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

"More light!"

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

"Moose. Indian."

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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