LeComte cites Budapest Daily Szabad Ifjusag May 4, 1954, on authority of Mr. Istan Csicsery-Ronay. LeComte, Edward S. (1954). Dictionary of Last Words. New York, NY: Philosophical Library.. .
  • This is it! I'm going. I'm going.
  • HMO's are in it for the money. Live free, love safe or die.
    • Who: Daniel V. Jones, on a banner he presented on a Los Angeles freeway shortly before shooting himself on live television in May 1998. Jones had previously expressed resentment at his HMO for their inadequate treatment of his cancer and HIV-infection.
  • ...take our life from us, we laid it down, we got tired. We didn't commit suicide. We committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world.
  • In death as in life, I defy the Jews who caused this last war, and I defy the power of darkness which they represent. I warn the British people against the crushing imperialism of the Soviet Union. May Britain be great once again and the hour of the greatest danger in the West may the standard be raised from the dust, crowned with the words – you have conquered nevertheless. I am proud to die for my ideals and I am sorry for the sons of Britain who have died without knowing why.
  • Note: Joyce made this statement prior to his execution by hanging for treason.
  • Vicisti, Galilæe
    • Translation: You have won, O Galilean
    • Who: Emperor Julian, having attempted to reverse the official endorsement of Christianity by the Roman Empire.

KEdit

  • I hope the exit is joyful and hope never to return.
  • Don't worry…it's not loaded…
    • Who: Terry Kath, rock musician in the band Chicago
    • context: As he put the gun he was cleaning to his head and pulled the trigger. Though the gun had no magazine in it, Kath was unaware that a bullet was already in the chamber; he was killed instantly.
  • Ille facit.
    • Translation: He will do it.
    • Who: Karl IX of Sweden
      • Note: Said about his son, Gustavus Adolphus the Great, who made Sweden a great power.
  • Herre Jesus, anamma min ande.
    • Translation: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
    • Who: Karl XI of Sweden
  • Var intet rädd.
    • Translation: Don't be afraid.
    • Who: Karl XII of Sweden
      • Note: Said to his officers when they expressed concern about him being in the trenches under the siege of Fredriksten. Minutes later he was killed.
  • Oscar, Oscar, nous nous défendrons.
    • Translation: Oscar, Oscar, we shall defend ourselves.
    • Who: Karl XIV Johan of Sweden-Norway
      • Note: Said to his son, crown prince Oscar.
  • Kommer jag att plågas mycket?
    • Translation: Will I be in much pain?
    • Who: Karl XV of Sweden-Norway
  • Walter Pidgeon.
    • Who: English actor Boris Karloff
      • These were the final words he was heard to speak as he drifted in and out of sleep on his final day. It confused and distressed his wife Evie, since Karloff hadn't mentioned Pidgeon in years.
  • Ah well I suppose it has come to this… Such is life.
    • Who: Australian bush ranger Ned Kelly as he was hanged in the Melbourne Jail on November 11th 1880.
  • I wish I could go with you.
    • Who: Walt Kelly, Cartoonist
      • Spoken to his wife, Selby Kelly, as she visited him in the hospital. According to her, he was lapsing in and out of consciousness. She told him she was going for coffee, unaware if he could hear her, and he said those words. She stayed by his side until he died from diabetes complications.
  • No, you certainly can't.
    • Who: John F. Kennedy
    • context: This was said in reply to Nellie Connally, wife of Governor John Connally, commenting "You certainly can't say Dallas doesn't love you, Mr. President." [3] Kennedy gave his reply just after the Main-to-Houston Street turn (with photos and films even showing him leaning in towards Mrs. Connally on Houston Street to reply to her). Look at 0:24 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo6ik2Zti6k He was assassinated seconds later.
      • Note: Agent Roy Kellerman who was riding in the front seat of the car when the President was shot, testified that when the first shot rang out, he thought he heard the president say "My God, I'm hit!" But the others riding in the car testified that Kennedy "never made any sound" during the shooting; It is most likely that Kellerman was mis-attributing and misremembering John Connally's "My God, they're going to kill us all!" Mrs. Kennedy and the Connallys were unanimous that Kennedy said nothing during the shooting, and the Texas Governor's cry after being shot is the only thing said in the limousine that would even remotely fit what Kellerman heard.
  • Don't lift me.
    • Who: Robert F. Kennedy
    • context: whispered to medical attendants when lifted onto a stretcher and seconds before he fell into a coma. He died in the early morning hours of the next day.
  • I'll be in Hell before you start breakfast! Let her rip!
    • Who: Tom "Black Jack" Ketchum, notorious train robber
    • context: Said after springing up the gallow steps to his execution; the rope was too long, and he was decapitated. [13][14]
  • "I don’t want to die. I don’t want to die." "But why?" "Okay, Okay, Okay.’
    • Who; SAM KINSON - (Comedian) Words spoken as he lay on the ground after a car wreck. Witness report it was like he was having a conversation with someone he knew. Whatever voice was talking to him gave him the right answer and he just relaxed with it. He said it so sweet, like he was talking to someone he loved." Kinson then lost consciousness. Efforts to resuscitate him failed. Kinison died at the scene from internal injuries. He was just thirty eight years old.
  • Minä elän.
    • Translation: I live. (Literally: I live)
    • Who: Aleksis Kivi
  • Now excuse me, I have to go.
    • Who: Satoshi Kon
    • Note: The last sentence written out in a long letter.
  • My heart and soul will be with the fate of the Imperial nation.
    • Who: Tadamichi Kuribayashi
    • context: Although nobody knows exactly how Kuribayashi died, these are the final lines of his last message to Imperial Headquarters.

