Best "Last Words" ever

  • "Is it not meningitis?" ~~ Louisa M. Alcott, writer, d. 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, d. 1789
  • "Am I dying or is this my birthday?" (When she woke briefly during her last illness and found all her family around her bedside.) ~~ Lady Nancy Astor, d. 1964
  • "Codeine . . . bourbon." ~~ Tallulah Bankhead, actress, d. December 12, 1968
  • "Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him." ~~ John Barrymore, actor, d. May 29, 1942
  • "Now comes the mystery." ~~ Henry Ward Beecher, evangelist, d. March 8, 1887
  • "Friends applaud, the comedy is finished." ~~ Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, d. March 26, 1827
  • "I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis." ~~ Humphrey Bogart, actor, d. January 14, 1957
  • "Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy." (Spoken to her husband of 9 months, Rev. Arthur Nicholls.) ~~ Charlotte Bronte, writer, d. March 31, 1855
  • "That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted." ~~ Lou Costello, comedian, d. 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, actress, d. May 10, 1977
  • "I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring." ~~ Richard Feynman, physicist, d. 1988
  • "Is it the Fourth?" ~~ Thomas Jefferson, US President, d. July 4, 1826
  • "Why not? Yeah." ~~ Timothy Leary, d. May 31, 1996
  • "Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal?" ~~ Louis XIV, King of France, d. 1715
  • "I am a Queen, but I have not the power to move my arms." ~~ Louise, Queen of Prussia, d. 1820
  • "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, revolutionary, d. 1883
  • "I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room - and God damn it - died in a hotel room." ~~ Eugene O'Neill, writer, d. November 27, 1953
  • "Get my swan costume ready." ~~ Anna Pavlova, ballerina, d. 1931
  • "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..." (Killed in battle during US Civil War.) ~~ General John Sedgwick, Union Commander, d. 1864
  • "I've had eighteen straight whiskies, I think that's the record..." ~~ Dylan Thomas, poet, d. 1953
  • "God bless... God damn." ~~ James Thurber, humorist, d. 1961
  • "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something." ~~ Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary, d. 1923
  • "Either that wallpaper goes, or I do." ~~ Oscar Wilde, writer, d. November 30, 1900
  • "Good people are always so sure they're right." (Executed at San Quentin.) ~~ Barbara Graham, d. June 3, 1955
  • "Hurry it up you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you're screwing around." (Executed by hanging Leavenworth, Kansas.) ~~ Carl Panzram, d. September 5, 1930
  • "So the heart be right, it is no matter which way the head lieth." (Executed by beheading.) ~~ Sir Walter Raleigh, d. October 29, 1618
  • "Pardonnez-moi, monsieur." (Spoken to the executioner, after she stepped on his foot.) ~~ Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, d. October 16, 1793
  • "Et tu, Brute?" ("You too, Brutus?") / "Kai su, teknon?" ("You too, my son?") ~~ Julius Cäsar, d. 44 B.C. It's not sure, if Julius spoke his last words, if it was spoken at all, in Latin or in the Greek that was commonly used by Roman officials...
  • "Why not? After all, it belongs to him." (In response to the priest, who was attending him on his deathbed, and said "May the Lord have mercy on your soul." ~~ Charly Chaplin, d. 1977
  • "What an irreparable loss!" ~~ Auguste Comte, d. 1857
  • "ok...ok...ok...ok..." (Last words at the accident scene in which he was killed, which an eyewitness later described as a short conversation with God.) ~~ Sam Kinison, d. April 10, 1992 (*contributed by stumpy*)
  • "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard." (reply to one of his young actors who said to him: "Sir Donald, after a life so filled with success and fame, dying must be hard...") ~~ Sir Donald Wolfit (*contributed by AJDaGreat*)
  • "I am about to -- or I am going to -- die: either expression is correct." ~~ Dominique Bouhours, French grammarian, d. 1702
  • "I am not the least afraid to die." ~~ Charles Darwin, d. April 19, 1882
  • "I'm surprised..." ~~ Aleister Crowley
  • "I know you've come to kill me. Shoot, you are only going to kill a man." ~~ Che Guevara (thanks to sane_madman)
  • "This is no time to make new enemies." (Asked on his deathbed to forswear Satan) ~~ Voltaire (1694-1778) (thanks to outback)
Author Comments: 

Last words shouldn't be commented, they wouldn't be LAST words any more. Just feel them...

Great list, welcome to Listology!

Thanks! I'm still learning, how to find this and how to make that, but it's getting better. (Maybe, in a few weeks, I won't have to look up every second word in a dictionary...)


Very interesting list... Thanks.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

You like it? Well, I'm trying to let it grow...

Sam Kinison's last words at the accident scene in which he was killed. A fading "ok...ok...ok...ok...", just after what an eyewitness later described as a short conversation with God.

Great! I hope, it's okay, when I put this to my list...

I did a two page Google search for the entire story but couldn't find more than his "giving up the argument" words. It's out there if somebody wants to look hard for it. A person really needs to know a little about Kinison's life to get the full impact of his final words. In that way it may not fit your list. Keep up the good work!

But I like it, and I'm not going to delete it from the list... :-)

"Dying is easy. Comedy is hard." - Sir Leonard Wolfit

Thanks! But tell me, (I pray, you can forgive me) who is Leonard Wolfit? I couldn't find anything about this man... And when did he die?

Terribly sorry, his name is actually Sir Donald Wolfit. I don't actually know very much about the man, I just like that quote. Here's a blurb about that line I found here:

When Sir Donald Wolfit, the last of the great English actor/managers, was lying on his death bed, one of his young actors said to him:

"Sir Donald, after a life so filled with success and fame, dying must be hard..."

To which Sir Donald replied: "Dying is easy... Comedy is hard."

No problem, I'll correct it immediately...

Ahah this is excellent ! :)

I know you've come to kill me. Shoot, you are only going to kill a man.
-Che Guevara


Voltaire (1694-1778)"This is no time to make new enemies."(Asked on his deathbed to forswear Satan)