Thursday, February 23, 2012

Today's Trivia - Famous Last Words (Part 2)

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

“Thomas Jefferson still survives...”
John Adams, US President,
Died July 4, 1826
(Actually, Jefferson had died earlier that same day.)

“This is the last of earth! I am content.”
John Quincy Adams
US President
Died: February 21, 1848

“Is it not meningitis?”
Louisa M. Alcott
Died: 1888

“Waiting are they? Waiting are they? Well--let 'em wait.”
In response to an attending doctor who attempted to comfort him by saying, "General, I fear the angels are waiting for you."
Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary General
Died: 1789

“Nothing, but death.”
When asked by her sister, Cassandra, if there was anything she wanted.
Jane Austen
Died: July 18, 1817

“Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.”
Ludwig van Beethoven
Died: March 26, 1827

“I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.”
Humphrey Bogart
Died: January 14, 1957

“Josephine... ”
Napoleon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Died: May 5, 1821

“Ah, that tastes nice. Thank you.”
Johannes Brahms
Died: April 3, 1897

“Et too, Brute?”
Gaius Julius Caesar
Roman Emperor
Died: 44 BC

“I am still alive!”
Stabbed to death by his own guards - (as reported by Roman historian Tacitus)
Gaius Caligula
Roman Emperor
Died: 41 AD

“Don't let poor Nelly (his mistress, Nell Gwynne) starve.”
Charles II
King of England and Scotland
Died: 1685

“Ay Jesus.”
Charles V
King of France
Died: 1380

“The earth is suffocating . . . Swear to make them cut me open, so that I won't be buried alive.”
Dying of tuberculosis.
Frederic Chopin
Died: October 16, 1849

“I'm bored with it all.”
Before slipping into a coma. He died 9 days later.
Winston Churchill
Died: January 24, 1965

“That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted.”
Lou Costello
Died: March 3, 1959

“Damn it . . . Don't you dare ask God to help me.”
To her housekeeper, who had begun to pray aloud.
Joan Crawford
Died: May 10, 1977

“That was a great game of golf, fellers.”
Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby
Singer / Actor
Died: October 14, 1977

“I am not the least afraid to die.”
Charles Darwin
Died: April 19, 1882

“My God. What's happened?"
Diana (Spencer)
Princess of Wales
Died: August 31, 1997

“I must go in, the fog is rising.”
Emily Dickinson
Died: 1886

“It is very beautiful over there.”
Thomas Alva Edison
Died: October 18, 1931

“No, I shall not give in. I shall go on. I shall work to the end.”
Edward VII
King of Britain
Died: 1910

“All my possessions for a moment of time.”
Elizabeth I
Queen of England
Died: 1603

“I've had a hell of a lot of fun and I've enjoyed every minute of it.”
Errol Flynn
Died: October 14, 1959

“A dying man can do nothing easy.”
Benjamin Franklin
Died: April 17, 1790

“Turn up the lights; I don't want to go home in the dark.”
O. Henry (William Sidney Porter)
Died: June 4, 1910

“All is lost. Monks, monks, monks! ”
Henry VIII
King of England
Died: 1547

“I see black light.”
Victor Hugo
Died: May 22, 1885

“Oh, do not cry - be good children and we will all meet in heaven.”
Andrew Jackson
US President
Died: 1845

“Let us cross over the river and sit in the shade of the trees.”
Killed in error by his own troops at the battle of Chancellorsville during the US Civil War.
General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
Died: 1863

“Is it the Fourth?”
Thomas Jefferson
US President
Died: July 4, 1826


  1. Great selection, I love reading this kind of stuff!

  2. I just did a post on Eric Liddell and his last words were "It's complete surrender", in reference how he had given his life to God.

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    1. I'm tongue-tied today, lol!

      Lady Diana's last words gave me a chill. I remember that exact moment I heard she'd passed away. Wonder if she had any idea how much her death would affect the world?

    2. I remember it very well, too. The whole world mourned.

  4. Kind of neat that Thomas Jefferson passed away on the very day the US declared independence.