LEdit

  • Muero con mi patria!
    • Translation: I die with my country!
    • Who: Francisco Solano Lopez
    • Died during the Battle of Cerro Cora on March 1, 1870.
  • I'm a fucking doctor.
    • Who: R. D. Laing
    • He suffered a fatal heart attack in public, and as people gathered round the spot someone said 'Get a doctor.'
  • "I wish I was skiing." [Nurse: "Oh, Mr. Laurel, do you ski?"] "No, but I'd rather be skiing than doing what I'm doing."
  • Tell the men to fire faster! Don't give up the ship! Fight her till she sinks!
    • Who: James Lawrence, later used as naval ensign by his friend Commodore Perry. According to Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989), the only documented source is the blue battle-flag inscribed with these words ordered and used by Oliver Hazard Perry as a signal during the battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813. Although popularly attributed to Captain James Lawrence as his dying words during a battle with a British frigate off the coast of Boston on June 1, 1813, there remains the possibility these words were not his, but those of someone reporting the battle. For other attributed sources and theories, see Burton Stevenson, ed., Macmillan Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Famous Phrases (1965), p. 2091; Charles C. Bombaugh, Facts and Fancies for the Curious (1905), p. 388–89; William S. Walsh, Hand-Book of Literary Curiosities (1929), p. 1004–5; Dictionary of American History (1976), rev. ed., vol. 2, p. 364; and Motor Boating (October 1965), p. 72.
  • Beautiful.
    • Who: Timothy Leary He also is known to have repeatedly said "Why Not" with various inflections prior to this, and these are often reported as his final words.
  • Rush hour!
    • Who: Jason Leffler
    • Note: Description of a post on Instagram of a horse pulling a cart. It's unknown what his real last words were.
  • Yes, I am.
  • I'm shot. I'm shot.
    • Who: John Lennon
      • Note: Whilst sitting in the back of a police car on the way to the hospital after the officers had asked him if he was John Lennon. While widely reported highly likely doubtful. "Yes, I am," in response to, "Are You John Lennon?" is frequently cited as Lennon's "Last Words." The myth is based on the story that the police officer did not recognize someone as famous as John Lennon (and Yoko would have been present too). This is actually a restatement or twisting of the question the officer did likely ask: "Do you know who you are" which would have been an attempt to determine Lennon's level of consciousness. Different versions have him answering or not in different manners, some state he said he was John Lennon. That is doubtful, Lennon's mouth was bleeding profusely at this point. More likely, the alternative version is accurate, that Lennon slightly nodded (or appeared to nod) and could only manage a gurgling sound from his throat before he lost consciousness totally. This concurs with reports of levels of severity of his injuries. Lennon's blood loss was so great, before the police arrived that the concierge at The Dakota realizing the severity of the injuries, simply covered Lennon with his uniform's jacket and removed his blood covered glasses then summoned police. Also, Lennon's last words of "I'm shot" were spoken seconds after he was shot as he staggered a number of steps toward the lobby of the Dakota. Sources for this include discussion in the Last Words reference book, Last Words of Notable People -- Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History by William B. Brahms which also cites the Lennon biography, John Ono Lennon Volume 2, 1967-1980 by Ray Coleman ). Brahms, William B. (2010). Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History. Haddonfield, NJ: Reference Desk Press, Inc. p. 399. ISBN 978-09765325-2-1. ; Coleman, Ray (1984). John Ono Lennon Volume 2, 1967-1980. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. ISBN 978-07088274-0-6. .
  • Dad, dad, someone is shooting.
    • Who: Gunnar Linaker
    • Note: Linaker was calling his father from the Labor Youth Party camp in Norway on July 22, 2011 when he noticed a gunman shooting before he hung up. Linaker was among the 69 victims in the shooting.
  • Sacrifices must be made!
    • Who: Otto Lilienthal
    • Note: These were his last words to his brother before he succumbed to the injury.
  • She won't think anything about it.
    • Who: Abraham Lincoln, as quoted in Famous Last Words‎ (1961) by Barnaby Conrad
    • Note: Stated after Mary Lincoln had asked him what Clara Harris sitting next to them might think of them holding hands. Lincoln's final utterance was laughter; During the performance of the play Our American Cousin, the last words Lincoln heard was the funniest line of the play, "Don't know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal; you sockdologizing old man-trap." Lincoln was laughing at this line when he was shot.[4] Lincoln immediately lost consciousness, but he passed into unconsciousness with laughter and a smile on his face; Katherine M. Evans, a young actress in the play, who was offstage when Lincoln was shot but rushed onstage after Booth's exit stated "I looked and saw President Lincoln unconscious, his head dropping on his breast,his eyes closed, but with a smile still on his face".[5] Sarah Vowell, in her riveting and powerful book "Assassination Vacation", speaks about how, "it is a comfort of sorts to know that the bullet hit Lincoln mid-guffaw. Considering how the war had weighed on him, at least his last conscious moment was a hoot." Doctors moved the president to a boarding house across the street. He died the following morning.
      • Note: There is some debate as to whether or not these were Lincoln's last words. After Mary Lincoln's death, an article "The Later Life and Religious Sentiments of Abraham Lincoln" was published, in Scribner's Monthly, Vol. VI (May - October 1873), p. 343 with the claim by Rev. Dr. Miner, Pastor of the first Baptist Church of Springfield, that Mary had told him that on the day Lincoln was assassinated, he told her at Ford's theater that he desired to visit the Holy Land; "The very last moments of his conscious life were spent in conversation with her about his future plans, and what he wanted to do when his term of office expired. He said he wanted to visit the Holy Land and see the places hallowed by the footprints of the Saviour. He was saying there was no city he so much desired to see as Jerusalem; and with that word half spoken on his tongue, the bullet of the assassin entered his brain, and the soul of the great and good President was carried by angels to the New Jerusalem above." If true, this would make Lincoln last words "There is no place I so much desire to see as Jerusalem."[6]
  • I think I'm going to make it!
    • Who: Richard Loeb, half of the famous murderers Leopold and Loeb; said after being slashed ninety times with a razor by a fellow inmate.
  • Hey - what's happening here?
    • Who: Captain Robert Loft of Eastern Air Lines flight 401
    • Note: The December 29, 1972 crash of Eastern Air Lines flight 401 was a result of the flight crew's failure to recognize a deactivation of the autopilot during their attempt to troubleshoot a malfunction of the landing gear position indicator system. As a result, the flight gradually lost altitude while the flight crew was preoccupied and eventually crashed. It was the first crash of a wide-body aircraft and, at the time, the deadliest in the United States.
  • Does my face look strange?
    • Who: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Note: Spoken to his wife before collapsing from a cerebral hemorrhage.
  • Allah, save this country! Pakistan zindabad!
    • Who: Liaquat Ali Khan, first Prime Minister of Pakistan, spoke to the nation after being shot.
    • Translation: "Pakistan zindabad" means "Long live Pakistan."
  • Opfer müssen gebracht werden!
    • Translation: Sacrifices must be made!
    • Who: Otto Lilienthal pioneer of human aviation, after on 9 August 1896 a gust of wind fractured his wing and he fell from a height of 17 m (56 ft), breaking his spine.
  • The bastards got me, but they won't get everybody.
  • Don't let me die, I have got so much to do.
    • Who: Huey Long, "The Kingfish", American politician, Governor of and Senator from Louisiana
  • Je m'en vais, mais l'État demeurera toujours.
    • Translation: I am going, but the State shall always remain.
    • Who: Louis XIV of France
      • Note: Another biographer has him saying "Why do you weep? Did you think I was immortal?".
  • I die innocent of all the crimes laid to my charge; I Pardon those who have occasioned my death; and I pray to God that the blood you are going to shed may never be visited on France.
    • Who: Louis XVI of France, d. January 21, 1793
    • Note: Executed by guillotine
  • A King should die standing.
    • Who: Louis XVIII, King of France, d. 1824
    • Note: Louis XVIII suffered from a severe case of gout, which worsened with the years. At the end of his life, the King was wheelchair-bound most of the time.
  • Tell them, I died game.
    • Who: Fred Lowry, Australian bushranger d. 1863
    • Note: Lowry died from his wounds after shootout with Police near Crookwell, New South Wales.
  • Never drive at night.
    • Who: Joseph Lucas, "The Prince of Darkness", Founder of Lucas Industries, manufacturer of automotive electrical components such as alternators, headlights, etc. which were notorious for unreliability in the early days of automotive engineering.
  • Know that no one can have indulged in the Holy Writers sufficiently, unless he has governed churches for a hundred years with the prophets, such as Elijah and Elisha, John the Baptist, Christ and the apostles... We are beggars: this is true.

