I have a fascination with Famous Last Words, and I have accumulated a rather eclectic collection of them.
An individual’s last words are often their most beautiful, their most poignant, the funniest, the most heart-rending. The last words are often infused with the most life:
“Is someone hurt?”
-Robert Kennedy, directly after he was shot, seconds before he slipped into a coma.
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning, replying to her husband, who asked how she felt.
“Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”
“Lord help my poor soul.”
-Edgar Allen Poe
“It is very beautiful over there.”
Go away. I’m all right.”
-H. G. Wells
“Oh God, have pity on my soul. Oh God, have pity on my soul.”
(This is disputed, some sources claim the following to be the last words)
“The executioner is, I believe, very expert, and my neck is very slender.”
“But I always think the best way to know God is to love many things.”
“I shall never get rid of this depression.”
-Vincent Van Gogh
“Friends, applaud. the comedy is finished.”
(Also disputed. Possibly the following:)
“I shall hear in heaven.”
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