Famous Last Words Part 2
A list of famous last words from various famous people including Sam Houston, Captain Kidd, Socrates, and George Washington.
The Last Words of
GAINSBOROUGH, THOMAS (1727-1788), English painter
"We are all going to heaven, and Van Dyck is of the party."
GOETHE, JOHANN WOLFGANG VON (1749-1832), German poet
HARRIS, JOEL CHANDLER (1848-1908), American writer and creator of "Uncle Remus"
"I am about the extent of a tenth of a gnat's eyebrow better."
HOUSMAN, ALFRED EDWARD (1859-1936), English poet
After his doctor told him a "dirty" story: "Yes, that's a good one, and tomorrow I shall be telling it again on the Golden Floor."
HOUSTON, SAM (1793-1863), American general
IRVING, WASHINGTON (1783-1859), American author
"Well, I must arrange my pillows for another weary night! When will this end?"
JACKSON, THOMAS "STONEWALL" (1824-1863), American Confederate general
"Let us go over the river, and sit in the shade of the trees."
KIDD, CAPTAIN WILLIAM (1645?-1701), Scottish pirate
Before being hanged: "This is a very fickle and faithless generation."
LAFAYETTE, MARQUIS DE (1757-1834), French soldier and statesman
"What do you expect? Life is like the flame of a lamp; when there is no more oil--zest! It goes out, and it is all over."
LOUIS XIV (1638-1715), French King
To his servants: "Why do you weep? Did you think I was immortal?"
MARIE ANTOINETTE (1755-1793), French Queen
To the executioner, after she stepped on his foot: "Monsieur, I beg your pardon."
MATHER, COTTON (1663-1728), American clergyman
"Is this dying? Is this all? Is this what I feared when I prayed against a hard death? Oh, I can bear this! I can bear it!"
MORE, SIR THOMAS (1478-1535), English statesman
To the executioner: "Pluck up thy spirits, man, and be not afraid to do thine office: My neck is very short; take heed, therefore, thou strike not awry, for saving of thine honesty."
NELSON, LORD HORATIO (1758-1805), English naval commander
"Thank God I have done my duty."
POE, EDGAR ALLAN (1809-1849), American writer
"Lord help my poor soul."
ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN DELANO (1882-1945), American President
"I have a terrific headache."
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE (1858-1919), American President
"Please put out the lights."
ROUSSEAU, JEAN JACQUES (1712-1778), French philosopher
"I go to see the sun for the last time."
SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD (1856-1950), English playwright
To his nurse: "Sister, you're trying to keep me alive as an old curiosity, but I'm done, I'm finished, I'm going to die."
SOCRATES (470?-399 B.C.), Greek philosopher
"Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius; will you remember to pay the debt?"
THOREAU, HENRY DAVID (1817-1862), American writer
WASHINGTON, GEORGE (1732-1799), American President
"Doctor, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go."
ZIEGFELD, FLORENZ (1867-1932), American theatrical producer
In a delirium: "Curtain! Fast music! Lights! Ready for the last finale! Great! The show looks good. The show looks good."
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