MEdit

  • Aidez-moi, ma chère amie!
    • Translation: Help me, my dear friend!
    • Who: Jean-Paul Marat, Jacobin publisher of L'Ami du Peuple (The People's Friend), just after being stabbed by Charlotte Corday
  • I feel great.
    • Who: Pete Maravich
    • Note: Said seconds before his death at a pickup basketball game.
  • Money can't buy life.
  • On your way up, please take me up, on your way down, don't let me down.
  • Jesus Christ was put to death on the false testimony of those who received money in exchange for the lies they told. Just the same, the state of Ohio has succeeded in its quest for my life by way of perjured testimony and false witnesses who were paid to tell the lies they did. However, there has never been any hate nor desire of revenge in my heart for them, for I know God will repay those for each and every one of their sins that have gone forgotten.
    • Who: Ernest Martin
      • Note: In the death chamber, Martin spoke about three minutes in what prison officials said was the longest final statement by a condemned inmate since Ohio resumed executions in 1999. The statements were not recorded. Here are some excerpts as transcribed by prison officials: "I know that God is in control and those who are here are not responsible. Just as Jesus Christ was lied on and slandered, so I have been treated the same way. I have no hatred. I know God is in control and I pray that he will forgive us of our sins, forgive the media people watching of their sins and all that they have done. As the Bible says, let those without sin cast the first stone. God forgave us all. To my family, I love you all. I know I did not live a good life. Thank God for allowing my sister and nephew to be here and brother Morgan for his support. Hug Momma for me. Take care family. Take care media. God bless you all."[15]
  • I forgive everyone, beg that everyone forgives me as well, and wish that my blood, that is going to be shed now, will benefit the country. Long live Mexico! Long live Independence.
  • It wasn't worth it.
  • I have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and may God bless all!
    • Who: Chris McCandless, American wanderer and subject of the book Into the Wild. He wrote a final note on a page from Louis L'Amour's book, Education of a Wandering Man, before dying of starvation on August 18th, 1992.
  • Daddy flight, save your auxiliary tanks.
    • Who: Fighter ace Thomas McGuire
      • Note: he attempted to dogfight a Japanese Nakajima Ki-43 fighter aircraft on low altitude having failed to dump his aircraft's auxiliary tanks, with disastrous results - his aircraft stalled and crashed due to extra weight of the tanks.
  • Good-bye, good-bye all. It's God's way. His will, not ours, be done.
    • Who: William McKinley, 25th President of the United States, assassinated in 1901
  • We are holding our own.
    • Who: Ernest M. McSorley
      • Note: McSorley was captain of the 729-foot Great Lakes freighter Edmund Fitzgerald, which was in a storm on Lake Superior. Soon after he said these words, the ship sank and all twenty-nine men aboard were killed.
  • [Niece: "What is the matter, Uncle James?"] Nothing more than a change of mind, my dear. I always talk better lying down.
  • Mozart! Mozart!
  • In this way that the God of Israel reveals to me from the highest skies!
    • Who: Francisco Maldonado, a Jewish surgeon and writer killed during the Peruvian Inquisition.
      • Note: On the day of his execution, a great storm devastated Lima.
      • The Jewish Encyclopedia gives his last words as, This is the will of the Lord. I shall see the God of Israel face to face.[16]
  • Cheerio!
  • I feel ill. Call the doctors.
  • Gentlemen, the uh, camper and the car sitting over to the south of me is covered. It's gonna get me, too. I can't get out of here ...
    • Who: HAM radio operator Jerry Martin.
      • Note: The final transmission of Jerry Martin, reporting on the eruption of Mount St. Helens Andre Stepankowsky, Memories, lessons from mountain's fury, The Daily News, 17 May 2005.
  • Die, my dear? Why, that's the last thing I'll do!
  • Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!
    • Who: Karl Marx, asked by his housekeeper what his last words were
  • When I am dead, you will find Philip and Calais engraved on my heart.
  • All right.
    • Who: William Barclay "Bat" Masterson, former Wild West gunfighter; he was asked by a fellow reporter of the New York Morning Telegraph about his health after he had been ill with a cold.
      • Note: His last written words, on his note pad for the column he was writing, were, No wonder these birds are flying high when they get that kind of money for an hour's work. Just think of an honest, hard-working farmer laboring from daylight to dark for forty years of his life, and lucky if he finishes with as much as one of these birds gets in an hour. Yet there are those who argue that everything breaks even in this old dump of a world of ours. I suppose these ginks who argue that way hold that because the rich man gets ice in the summer and the poor man gets it in the winter things are breaking even for both. Maybe so, but I'll swear I can't see it that way.
  • Never again. Never again.
  • Note: Said after he fell backwards and hit his head on the ice after being checked and lost consciousness, and died two days later. He wasn't wearing a helmet at the time; it would be 11 years before the NHL made helmets mandatory. He is currently the only NHL player to die from injuries sustained on the ice.
  • Pee pee.
    • Who: Freddie Mercury, dying of AIDS, asking to be helped to the restroom.
  • It's all been rather lovely.
  • I give my soul to God, my body to the earth, and my worldly possessions to my nearest of kin, charging them to remember the sufferings of Jesus Christ.
  • 動けない... (Ugokenai...)
    • Translation: Cannot... move...
    • Who: Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler
      • Note: Misawa had taken a belly-to-back suplex from Akitoshi Saito. When the referee asked whether or not he could move, Misawa replied with the above response. Afterwards, he lost consciousness and was later taken to the hospital, where he died. The official cause of death was listed as a cervical spinal cord injury.
  • I don't think they even heard me.
    • Who: Yukio Mishima (pseudonym of Kimitake Hiraoka), moments before committing ritual suicide (seppuku)
      • Note: He had addressed the garrison at the Ichigaya Camp, the Tokyo headquarters of the Eastern Command of Japan's Self-Defense Forces, while his followers, the Tatenokai or "Shield Society", held the Commander hostage. Mishima encouraged the soldiers to launch a military coup and restore the traditional powers of the Emperor. They responded with mocking jeers. Mishima shouted "Long Live the Emperor!" three times, went back inside, and spoke his last words under his breath before performing the ritual self-disembowelment. One of Mishima's followers, a 25-year-old named Masakatsu Morita, tried three times to ritually behead Mishima but failed; his head was finally severed by Hiroyasu Koga.
  • It tastes bad.
    • Margaret Mitchell, upon being given a drink of orange juice while convalescing in a hospital.
  • Why should I talk to you? I've just been talking with your boss.
  • I regret that I should leave this world without again beholding him.
    • Who: James Monroe, 5th president of the United States
    • Note: Spoken to a friend about James Madison.
  • Well, now I must go to meet God and try to explain all those men I killed at Alamein.
  • If you don't like it, you can fuck off!
    • Who: Keith Moon. He asked his girlfriend to cook him breakfast, but she complained and that made him angry. He died approximately six hours later.
  • This hath not offended the king.
    • Who: Thomas More at the execution block, moving his beard out of the way.
  • I'm glad that's over.
    • Eric Morecambe, after going off stage after a solo performance at Stan Stennett's theatre, Tewkesbury, May 28, 1984.
  • Lord, if I have done well, You know it; and if badly, I take refuge in Your infinite mercy.
  • Dios no muere!
    • Translate: God does not die!
    • Gabriel García Moreno, President of Ecuador
    • Context: He had been attacked by assassins and had spoken these words after his attack. He reportedly had a favorite saying: "I am only a man who can be killed and replaced, but God does not die."
  • You take me back to Eagle Bridge and you'll get back your stethoscope."
    • Who Grandma Moses, spoken to the physician whose stethoscope she took.
  • Sparami nel petto!
    • Translate: Shoot me in the chest!
    • Who: Benito Mussolini just as he was shot by a partisan leader.
  • Well, this is certainly a pleasant surprise.
    • Who: Andrew Mutton. (A mobster whose car was riddled with starter motor problems, remarked to his associate when the car started successfully first go. Moments later a bomb rigged to the ignition exploded, killing Andrew and wounding his associate)
  • Shoot straight, you bastards! Don't make a mess of it.
    • Who: Harry Morant
    • Note: Morant was court-martialed and executed by the British, charged with killing Boer prisoners. To the end he claimed to have been following orders.
  • We all get the same amount of ice. The rich get it in the summer. The poor get it in the winter.
  • In manus tuas domine confido spiritum meum.
  • Pam, are you still there?
    • Who: Jim Morrison, poet and lead singer of the Doors
    • Spoken to his girlfriend Pamela Courson from the bathtub of his Paris apartment. He died there shortly thereafter.
  • I should have asked for a stunt double!
    • Who: Vic Morrow
    • Morrow said this before filming a challenging scene for "Twilight Zone: The Movie" with a helicopter. During filming, the helicopter lost control, and fell on the actors. He and one of the two children were decapitated while the other was crushed by the falling helicopter.
  • The taste of death is upon my lips…I feel something, that is not of this earth.
  • In the company of the blessed: from the prophets, the truthful, the martyrs and the righteous. O Allah, the highest companions. O Allah, the highest companions. O Allah, the highest companions.
  • I am starting to believe you are not intending to count me amongst your friends.
    • Who: Pedro Muñoz Seca – Spanish playwright
    • Context: Said when he was about to be executed by a squad during the Spanish Civil War.
  • I shall overlive my executioner.
    • Who: Omar Mukhtar (also Omar al Mukhtar), Leader of the Libyan Resistance before being hanged by the Italian fascist Army in Libya, (16 September 1931).
  • Soldiers! Do your duty! Straight to the heart but spare the face. Fire!
    • Who: Joachim Murat, King of Naples sentenced to death for treason during the Napoleonic Wars.

NEdit

  • Thank God I have done my duty…Drink drink, fan fan, rub rub.
    • Who: British Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson; This is recorded definitively in an account by Nelson's ship surgeon, Dr William Beatty. That Nelson said "Kiss me, Hardy" , often believed to be "Kismet, Hardy" in his last hours, after being mortally wounded is extensively documented in contemporary accounts, including that of people actually present. That they were not his actual last words is also extensively documented, though not as clearly in many popular accounts, and they have commonly been mistaken as being his last words. (for more on this see: Talk:Horatio Nelson) The latter clause mentions how hot and thirsty he was when dying.
  • I am in the land of the dying, and I am soon going to the land of the living.
    • Who: John Newton, Anglican preacher, abolitionist, and writer of "Amazing Grace."
  • Nei myn Hear ta.
    • Translation: To my Lord.
    • Who: Pier Gerlofs Donia, legendary Frisian freedom fighter and giant folk hero
    • Note: After an old enemy of Pier Gerlofs asked him where he'd want to go in afterlife, he answered in Frisian that he wanted to go to his Lord in Heaven. After he'd said this, his condition got worse and he passed away.
  • Sero. Haec est fides.
    • Translation: It is too late. This is fidelity.
    • Who: Nero, Roman emperor.
    • Some accounts also have his last words as being "What an artist that dies in me"
    • Note: This was said when after he committed suicide he saw a guard, who may have been part of the assassination, running toward him thinking he was coming to rescue him.
  • Soldiers, when I give the command to fire, fire straight at my heart. Wait for the order. It will be my last to you. I protest against my condemnation. I have fought a hundred battles for France, and not one against her... Soldiers! Fire!
    • Who: Michel Ney
    • Note: Said before being executed by firing squad following the defeat of his supreme leader, Napoleon Bonaparte. He had been offered a last request, and had asked for the right to give the firing squad the order to fire.
  • What?! What?!
    • Who: Nicholas II of Russia
    • Note: In the early morning of July 17, 1918, Tsar Nicholas II and his family were led by the Bolsheviks to the half-basement room at the back of the Ipatiev house in hopes that they would be safe from the anti-Bolsheviks' attack on the house. When they were informed that they were condemned to death by the Ural Soviet of Workers' Deputies, his stunning reaction was his final word before he turned to the family and got shot to death in the chest; the rest of the family soon followed him in death.
  • I love you so much.
    • Who: Harry Nilsson
    • Note: Said to his wife before going to sleep and dying from heart failure.
  • Help.
    • Who: Richard Nixon
    • Note: Said to a housekeeper as he had a stroke. Though he remained alert for a period of time after he was taken to the hospital, he was unable to speak.
  • Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here.

OEdit

  • “Lenger og lenger mot nord...”
    • Translation: “Further and further to the north ...”
  • "Armenian"
    • Who: Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
    • Note: The first sentence is commonly acknowledged version. The second one is according to his daughter.
  • What do I tell the pilot to do?
    • Who: Barbara Olson Olson spoke her last words to her husband into her cell phone from inside a locked airplane lavatory
  • I am just going outside. I may be some time.
    • Who: Captain Lawrence Oates, on Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition, while suffering from frostbite and sheltering from a blizzard, Oates felt he was decreasing his companions' chances of survival. Oates voluntarily left the tent; it was his 32nd birthday. He was never seen again.
    • Quoted in R. F. Scott's diary, published as Scott's Last Expedition, ch.20
  • Más totopos.
    • Translation: More totopos.
    • Who: Álvaro Obregón, Mexican politician.
    • Obregón was sitting in a restaurant, and is said to have asked for more totopos (tortilla chips) a few seconds before being shot.
  • ¿Para qué? Estoy bien al nivel de los fusiles..
    • Translation: Why? I'm right at the height of the rifles.
    • Who: Melchor Ocampo, Mexican politician, known for his anticlerical ideas
    • Note: Ocampo was rounded up by conservative rebels and sentenced to death. He spoke these words after his executioner ordered him to kneel.
  • Going down, 1862, going down, going down, copied, going down?
    • Who: El Al Airlines first officer Arnon Onhad.
    • Note: Ohad was aboard El Al Flight 1862, which crashed into a Dutch apartment complex on October 4, 1992. Ohad spoke these words while communicating with air traffic control.
  • This isn't Hamlet, you know. It's not meant to go into the bloody ear.
    • Who: Actor Laurence Olivier supposedly said this when a nurse, attempting to moisten his lips, mis-aimed.
    • Note: In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, the title character's father is killed when poison is dripped into his ear while asleep.
  • Don't worry, wasps probably aren't good flyers.
    • Who: Jack Lawrence, esq.
      • Said when using a dolly in an attempt to knock down a wasp nest.
  • Born in a hotel room, and Goddammit, died in one!
  • Aw, no one's gonna shoot at me.
    • Who: Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in response to a remark by a Dallas policeman: "Lee, if anybody shoots at you, I hope they're as good a shot as you are," moments before being shot by Jack Ruby.

