Famous Last Words
One of my passions is History. I enjoy nothing more than to read about all the famous people who made history throughout the centuries. Here are the famous last words of 10 famous people; randomly chosen.
Famous Last Words
The exact last words of a dying person are sometimes a matter of argument. Just think about all the legal ramifications of the so-called death-bed confessions of criminals. In general with so-called famous last words whether from a criminal or Joe Citizen, incoherence, the chance presence or absence of witnesses and family sentiment can all interfere with an accurate record.
There are many famous last word quotes of famous personality but fortunately in such cases it goes through many checks and balances before it is rubber-stamped as authentic. In this regard historians play a vital role to audit this type of famous last words.
The following quoted last words of 10 famous people stood the test of time and are widely accepted as the real thing by historians:
1. “I shall hear in heaven” – Ludwig Van Beethoven, German composer who suffered progressive impairment of his hearing for the last 29 years of his life. He died in 1827
2. “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have” – Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian artist and inventor who died in 1519.
3. “Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it” – William Somerset Maugham, famous British author who died in 1965.
4. “Go on get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough” – Karl Marx the German philosopher who died in 1883 said these words to his housekeeper after she asked if he had a last message for the world.
5. “I am just going outside and I may be some time” – The last words of Lawrence Oates, British explorer who walked to his death in 1912 in an attempt to save his starving companions during Scott’s expedition to the Pole.
6. “So little done, so much to do” – Cecil John Rhodes, South African tycoon and statesman who died in 1902.
7. “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist…..” – General John Sedgwick, Union Commander in the American Civil War, shot at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in 1864 while looking over a parapet at the enemy lines.
8. “Now I am satisfied. Thank God, I have done my duty” – Admiral Horatio Nelson who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
9. “I desire to go to hell and not to heaven. In the former place I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, while in the latter are only beggars, monks and apostles” – Niccolò Machiavelli, Florentine diplomat and political philosopher who died in 1527.
10. “Such is life” – Ned Kelly, Australian Outlaw and gang leader who was hanged in 1880.