The Last Words Of A Famous Few

wordsPoignant, funny, sad, weird or mean—last words can be profound or impactful as we shuffle off the stage of life.

Here are some notable examples:

Aldus Huxley (humanist): “It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘Try and be a little kinder.’”

Karl Marx: “Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!”

Napoleon Bonaparte: “I marvel that where the ambitious dreams of myself and of Alexander and of Caesar should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant—Jesus—should be able to stretch his hands across the centuries, and control the destinies of men and nations.”

Leonardo da Vinci: “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”

Leo Tolstoy: “Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six.”

Benjamin Franklin: “A dying man can do nothing easy.”

Hugo Grotius: “I have lived my life in a laborious doing of nothing.”

Marie Antoinette: “Pardonnez-moi, monsieur.”

Harriet Tubman: “Swing low, sweet chariot.”

Sir Isaac Newton: “I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

Louise-Marie-Thérèse de Saint Maurice, Comtesse de Vercellis: “Good. A woman who can fart is not dead.”

Actress Joan Crawford: “Damn it! Don’t you dare ask God to help me!”

Yvad Billings Readers Bureau, Fellow

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