PEdit

  • Yes, no last words.
    • Who: Elijah Page
    • Note: Executed by injection, South Dakota
  • Let me have none of your popish stuff. Get away with you. Good morning.
    • Who: Thomas Paine, pamphleteer, revolutionary, radical and intellectual. Author of Common Sense, The Rights of Man and The American Crisis.
    • Note: Spoken to two clergymen who were trying to lead the famous Deist in a deathbed conversion. [citation needed]
      • Also quoted as: I have no wish to believe on that subject.
  • Is it safe?
  • Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard, I could kill ten men while you're fooling about!.
    • Who: Carl Panzram, serial killer, shortly before he was executed by hanging on September 5, 1930.
  • I cannot.
    • Who: Louis Pasteur
    • Note: His response when he was offered a cup of milk.
  • This is a hell of a way to die.
    • Who: George S. Patton, after being admitted to the hospital after a car accident while out hunting.
  • Get my swan costume ready.... Play that last measure very softly.
  • I know not what tomorrow will bring.
    • Who: Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet
    • Note: Fernando Pessoa, who was bilingual, wrote his words in English, after losing the ability to speak.
  • Eva se va.
    • Translation: Eva is leaving.
    • Who: Eva Perón, Argentinian First Lady
  • I am curious to see what happens in the next world to one who dies unshriven.
    • Giving his reasons for refusing to see a priest as he lay dying.
    • Who: Pietro Perugino, Italian painter, d. 1523
  • Larry! We're going down, Larry!
    • Who: First Officer Roger Pettit to Captain Larry Wheaton of Air Florida Flight 90, January 13, 1982.
    • Note: The plane lost altitude after a failed takeoff attempt and struck the 14th Street Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington D.C., killing all but four passengers and one flight attendant. A subsequent investigation determined that the pilots failed to switch on the engines' internal ice protection systems, used reverse thrust in a snow storm prior to takeoff, and failed to abort the takeoff even after detecting a power problem while taxiing and visually identifying ice and snow buildup on the wings.
  • And will you rule better?
    • Who: Phocas, Byzantine Emperor, 602 - 610
    • Phocas was defeated by Heraclius in a civil war, and had been abandoned by his supporters as Heraclius and his army arrived at Constantinople. He was captured and brought before the new emperor, who asked him, "Is this how you have ruled, wretch?" When Phocas gave this reply, an enraged Heraclius killed and beheaded him on the spot.
  • Every damn fool thing you do in this life you pay for.
    • Who: Edith Piaf
    • Note: Piaf spoke these words to her sister, standing at her deathbed.
  • Запрягайте сани, хочу ехать к сестре. (Zapryagayte sani, khochu ekhat k sestre.)
    • Translation: Get the sledge ready, I want to go to my sister.
    • Peter II of Russia, Russian emperor
    • Note: His sister, Natalia, had died 14 months before him.
  • Instaurare omnia in Christo.
  • I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.
    • Who: James K. Polk, 11th President of the United States
    • Note: He was speaking to his wife on his deathbed.
  • I have not told half of what I saw.
  • Good-bye boys; I die a true American.
    • Who: William "Bill the Butcher" Poole
    • Note: Poole was a member of the New York City gang the Bowery Boys, a bare-knuckle boxer, and a leader of the Know Nothing political movement in the mid nineteenth century.
  • Okay, I won't.
    • Who: Elvis Presley
    • Note: Those were his last words to fiancée Ginger Alden. She had told him, when he was on the way to the bathroom, "Don't fall asleep in there."
  • Me l'aspettavo.
    • Translation: I expected it to happen
    • Pino Puglisi, Italian priest shot by a Mafia assassin
    • Note: Pino Puglisi was reported to have smiled to his killer.
  • I love you, Kathy. I love the baby, but I need to find peace. I can't go on.
    • Freddie Prinze, stand-up comedian and actor, who left a suicide note and made a series of phone calls to his friends and family. The last statement was a phone call to his wife. After the call, Prinze pulled out a gun from the sofa and shot himself in the head.
  • The city is fallen and I am still alive.
    • Who : Constantine XI Palaiologos, final Byzantine emperor, before charging into the final battle at the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453.

QEdit

  • Adesso (or ora) vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano!
    • Translation: Now I will show you how an Italian dies!
    • Who: Fabrizio Quattrocchi, Italian security officer taken hostage in Iraq early in the Iraq War. When his captors came to execute him he rose from his knees, refused to kneel back down, and said these words.
  • I'm convicted unfairly, and I die innocent.

REdit

  • Je m'en vais chercher un grand peut-être.
    • Translation: I am off in search of the great perhaps.
    • Who: François Rabelais
    • Variant Translation: I am off in search of a great may-be.
  • "Tirez le rideau, la farce est jouée."
    • Translation: "'Draw the curtain, the farce is played'"
    • Beati qui in domino moriuntur
      • Translation: Blessed are those who die in the Lord or Blessed are those who die wearing a cloak.
      • Note: Rabelais is also attributed these last words. He is reputed to have said this after wrapping himself in his domino, a Spanish hooded cloak, a word which, in Latin, means lord or master.
  • Strike, man, strike!
  • Komisch
    • Translation: Funny, comical; strange
    • Who: Otto Rank
    • Note: German/American Psychoanalyst, cited By E. J. Lieberman in "Acts of Will: The Life and Work of Otto Rank".
  • I'm tired. I'm going back to bed.
    • Who: George Reeves
    • Note: Reeves committed suicide. This was the last thing he said to his friends before shooting himself in his bedroom.
  • Tell them sons of bitches, I'm coming.
    • Who: Elizabeth Renat
  • Consummatum est!
    • Translation: It is finished!
    • Who: Jose Rizal
    • Note: Rizal mentioned it moments before being shot by a firing squad. These are the last words spoken by Jesus (John 19:30).
  • Forward! For God's sake, forward!
  • Kaputt…
    • Translation: Broken... or Smashed
    • Who: Manfred von Richthofen, AKA The Red Baron, famous World War I flying ace, April 21, 1918.
    • Note: von Richthofen made a hasty but controlled safe landing, in a field on a hill near the Bray-Corbie road, just north of Vaux-sur-Somme after being shot through the chest by Cedric Popkin. His Fokker was not damaged by the landing. One witness, Gunner George Ridgway, stated that when he and other Australian soldiers reached the plane, Richthofen was still alive but died moments later.[7] Another eye witness, Sergeant Ted Smout, reported that Richthofen's last word was "kaputt" ("finished") immediately before he died.[8]
  • Why do you drink that stuff, Ozzy? One of these days it's gonna kill you.
    • Who: Randy Rhoads
    • Note: Referring to Ozzy Osbourne's alcohol addiction. Died in a plane crash later that night. Sourced from autobiography of Ozzy Osbourne, "I Am Ozzy."
  • I don't believe that I'm going to be able to speak any longer...
    • Who: Baseball impressario Branch Rickey
    • Note: He was in the middle of an acceptance speech at Missouri's Sports Hall of Fame when he collapsed in mid-sentence and never regained consciousness.

"No words can express just how sorry I am for taking the lives of my babies. No way I can make up for or take away the pain I have caused everyone who knew and loved them."[8] Her last words were, "I love you, my babies."[8]

