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20 More Famous Last Words

by strasoldo
fact checked by Alex Hanton

This list is a follow up to 20 Famous Last Words. Some of the quotes were taken from the comments, some from my own knowledge and research. The deathbed can lead people to speak with great honesty and, in many cases, humor. These quotes strike a chord with all of us as, inevitably, we will all one day be in the same position – what will you say on your deathbed?


Items 1 – 5

By The Deathbed1. Es Lebe Die Freiheit! (Long live freedom!)

Said by: Hans Scholl – German resistance leader, spoken from the guillotine, before his execution in 1943.

2. Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!

Said by: Karl Marx, asked by his housekeeper if he had any last words.

3. I have not told half of what I saw.

Said by: Marco Polo – Venetian traveller and writer.

4. A King should die standing.

Said by: Louis XVIII, king of France. King Louis suffered from gout which left him wheelchair-bound most of his adult life.

5. Brothers! Brothers, please! This is a house of peace!

Said by: Malcom X – American human rights activist, breaking up a fight moments before he was shot.


Items 6 – 10

Death-Bed-Abraham-Lincoln6. Die, my dear? Why, that’s the last thing I’ll do!

Said by: Groucho Marx

7. Hello. We’re looking in … We’re overlooking the Financial Center. Three of us. Two broken windows — Oh god! Oh g—

Said by: Kevin Cosgrove, an office worker who called for help during the 09/11 attacks and was cut off as the building collapsed around him.

8. In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first — attempted suicide.

Said by: Christine Chubbuck, 30-year-old anchorwoman, who shot herself live on the air.

9. Now I can cross the Shifting Sands.

Said by: L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz. The Shifting Sands are the impassable deserts surrounding the Land of Oz.

10. France, armée, Joséphine… (France, army, Josephine…)

Said by: Napoleon Bonaparte – Emperor of France, on his deathbed.


Items 11 – 15

Lord-Byron-On-His-Death-Bed11. Relax — This won’t hurt.

Said by: Author Hunter S. Thompson. It was the final sentence on his suicide note.

12. Acta est fabula, plaudite! (The play is over, applaud!)

Said by: Attributed to Caesar Augustus, ruler of the Roman empire. (This phrase was commonly used to signal the end of a show in Roman theatres)

13. I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.

Said by: Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara de la Serna Lynch, right before his execution in Bolivia.

14. My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.

Said by: Oscar Wilde

15. This is a hell of a way to die.

Said by: George S. Patton, who died from a car accident, while out hunting.


Items 16 – 20

Death-Bed16. We got a bad fire! Let’s get out – we’re burning up…

Said by: An Appolo 1 astronaut, probably Roger Chaffee. All three crew members died in a launchpad fire in 1967.

17. Home to the palace to die…

Said by: Czar Alexander II of Russia after an anarchist assassination attempt. He died of his wounds mere hours later.

18. Don’t disturb my circles!

Said by: Archimedes – Greek mathematician who was killed by the Romans, while proving geometric theorems in the sand before him.

19. Don’t let me die like this, say I said something.

Said by: Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary.

20. Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.

Said by: George Appel, a convicted murderer, was sentenced to the electric chair. He shouted these words to members of the press who were to witness his execution.

fact checked by Alex Hanton