Monday, December 9, 2013

Unusual Last Words of the Famous and Infamous.

Being close to death can lead people to speak with great honesty and sometimes humor. Many people wonder what their last words will be on their deathbed. Since no one knows exactly when they are going to die, often these are the last words of people who did not realize that they were dying at that moment, as you will note.

Here are 25 notable famous last words of the famous, and the infamous:

1. “Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose.”
Said by: Queen Marie Antoinette: After she accidentally stepped on the foot of her executioner while being led to the guillotine for her conviction of treason.

2. “I can’t sleep.”
Said by: J. M. Barrie, Author of Peter Pan

4. “I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.”
Said by: Actor, Humphrey Bogart

6. “Dammit…Don’t you dare ask God to help me!”
Said by: Joan Crawford to her housekeeper who began to pray aloud.

8. “Now why did I do that?”
Said by: General William Erskine, after he jumped from a window in Portugal in 1813.

10. “It’s stopped!”
Said by: Joseph Henry Green, upon checking his own pulse.

11. “LSD, 100 micrograms I.M.”
Said by: Aldous Huxley (Author) to his wife. She obliged and he was injected twice before his death.

12. “No, you certainly can’t.”
Said by: John F. Kennedy in reply to the wife of Governor John Connelly, commenting “You certainly can’t say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome, Mr. President.

13. “Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here.”
Said by: Nostradamus

14. “Please don’t let me fall!”
Said by: Mary Surratt, before being hanged for her part in the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln.

15. “Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.”
Said by: Voltaire when asked by a priest to renounce Satan.

16. “Is it not meningitis?” 

Said by: Louisa May Alcott after a visit from her father. She did not have meningitis, instead she suffered from mercury poisoning; a side-effect of an earlier treatment for typhoid fever.

17. “Am I dying or is this my birthday?” 
Said by: Lady Nancy Astor after she awoke on her deathbed to see her family at her bedside.

18. “Die, I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.” 
Said by: John Barrymore,

19. “Why not? After all, it belongs to him.” 
Said by: Charlie Chaplin when the priest reading him his last rites said, “May the lord have mercy on your soul.”

20. “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.” 
Said by: James Bond creator Ian Fleming, to the ambulance driver.

21. “A dying man can do nothing easily.” 
Said by: Benjamin Franklin to his daughter who suggested that if he lay on his side, he could breathe easier.

22. “That picture is awful dusty.” 
Said by: Jesse James as he climbed a chair to dust a framed picture hanging on the wall before being shot by his former associate, Robert Ford.

23. “I wish I was skiing.”
Said by: Stan Laurel when his nurse asked, “Oh, Mr. Laurel, do you ski?” “No, but I’d rather be skiing than doing what I’m doing,” he replied before dying of a heart attack.

24. “Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!”
Said by: Karl Marx to his housekeeper who asked what his last words were.

25. “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.” 
Said by: Oscar Wilde while dying of cerebral meningitis in the Left Bank hotel.

What will your last words be?

Nancy Burban 2013

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