      • Who: Christina Marie Riggs, first woman executed in Arkansas on May 2, 2000. In 1997 she killed her two small children and then failed in her attempt to commit suicide.
  • My God, Ned, help me! I'm on fire!
    • Who: Edward "Fireball" Roberts, 1962 Daytona 500 winner
    • Note: Last recorded words said to Ned Jarrett in an attempt to save him, and recorded by many of the witnesses just moments after his fatal wreck during the 1964 World 600. In an attempt to avoid a wreck in front of him, Roberts swerved right to avoid, and spun out. His car hit an open patch in the wall, ripped the fuel tank, and was subsequently engulfed in fire. He slipped into a coma as a result of the accident, and died of third-degree burns three months later.
  • Yes...A bullet-proof vest
    • Who: James W. Rodgers
    • Note: Asked if he has any last requests before facing a firing squad.
  • I forgot something.
    • Who: George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party
    • Note: He was in the Econowash laundromat at the Dominion Hills Shopping Center in Arlington, Virginia, and spoke those words to no one in particular as he left the laundromat to get something from his car. Moments later, John Palter, a former member of Rockwell’s group, fatally shot Rockwell from the roof of the shopping center.
  • If I am to be killed, let Adolf do it himself.
    • Who: Ernst Röhm
    • Note: He was co-founder of the ("Storm Battalion"; SA) and was among a number of Nazi officials who were suspected of conspiring against Adolf Hitler. He was executed during the 1934 Night of Long Knives. Hitler was hesitant in ordering his execution and gave Röhm the opportunity to commit suicide. On July 2, he was given a pistol by 2 SS officers and was told he had 10 minutes to use it. He refused and stated what were to be his last words. He was later shot in the chest by SS-Obersturmbannführer Michael Lippert.
  • We are innocent. That is the whole truth. To forsake this truth is to pay too high a price even for the priceless gift of life. For life thus purchased we could not live out in dignity
  • May God have mercy on the assassins.
    • Who: Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero
    • Note: He was fatally shot while saying Mass in San Salvador by a death squad assassin who fired from the entrance of the Church, whom Romero presumably saw.
  • Utter nonsense.
    • Who: Eleanor Roosevelt
    • Note: Spoken to the nurse who told her she would die when the reason God put her on earth was fulfilled.
  • I have a terrific headache.
    • Who: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage
    • Note: According to Conrad Black in his biography Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom, page 1110, FDR was sitting for a portrait when he put his left hand to the back of his head and said: "I have a terrific pain in the back of my head." He then was carried to his bed by several people, as they were doing this "he was understood by Laura Delano to say, only semiconsciously, 'Be careful.' These were his last words.
  • No.
    • Who: Alfred Rosenberg, Nazi ideologist and minister
    • Note: when asked if he had any last words before being executed by hanging.
  • We are the first victims of American fascism!
    • Who: Ethel Rosenberg
    • Note: She and her husband Julius were executed in 1953 in the electric chair at Sing Sing prison for treason, having been convicted of passing information to the Soviet Union concerning the construction of the atomic bomb. The judge who condemned them to death said that he did so to prevent the Rosenbergs from ever being released from prison. Their two young children were eventually adopted by songwriter Abel Meeropol.
  • We are innocent. That is the whole truth. To forsake this truth is to pay too high a price even for the priceless gift of life. For life thus purchased we could not live out in dignity.
    • Who: Julius Rosenberg
    • Note: He and his wife Ethel were executed in the electric chair in 1953 for treason (passing in blueprints of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union; see above.)
  • No thank you.
    • Who: Michael Bruce Ross, executed in Connecticut on May 13, 2005
    • Note: When asked if he had any last words.
  • Don’t go away. I don’t want to be alone. I can’t stand being alone.
    • Who: Arnold Rothstein, a.k.a. Mr. Big. Said to his wife Carolyn as he tried to raise himself he fell back and into unconsciousness. Rothstein would not regain consciousness and died the following morning.
  • I here declare my unmitigated hatred to Yankee rule -- to all political, social and business connection with the Yankees and to the Yankee race. Would that I could impress these sentiments, in their full force, on every living Southerner and bequeath them to every one yet to be born! May such sentiments be held universally in the outraged and down-trodden South, though in silence and stillness, until the now far-distant day shall arrive for just retribution for Yankee usurpation, oppression and atrocious outrages, and for deliverance and vengeance for the now ruined, subjugated and enslaved Southern States!...And now with my latest writing and utterance, and with what will be near my latest breath, I here repeat and would willingly proclaim my unmitigated hatred to Yankee rule--to all political, social and business connections with Yankees, and the perfidious, malignant and vile Yankee race.
    • Who: Edmund Ruffin (Diary entry, 17 June 1865)
    • Note: Ruffin was an ardent supporter of the Confederacy during the Civil War and fired one of the first shots of the war at Fort Sumter in 1861. He wrote his final diary entry on the occasion of General Robert E. Lee's surrender, and after completing his entry, shot himself in the head.
  • I'd like to be in hell in time for dinner.
    • Who: Edward H. Ruloff, a convicted serial killer and last person to be executed by hanging in the State of New York.
  • What's happening? [17]
    • Who: Tim Russert, longtime host of Meet the Press on NBC
    • Spoken as a greeting, shortly before he collapsed, to NBC Washington bureau editing supervisor Candace Harrington
  • God bless you, please make it quick.
    • Who: Ronald Ryan, the last man to hanged in Australia on February 3 1967.

SEdit

  • Put out the bloody cigarette!
    • Who: Saki (British author Hugh Hector Munro)
    • Note: Spoken to a fellow officer while in a trench during World War I, for fear the smoke would give away their positions; he was then shot by a German sniper who had heard the remark.
  • "yea...usually @ north camarillo"
    • Who: Robert M. Sanchez
    • Note: Texted one minute before Sanchez, a Los Angeles Metrolink engineer, collided his commuter train with a Union Pacific freight train in the Chatsworth train collision.
  • Oh no!
    • Who: J.D. Salinger, American author of The Catcher In The Rye
    • Note: Although not his final words, it was Salinger's last spoken word to the media a year before his death. Salinger lived an extremely reclusive life.
  • "Thank you Palestrina. It’s a wonderful evening, it’s great to be here and I wanna dedicate you a super sexy song."
    • Who: Mark Sandman (American jazz singer)
    • Note: Sandman collapsed on stage at the Giardini del Principe in Palestrina, Italy while performing with his band Morphine, just after saying this to the audience.
  • Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case. What now?
  • God bless, God damn!
    • Who: Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
    • Note: Santa Anna was known to spend many long hours trying to decide what his last words would be; one can only speculate if this is what he had intended to say.
  • Yolanda, in Room 158.
    • Who: Selena
    • Note: Selena had been shot in the back by Yolanda Saldívar during an argument over missing financial records. Before losing consciousness, Selena named Saldivar as her assailant and the room number she was staying at to a Days Inn motel employee.
  • Fuck you.
    • Who: Tupac Shakur
    • Note: Spoken to a police officer who had asked who shot him (Shakur).
  • Let's be wild tonight.
    • Who: Sirkka Sari
    • Note: Sari was a Finnish actress who died by falling down a chimney during a party. These are her last recorded words, by which she convinced the crew and her castmates to have a party at the Aulanko hotel, where they were shooting; during the party, Sari and one of the men in the group (she was engaged, but the man was not her fiancee) went up to the roof of the hotel. On the flat roof, there was a several-feet high chimney, with a ladder leading up to the top; Sari mistook this chimney for a scenery balcony, climbed up, and fell into a heating boiler, where she died instantly.
  • It's good.
    • Who: Sadako Sasaki, Hiroshima atomic bomb victim, after tasting her tea before dying of leukemia at age 12.
  • Faisal, Saud is your brother. Saud, Faisal is your brother. There is no power and no strength save in God.
    • Who: The last words of Ibn Saud; quoted in Ibn Saud, by Leslie McLoughlin
  • Ik schiet beter!
    • Translation: I could shoot better!
    • Who: Hannie Schaft
    • Note: Spoken to a German soldier after having been shot in her execution; the soldier subsequently emptied his machine gun into her.
  • Hier, hier ist das deutsche Herz!
    • Translation: Here, here is the German heart!
    • Who: The last of the "Schillschen officers" - a group of eleven Prussian officers executed on the Schillschen Field in Wesel, Germany, by Napoleon's troops. Reportedly said after his ten fellow-officers were shot by the firing squad, leaving him alive unintentionally. He was promptly shot.
  • I have a problem — I have a real problem.
    • Who: Art Scholl
    • Note: Said as his plane entered a flat spin and subsequently crashed.
  • Es lebe die Freiheit!
    • Translation: Long live freedom!
    • Who: Hans Scholl, leader of The White Rose, German anti-Hitler resistance movement.
    • His last words from the guillotine before sentence of death for high treason was executed (22 February 1943)
  • Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy...how can I ever forget them...
    • Who: Charles Schulz
    • Note: From the final Peanuts comic strip released on February 13, 2000 (one day after his death).
  • Shazbot. Nanu nanu.
    • Bon Scott, lead vocalist of rock band AC/DC.
    • Note: His last words as heard on the last track of Highway to Hell, Night Prowler. This phrase is taken from the show "Mork & Mindy." It was used by the aliens to say "goodbye." He died later by alcohol poison. Although these may not be technically his last words, they were the last words heard by the public.
  • For God's sake look after our people.
    • Who: Robert Falcon Scott.
    • Note: These were the last words he wrote in his diary, before he froze to death.
  • My dear, be a good man — be virtuous — be religious — be a good man. Nothing else will give you any comfort when you come to lie here. ...God bless you all.
    • Who: Walter Scott
    • As quoted in John Gibson Lockhart Memoirs of the life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart, Vol. VII (1838), p. 294
  • Just leaving for God's own country.
    • Who Richard Seddon, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
    • Note: Final telegram sent to the Premier of Victoria, Sir Thomas Bent, from on board the Oswestry Grange heading back to New Zealand, 10 June 1906. He died later that evening of heart failure. "God's Own Country" has long been a nickname for New Zealand.
  • They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance!
    • Who: John Sedgwick,
    • Note: Sedgwick was a Union Civil War general who was hit by sniper fire a few minutes after saying these, at the battle of Spotsylvania, on May 9, 1864. They are often portrayed as if they were his absolute final statement, the sentence often being presented as if he did not even finish it, and altered into the form: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist…". Though this may be a slightly more striking version of events, his actual last words are believed to be "All right, my man; go to your place", in response to a soldier telling him that he preferred to duck when being shot at, even from a great distance. - (External link: Death of General John Sedgwick)
  • The car seems OK...
    • Who: Ayrton Senna, three time Formula One World Racing champion
    • Note: He said these last words over his team radio before his steering column broke and he subsequently crashed into a wall, killing him instantly.
  • My boys, I'm going down.
  • Days betray me when I am not working. None of my guests nor I mentioned it was Saturday, so, for me, it was a Sunday dinner. Perhaps I'll have another tomorrow!
  • Braćo, spasavaj se ko hoće i ko može!
    • Translation: Brothers, save yoursel who want and who can!
    • Who: Stevan Sinđelić, Serbian military commander.
    • Note: Uttered it during Battle of Čegar, before shot in a powder magazine and caused the explosion that destroyed the trench, killing 3,000 Serbian soldiers and 6,000 Turkish soldiers.
  • Up...up....
    • Who: Tom Simpson
    • Note: Tom Simpson was a cyclist who died on the Mont Ventoux, probably because of a combination of amphetamines, alcohol and the heat. His last words are often erroneously quoted as "Put me back on my bike"; Simpson's soigneur told reporters that he wanted to be "put back on his bike", and this was reported as such.
  • I'm losing.
    • Who: Frank Sinatra (May 14, 1998)
    • Note: According to his daughter Nancy Sinatra, as told to Variety magazine senior columnist, Army Archerd. Other sources quote him as saying, "I'm losin' it."
  • I am not going. Do with me what you like. I am not going. Come on! Come on! Take action! Let's go!
    • Who: Chief Sitting Bull, famous for leading the Sioux tribe against General Custer's troops at the Battle of Little Bighorn
    • Notes: About 43 members of the Indian police decided to arrest him. Sitting Bull refused to leave with the police and a crowd of angry supporters gathered around him. A fight broke out and Sitting Bull wound up getting shot in the head.
  • This is the first time authorities helped me escape prison.
    • Who: George Sitts, convicted murderer before his electrocution in 1947 in South Dakota
  • They're not shooting me for deserting the United States Army - thousands of guys have done that. They're shooting me for that brass I stole when I was 12 years old.
    • Who: Eddie Slovik, the only US soldier shot for desertion during World War II. Said shortly before his execution by firing squad at 10:04 a.m. on January 31, 1945, near the village of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France.
  • Która godzina?
  • My wife is very good at putting me to sleep just by rubbing my hands... Be strong my darling..."
  • I believe we should adjourn this meeting to another place.
  • Well, boys, do your best for the women and children, and look out for yourselves.
    • Who: Captain w:Edward Smith (sea captain), commander of the RMS TITANIC, April 15, 1912.
    • Note: Steward Edward Brown saw the captain approach with a megaphone in his hand. He heard him say "Well boys, do your best for the women and children, and look out for yourselves.” He saw the Captain walk onto the bridge alone just seconds before the ship took took its final plunge.[9] This was the last reliable sighting of Smith. There are conflicting accounts of his death; Some survivorsTemplate:SfnTemplate:Sfn said Smith entered the ship's wheelhouse on the bridge, and died there when it was engulfed. Robert Williams Daniel, a first class passenger who jumped from the stern immediately before the ship sank, told the New York Herald in its April 19, 1912 edition how he had witnessed Captain Smith drown in the ship's wheelhouse. "I saw Captain Smith on the bridge. My eyes seemingly clung to him. The deck from which I had leapt was immersed. The water had risen slowly, and was now to the floor of the bridge. Then it was to Captain Smith's waist. I saw him no more. He died a hero."[10] These accounts have remained the iconic image which has remained of Smith.

