Death and Dying: Famous Last Words
When you’re time comes, what will your last words be?
There will come a time for all of us when life will end. What do you want to express before you take your final breath?
Below is a selection of last words said by famous individuals – musicians, presidents, writers, and actors.
Famous last words:
Ludwig van Beethoven
Pity, pity — too late!
It’s better to burn out than to fade away. Peace, love, empathy.
Love one another.
Don’t be in such a hurry.
Money can’t buy life.
I love you more.
A dying man can do nothing easily.
I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.
I resign my spirit to God, my daughter to my country.
Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt
Please put out the light.
I want to go. I’m ready to go. God, take me.
I want nothing but death.
I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.
Edgar Allen Poe
Lord, help my poor soul.
George Bernard Shaw
Sister, you’re trying to keep me alive as an old curiosity, but I’m done. I’m finished. I’m going to die.
Mark Twain — Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Goodbye. If we meet…
Virginia Woolf (Before drowning herself in a river, Woolf left a suicide note for her husband)
I can’t go on spoiling your life any longer. I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been. V.
Say goodbye to Pat, say goodbye to Jack and say goodbye to yourself, because you’re a nice guy.
One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes.
Leah Yomtovian Roush is the Senior Manager of Strategic Development for Cleveland, Ohio-based eFuneral, a comprehensive and free online resource that enables those thinking about end-of-life to research, plan, and arrange a wide variety of funeral-related services. Leah is the editor of eFuneral's Online Resource Center, and she manages the company's marketing efforts and develops strategies for company growth. Leah also serves on the Boards of multiple non-profit organizations, helping them expand their reaches and increase their impacts.