Thursday, January 12, 2012

Today's Trivia – Famous Last Words (Part 1)


This week’s trivia is a collection of last words spoken by famous people before they died...

“Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.”
From Luke 23:46
Jesus Christ

“Does nobody understand?”
James Joyce
Died: 1941

“A King should die standing.”
King of France
Died: 1824

“Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal? ”
Louis XIV
King of France
Died: 1715

“I am a Queen, but I have not the power to move my arms.”
Queen of Prussia
Died: 1820

“Let's cool it brothers . . .”
Spoken to his assassins, 3 men who shot him 16 times.
Malcolm X
Black leader
Died: 1966

“Go on, get out - last words are for fools who haven't said enough."
To his housekeeper, who urged him to tell her his last words so she could write them down for posterity. ”
Karl Marx
Died: 1883

“Get my swan costume ready.”
Anna Pavlova
Died: 1931

“Lord help my poor soul.”
Edgar Allan Poe
Died: October 7, 1849

“I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you. ”
Spoken to his wife.
James K. Polk
US President
Died: 1849

“I have a terrific headache.”
He died of a cerebral hemorrhage.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
US President
Died: 1945
“Put out the light.”
Theodore Roosevelt
US President
Died: 1919

“They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist. . . . ”
Killed in battle during US Civil War.
General John Sedgwick
Union Commander
Died: 1864

“Sister, you're trying to keep me alive as an old curiosity, but I'm done, I'm finished, I'm going to die.”
Spoken to his nurse.
George Bernard Shaw
Died: November 2, 1950

“I've had eighteen straight whiskies; I think that's the record . . .”
Dylan Thomas
Died: 1953

“I feel here that this time they have succeeded.”
Leon Trotsky
Russian revolutionary
Died: 1940

“Don't worry chief, it will be alright.”
Rudolph Valentino
Died: August 23, 1926

“Woe is me. Me thinks I'm turning into a god.”
Roman Emperor
Died: 79 AD

“I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have."
Leonardo da Vinci
Died: 1519

“I die hard but am not afraid to go.”
George Washington
US President
Died: December 14, 1799

“Go away. I'm all right.”
H. G. Wells
Died: 1946

“Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”
Oscar Wilde
Died: November 30, 1900

“I am ready.”
Woodrow Wilson
US President
Died: 1924


  1. Leon Trotsky's words were quite perceptive -- given that he had an ice pick in his head.

  2. Lol, Oscar Wilde's last words are hilarious!

  3. @Debra: That's for sure! What a horrible way to go.


    @Jane: Quite a character!