When working to free Collapsible B, Junior Marconi Officer Harold Bride saw Smith dive into the sea from near the bridge just as the final plunge began,[11] a story which was corroborated by first class passenger Mrs Eleanor Widener, who was in Lifeboat No.4 (the closest to the sinking ship) at the time.[12] Also second class passenger William John Mellors and fireman Harry Senior, who both survived aboard collapsible B, stated that Smith jumped from the bridge.[13] It has been affirmed that the man who jumped from the bridge may have been Lightoller, who was seen jumping at this time.[14]

Newspaper reports said that Smith was reported to have been seen near the overturned Collapsible B during or after the sinking. Colonel Archibald Gracie reported that an unknown swimmer came near the capsized and overcrowded lifeboat, and that one of the men on board told him "Hold on to what you have, old boy. One more of you aboard would sink us all,"; in a powerful voice, the swimmer replied "All right boys. Good luck and God bless you.".[15] Gracie did not see this man, nor was able to identify him, but some other survivors later claimed to have recognised this man as Smith.[16][17] Another man (or possibly the same) never asked to come aboard the boat, but instead cheered its occupants saying “Good boys! Good lads!” with “the voice of authority”.[18] One of the Collapsible B survivors, fireman Walter Hurst, tried to reach him with an oar, but the rapidly rising swell carried the man away before he could reach him.[18] Hurst said he was certain this man was Smith.[18] Some of these accounts also describe Smith carrying a child to the boat. Harry Senior, one of Titanic's stokers, and second class passenger Charles Eugene Williams, who both survived aboard Collapsible B, stated that Smith [19] swam with a child in his arms to Collapsible B, which Smith presented to a steward, after which he apparently swam back to the rapidly-foundering ship. Williams' account differs slightly, claiming that, after Smith handed the child over to the steward, he asked what had become of First Officer Murdoch. Upon hearing news of Murdoch's demise, Smith "pushed himself away from the lifeboat, threw his lifebelt from him and slowly sank from our sight. He did not come to the surface again." These accounts are almost certainly apocryphal, according to historians featured in the A&E Documentary Titanic: Death of a Dream. Lightoller who survived on Collapsible B never reported seeing Smith or receiving a child from him. There is also no way in which survivors on Collapsible B would have been able to verify the identity of the individual concerned under such dimly lit and chaotic circumstances. It is more likely based upon wishful thinking that the person they saw was indeed the Captain.[20] Captain Smith's fate will probably remain uncertain.


  • I'm a dead man!
    • Who: Hyrum Smith upon being shot in the face, just before his brother Joseph was as well.
  • Uh oh...
    • Who: Michael J. Smith, crew member of the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger 51-L mission, 28 January 1986. Last statement recorded on the spacecraft's cockpit voice recorder, less than half a second before the shuttle disintegrated.
  • My God, what's happened?
    • Who: Lady Diana Spencer, 31 August 1997 (after being mortally wounded in a car accident)
  • My vocabulary did this to me. Your love will let you go on...
    • Who: Jack Spicer, Poet. Spoken to fellow poet Robin Blaser in a near-coma brought on by Spicer's Alcoholism. [19]
  • Crito, we ought to offer a cock to Asclepius. See to it, and don't forget.
    • Who: Socrates, quoted by Plato in Phaedo
    • Note: Asclepius was a Greek god of healing (his shrine is on the side of the Acropolis). It seems to many that Socrates considered death to be a relief, and thus was thanking the god for the service of killing him.
  • It must have been the coffee.
    • Who: Jack Soo, Actor and Comic, quoted by Hal Linden
    • Note: This was a reference to the running gag of his character Nick Yemana from the TV show Barney Miller having the reputation for making horrible coffee. According to friend and fellow cast-member Hal Linden, these were Soo's last words before being taken to surgery for cancer of the esophagus.
  • Capital punishment: Them without the capital get the punishment!
    • Who: John Arthur Spenkelink
    • Before his electrocution in Florida in 1979. He was the first person executed involuntarily after moratorium was lifted
  • Dan liever de lucht in!
    • Translation: Rather to blow up, then!
    • Who: Jan van Speyjk
    • Dutch naval lieutenant; on February 5, 1831, a gale caused his boat to drift into the quay at the port of Antwerp. Belgians stormed the boat and demanded Van Speyjk take the Dutch flag down. Rather than doing so, he fired a pistol (some versions say he threw a lit cigar — few firsthand witness accounts survive) into a barrel of gunpowder while saying "Dan liever de lucht in" (which translates as, "Rather to blow up, then").
  • Not like this. Don't leave me like this.
    • Who: Layne Staley, lead singer of Alice in Chains
    • Note: Staley was calling after friend and former bandmate Mike Starr, who angrily stormed out of Staley's apartment following an argument. Staley is believed to have passed away a day later, on April 5, 2002, of a drug overdose. Staley's body wasn't found by police until two weeks after his death.
  • Es lebe unser heiliges Deutschland!
    • Translation Long live our holy Germany!
    • Who: Claus von Stauffenberg, seconds before being executed by a Nazi firing squad for his role in an attempt on the life of Adolf Hitler.
  • Does my face look strange? . . . My head! My head!
    • Who: Robert Loius Stevenson, author
      • Note: Stevenson collapsed from cerebral hemorrhage and died shortly after.
  • I'm going to go be with Gloria now.
  • Heil Hitler! Dies ist mein Purimfest 1946. Ich gehe zu Gott. Die Bolschewisten werden eines Tages Euch auch hängen.
    • Translation Heil Hitler! This is my Purim celebration 1946. I go to God. The Bolshevists will one day hang you, too.
    • Who: Julius Streicher, publisher of the infamous Nazi tabloid Der Stürmer and one-time Gauleiter of Franconia, moments before being hanged for crimes against humanity.
      • Note: Of all the condemned Nazis, he was the only one to salute Hitler before his own execution.
  • ¡Carajo, un balazo!
    • Translation: Damn! A bullet!
    • Who: Antonio José de Sucre, after being shot while riding his horse in the jungle in Colombia on his way home. He was said to be a fine gentleman who had never cursed until that day, according to Ricardo Palma's "Tradiciones en Salsa Verde".
  • Please don't let me fall.
    • Who: Mary Surratt, before being hanged for her part in the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln. She was the first woman executed by the United States federal government.
  • I'm not afraid of death. I'm going home.
    • Who: Patrick Swayze
    • Note: According to his family, this is what he said before he died.
  • While many of my health issues are clearing up and I'm feeling a bit better. My docs are concerned that my heart has shown no improvement. So tomorrow morning I'm being transferred to Hopkins for further evaluation and testing. Scary, to be sure, but a good thing overall.
    • Who: Shana Greatman Swers
      • Note: This was Swers' last pre-mortem Facebook entry via iPhone on October 28, 2010. She died of peripartum cardiomyopathy on October 31, over a month after her son Isaac Lawrence Swers was born.

