Thursday, December 2, 2010

Famous Last Words

Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.
~Jesus Christ - Luke 23:46

'Patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness to anyone.'
- Edith Cavell

'Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.'
~ John Cranmer to his friend Nicholas Ridley, as they were both about to be burned as heretics for their teachings and beliefs outside Balliol College, Oxford (16 October 1555);

'I see heaven open and Jesus on the right hand of God'
~ Thomas Cranmer 1556 Burnt at Stake for heresy.

'Fancy being remembered around the world for the invention of a mouse.'
~ Walt Disney 1966. Said during last illness.

'Am I dying or is this my birthday?'
When she woke briefly during her last illness and found all her family around her bedside.
~~ Lady Nancy Astor, d. 1964

'I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace.'
~~ Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, d.1170

'Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.'
~ Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, d. March 26, 1827

'This is no time to make enemies'
~ Voltaire (when asked to forswear Satan)

Et tu, Brute?
~~ Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman Emperor, d. 44 BC

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

Sister, you're trying to keep me alive as an old curiosity, but I'm done, I'm finished, I'm going to die.
~~ George Bernard Shaw, playwright, d. November 2, 1950

Thomas Jefferson--still survives...

~John Adams, US President, d. July 4, 1826 (Actually, Jefferson had died earlier that same day.)

This is the last of earth! I am content.
~~ John Quincy Adams, US President, d. February 21, 1848

See in what peace a Christian can die.
~ Joseph Addison, writer, d. June 17, 1719

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

Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.
~~Oscar Wilde, writer, d. November 30, 1900

Book Cover

Immortal last words - Terry Breverton

Dying Words

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Like the post. Great topic. Last Words are interesting. Many that are perpetuated turn out to be in fact incorrect. Many reasons for that. A few posted here are perhaps examples of tradition. A couple months ago, what is perhaps the definitive library reference source on the topic was released-- Last Words of Notable People (and covers over 3500 people). Not a sales pitch for the book -- author gives out many free every day via twitter on the anniversary of the persons death. Wilde was covered the other day on the twitter site @refdeskpress . I think Beethoven was covered sometime back and and his discussion takes most of a page -- his last words were about wine.