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  • It is time for a new direction...
  • Please — please don't kill me — I don't want to die. I just want to have my baby.
    • Who: Sharon Tate, victim of confessed murderer Susan Atkins (aka Sadie Mae Glutz) of the Manson family, as reported in the court testimony of Virginia Graham. Atkins told Graham she responded to Tate's plea with: "Look, bitch, you might as well face it right now, you're going to die, and I don't feel a thing behind it."
  • I am about to die. I expect the summons very soon. I have tried to discharge my duties faithfully. I regret nothing, but I am sorry I am about to leave my friends.
  • Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you.
    • Who: Mother Teresa (Sept 5, 1997)
    • Notes: Sister Nirmala Joshi recalled, "Just hours before her death, Mother Teresa spoke about the Little Flower, St. Therese. She has just been declared a ‘Doctor of the Church’ by Pope John Paul II. Her last words are: "Can you imagine, for doing little things with great love, the Church is making her a Doctor, like St. Augustine and the big St. Teresa! It is just like Jesus said in the Gospel to the one who was seated in the lowest place: "Friend, come up higher." St. Therese's last words were quite similar, "Oh, I love him; my God, I love you".
  • Pity me not. I die as a man of honour ought, in discharge of my duty. They indeed are objects of pity who fight against their king, their country, and their oath.
    • Who: Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard (April 30, 1524)
    • Notes: Le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche, died of an arquebus shot to the back in battle with the Spaniards. He was propped up against a tree and, for want of a crucifix, he was confessed with his sword. Even the enemy commander attended him at his death.
  • I'm begging you, let me work!
    • Who: Osamu Tezuka, legendary Japanese cartoonist and animator
      • He spoke these words as a nurse took his drawing board from his hospital bed and encouraged him to get some sleep.
  • Roses plural or Rose's roses with an apostrophe?
    • Who: Dylan Thomas
      • Note: Spoke those words to his girlfriend Liz, who told him that her friend had seen white mice and roses. He lapsed into a coma from excessive drinking and died.
  • "Is the mic still on?"
    • Who: Shannon Charles Thomas
      • Note: Thomas, a death row inmate executed by the state of Texas in 2005 for murder, had made a lengthy final statement before the lethal injection started. After the drugs began to take effect he asked this final question.
  • Pretty weak, but I'll be all right in a little while, don't worry, darling.
    • Who: Olive Thomas
    • Notes: Thomas had accidentally ingested a lethal dose of her husband's syphilis medicine, composed of the poisonous compound mercuric bichloride. She died three days later, and her husband, Jack, said that these were her last words, a response to his asking how she felt, before she died later that day.
  • No more games. No more bombs. No more walking. No more fun. No more swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No fun - for anybody. 67. You are getting greedy. Act your old age. Relax - This won't hurt.
    • Who: Hunter S. Thompson
      • Note: Said on a suicide note written four days before his death. He was 67 when he took his own life.
  • Moose … Indian.
    • Who: Henry David Thoreau
      • Note: These words he had said in a delirium before expiring. When urged earlier to make his peace with God his last coherent response was, "I did not know that we had ever quarreled."
  • No, I'm not!
    • Who: American musician, music historian and ukulele player Tiny Tim (Real name: Herbert Khaury)
    • Tiny Tim suffered a heart attack while playing "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" at a Gala Benefit. His wife asked him if he was okay and he said, "No, I'm not!" After that he collapsed and died at a hospital in Minnesota.
  • Mihi vita immerenti eripitur; neque enim extat ullum meum factum paenitendum expecto dumtaxat uno.
    • Translation: I deserve not death, but I repent nothing else in my life except for one thing.
    • Who: Titus, Roman Emperor
  • I am very sorry it is taking me so long to die. The Greater East Asia War was justified and righteous. I am very sorry for the nation and all the races of the Greater Asiatic powers. I wait for the righteous judgment of history. I wished to commit suicide but sometimes that fails.
    • Who: Hideki Tōjō
      • After unsuccessfully trying to shoot himself in the heart.
  • Yes.
  • But the peasants...how do the peasants die?
  • I'm at 900 feet. I don't think I can make the airport. Negative on the airport.
    • Who: Peter Tomarken, game show host
    • Note: Spoken over his plane's CVR, moments before it splashed into Santa Monica Bay, killing him and his wife Kathleen.
  • Yes, it'll be 150, Forest Lawn Cemetery, in the back of a Ford pickup.
    • Who: Dick Trickle
    • Note: From a 911 call asking who was going to commit suicide. Trickle responded with "I'm the one." His granddaughter, who died in a car accident, was buried in the same cemetery.
  • I will not survive this attack. Stalin has finally accomplished the task he attempted unsuccessfully before.
    • Who: Leon Trotsky
    • According to: James P. Cannon, the secretary of the Socialist Workers Party (USA)
    • Don't kill this man. He has a story to tell.
      • Right after being hurt, Trotsky said this to his guards, who were about to kill Mercader, the man who had mortally wounded him with an ice axe.
    • I am close to death from the blow a political assassin... struck me down in my room. I struggled with him... we... entered... talk about French statistics... he struck me... Please say to our friends... I am sure... of the victory... of the Fourth International... Onward
      • These are his last words as recorded by w:Isaac Deutscher in his book The Prophet Outcast.
  • Yes sir, I would like to say to all of you – the Thornton family and Jerry Dean’s family that I am so sorry. I hope God will give you peace with this. Baby, I love you. Ron, give Peggy a hug for me. Everybody has been so good to me. I love all of you very much. I am going to be face to face with Jesus now. Warden Baggett, thank all of you so much. You have been so good to me. I love all of you very much. I will see you all when you get there. I will wait for you.
  • Ha. You're out.
    • Who: Patrick Tuler
    • Tuler, a World War I soldier, who was bleeding to death from bullet wounds, said this to an enemy soldier.
  • Ein davar, tov lamut be'ad arzenu (אין דבר, טוב למות בעד ארצנו)
    • Translation: Never mind; it is good to die for our country
    • Who: Joseph Trumpeldor (1880-1920)
    • Trumpeldor was a soldier and early pioneer/settler in Israel, he died defending the Tel-Hai settlment from an Arab attack.
    • Variant Translation: It is all right; It is better to die for our country
    • Notes: Modern Israeli jocular rumor claims Trumpeldor's true last words were merely a juicy Russian curse.
  • It's in God's hands now.
    • Who: Nat Turner, immediately before he was hanged.
  • Good bye. If we meet-
    • Who: Mark Twain
    • Note: Spoken to his daughter Clara.
  • Doctor, I'm dying. Perhaps it is best.
    • Who: John Tyler, 10th President of the United States

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  • Don't pull down the blinds. I feel fine. I want the sunlight to greet me!
  • There is but one reliance.
  • Genade, genade! We kunnen er toch over praten?
    • Translation: Mercy, mercy! Can't we talk this over?
    • Who: Theo van Gogh, Dutch film director and publicist.
    • Note: Van Gogh said this to his murderer Mohammed Bouyeri, just before the latter stabbed him in his throat.
  • I wish I could pass away like this.
    • Who: Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter.
    • Note: The famous line "La tristesse durera toujours" ("The sadness will last forever") was spoken on his deathbed, but was not actually his last words according to his brother, who was with him.
  • It is hovering and it's not an aircraft.
    • Who: Frederick Valentich
    • Note: These were the last recorded words of Valentich, an Australian pilot, who disappeared after contacting air traffic control claiming to be pursued by a purported UFO.
  • [...] e saio da vida, para entrar na história.
  • Translation: I leave life so that I can walk into History.
  • Please leave the window open.
    • Who: Jim Varney, actor.
    • Note: These words were said to Varney's companion before dying from lung cancer.
  • Mantua me genuit, Calabri rapuere, tenet nunc
    Parthenope; cecini pascua rura duces.
    • Translation: Mantua bore me, Calabria snatched me away, now
      Naples holds me; I sang of pastures, fields, and kings.
    • Who: Virgil, Roman Poet, he wrote the Eclogues (pastoral poetry), the Georgics (ostensibly a didactic guide to farming), and the Aeneid (the foundation myth of Rome), hence "pastures, fields and kings."
  • All right then, I'll say it: Dante makes me sick.
    • Who: Lope de Vega, famous playwright, on being assured that the end was very near.
  • La Révolution est comme Saturne : elle dévore ses propres enfants.
    • Translation: The revolution is like Saturn: It devours its own children.
    • Who: Pierre Vergniaud, French revolutionary
  • Vae, puto deus fio. (when he thought he was dying)
    • Translation: Dear me! I think I'm turning into a god…
    • Who: Vespasian, Roman emperor
    • Source: Suetonius
    • Notes: And indeed, Vespasian was deified after his death. This comment is thought to be sarcastic, expressing Vespasian's disdain for apotheosis.
  • We made a death pact, and I have to accomplish my part of the deal. Please bury me next to my baby. Please bury me with my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. Goodbye. With love, Sid.
    • Who: Sid Vicious, bassist of the Sex Pistols
    • Note: Talking about his girlfriend, Nancy, who died a month earlier.
  • Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something.
    • Who: Francisco ("Pancho") Villa
    • Note: This quote may be apocryphal. A hail of bullets was fired into Villa's car from ambush, and he was struck in the heart and the head. If these wounds occurred in the intitial burst of fire it is unlikely Villa could have said anything.
  • I trust in the merits of Christ. All is lost! Monks! Monks! Monks
    • who: Henry VIII of England:
    • Note: perhaps in reference to the monks he caused to be evicted during the dissolution of the monasteries.
  • I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.
  • Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.
    • Who: Voltaire (attributed), when asked by a priest to renounce Satan
    • Note: Other sources say his final words were “I am abandoned by God and man! I will give you half of what I am worth if you will give me six months’ life. Then I shall go to hell; and you will go with me. O Christ! O Jesus Christ!”; the earliest report of this version was by Charles Buck, an American preacher, who wrote of it in 1822, more than forty years after the death of Voltaire.
    • Another variant is "For God sake, leave me alone!", when asked by the priest to renounce Satan.
  • I have had no real gratification or enjoyment of any sort more than my neighbour on the next block who is worth only half a million.

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  • Meine uhr!
    • Translation: My watch!
    • Who: Richard Wagner
    • Note: Wagner was dying in his wife's arms when a watch fell from his pocket onto the floor.
  • Take me home. I was born in the South and I wish to die and be buried in the South.
  • I am just going. Have me decently buried and do not let my body be into a vault in less than two days after I am dead. Do you understand me? ["Yes," replied Tobias Lear, his secretary.] 'Tis well. I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.
    • Who: George Washington, first President of the United States (he had a fear of being buried alive)
  • I'm out of here, man. I'm gone. Keep me in your hearts.
    • Who: Kevin Watts
    • Note: Last words before being executed by lethal injection for a triple murder.
  • Carry me to the fort, boys. Let's go forward.
    • Who: Anthony Wayne
    • Note: The "fort" might be Fort Presque Isle, which is now Erie, PA.
  • Go away. I'm all right.
    • Who: H. G. Wells
    • Note: Wells did not realize he was dying.
  • Get 'em all out of here!
    • Who: Roy Westerfield, Company Comptroller for Pacific Engineering Production Company of Nevada (PEPCON) of Henderson, Nevada
    • Note: Moments before the plant was engulfed in a massive explosion on 4 May 1988, he was talking to a fire department dispatcher over the telephone, when he shouted those words to fellow employee Bruce Halker, who was guiding other employees out of the building. They were both killed in the explosion.[22]
  • I know it!
    • Who: Captain Larry Wheaton to First Officer Roger Pettit of Air Florida Flight 90, January 13, 1982. Spoken in response to Pettit's comment, "Larry! We're going down, Larry!"
  • Let's go, I'm ready to go for this thing, we can win this thing!
    • Who: Dan Wheldon, two time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2005 IndyCar Champion
    • Note: According to his team owner at the time, Sam Schmidt, these were his last words over his team radio during the early stages of the 2011 IndyCar IZOD World Championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Eleven laps into the event, a fifteen-car accident in Turn 3 launched his car into the air, and up against the catchfence, killing him instantly.
  • Why, yes, a bulletproof vest.
    • Who: Domonic Willard
    • Notes: Willard was a small time mobster during the Prohibition. Just before his death by firing squad, he was asked if he had any last requests.
  • My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.
    • Who: Oscar Wilde
    • Variation: These curtains are killing me, one of us has got to go.
    • Popular variation often found in "Famous Last Words"-lists: "Either the wallpaper goes, or I do."
    • Notes: Mr. Wilde said this in the Left Bank hotel where he died on November 30 1900, the wallpaper has since been removed and the room re-furnished in the style of one of Mr. Wilde's London flats.
    • Quibble: He actually said this a couple of weeks before his death.
    • He was also reported to have ordered a bottle of the hotel's most expensive champagne to later say: I am dying beyond my means.
    • Oscar Wilde died of cerebral meningitis on 30 November 1900. The last words he tried to utter were the Holy Names, the Acts of Contrition, Faith, Hope and Charity, with acts of humble resignation to the Will of God, which are all part of the Last Sacraments that were administered to him on 29 November.
  • Mon Dieu, mon Dieu, ayez pitié de mon âme et de ce pauvre peuple.
    • Translation: My Lord, my Lord, have pity upon my soul and these poor people.
    • Variations: My God, my God, have mercy on me, and on my poor people!
      O my God, have mercy on this poor people.
      My God, have pity on my soul; my God, have pity on this poor people.
      My God, have mercy on my soul and on these poor people.
      My God, have pity on my soul; I am badly wounded.
      My God, have pity on my soul and on this poor people!
    • Who: William the Silent, Father of the Netherlands. He was shot and died soon after.
  • Oh, what's the bloody point?
    • Who: Kenneth Williams, British actor and raconteur. This was the final entry in his diary.
  • You guys doin' that right?
    • Who: Stanley 'Tookie' Williams, gangster and co-founder of The Crips, d. December 13, 2005. Said to his executioners who appeared to be having trouble operating the machinery.
  • The act of taking my own life is not something I am doing without a lot of thought. I don't believe that people should take their own lives without deep and thoughtful reflection over a considerable period of time. I do believe strongly, however, that the right to do so is one of the most fundamental rights that anyone in a free society should have. For me much of the world makes no sense, but my feelings about what I am doing ring loud and clear to an inner ear and a place where there is no self, only calm. Love always, Wendy.
  • My heart is crying, crying...
    • Who: Jackie Wilson, American singer and performer
      • Note: On 29 September 1975, he was singing his hit song "Lonely Teardrops" when he suffered a massive heart attack on stage at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, NJ. The lack of oxygen to his brain left him comatose for the remainder of his life. He died nine years later on 21 January 1984. Brahms, William B. (2005). Notable Last Facts: A Compendium of Endings, Conclusions, Terminations and Final Events Throughout History. Haddonfield, NJ: Reference Desk Press, Inc. p. 354. ISBN 978-09765325-0-6. .
  • Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying. Please pardon my levity, I don't see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd.
    • Who: Robert Anton Wilson, Philosopher, Playwright, Science Fiction Author. Final blog entry, five days before his death (6 January 2007)
  • I'm not going to waste no time talking about my lifestyle, my case, my punishment. Mom, you've been there for me from the beginning. I love you. To my nieces, nephew and uncle I love you very much. Y'all stick together. Don't worry about me. I'm OK.
    • Who: William James "Flip" Williams, Jr., executed by the State of Ohio for murder. He was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m. EDT on October 25, 2005 after the lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. He did not have a last meal request, though did have a cup of coffee. His final statement is recorded above.
  • I am ready.
  • Oinka Oinka Oinka why you awake.
    • Who: Amy Winehouse
    • Note: Final tweet that came to her followers two evenings after her death.
  • Tell them I've had a wonderful life.
    • Who: Ludwig Wittgenstein
    • Note: This came as a surprise to the friends that heard this, as he was considered not to have lived an easy life.
  • Six one going down.
    • Who: Chief Warrant Officer Cliff "Elvis" Wolcott, pilot of black hawk helicopter Super Six One.
    • Note: Wolcott's helicopter was shot down by an RPG during the Battle of Mogadishu. This was his last recorded radio transmission; he and copilot CWO Donovan "Bull" Briley were killed in the crash.
    • Source: Black Hawk Down.
  • Gents, this is an educational project. You are about to witness the damaging effect electricity has on Wood.
    • Who: Frederick Charles Wood, convicted murderer. electrocuted in 1951 in New York
  • Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier 'til this terrible disease came. I can't fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can't even write this properly. I can't read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that – everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can't go on spoiling your life any longer. I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been. V.
    • Who: Virginia Woolf, author, in her suicide note to her husband. d. March 28, 1941
  • Yes, I would just like to say I'm sailing with the rock, and I'll be back, like Independence Day with Jesus. June 6, like the movie. Big mother ship and all, I'll be back, I'll be back.

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  • Brothers! Brothers, please! This is a house of peace!
    • Who: Malcolm X
    • Other reports have his last words being "Now, now, brothers, break it up, be cool, be calm."
      • Note: Two men were staging a fight in the audience he was addressing to distract attention from assassins who were drawing their guns to shoot him. Reportedly, Malcolm was dead before his body struck the floor.

YEdit

  • I don't blame my executioners. I'll pray that the Gods bless them. Please send my thankful word to Col. Clarke and Lt. Col. Feldhaus, Lt. Col. Hendrix, Maj. Guy, Capt. Sandburg, Capt. Reel, at Manila court, and Col. Arnard. I thank you. I pray for the Emperor's long life and prosperity forever.
  • Kill me good.
    • Who: Lum You, convicted murderer.
      • Note: Spoken to his executioner.

ZEdit

  • You give me electric chair. I no afraid of that chair! You one of capitalists. You is crook man too. Put me in electric chair. I no care! Get to hell out of here, you son of a bitch [spoken to the attending minister]… I go sit down all by myself… Viva Italia! Goodbye to all poor peoples everywhere!… Lousy capitalists! No picture! Capitalists! No one here to take my picture. All capitalists lousy bunch of crooks. Go ahead. Pusha da button!
  • Well, we fooled 'em for a long time, didn't we?
    • Who: William Henry "Zip the Pinhead" Johnson, spoken to his sister, Sarah van Duyne
    • Also known as "What-Is-It?", he was a circus sideshow performer, known for his oddly tapered head. While he was presented as a microcephalic (or "pin-head'), he was not one in reality, nor did he have any mental retardation as do authentic microcephalics.
  • Curtain! Fast music! Light! Ready for the last finale! Great! The show looks good, the show looks good!
    • Who: Florenz Ziegfeld, Showman
      • Note: He shouted these words in a delirium on his deathbed.

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