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Last Words Of Famous People through History


SOCRATES: "Krito, we owe a cock to lEsculapius; discharge the debt and by no means omit it."

RALEIGH: "Why dost thou not strike? Strike, man!" (To the executioner who was hesitating.)

CHARLES I.: "Remember!"

CHARLES II.: "Don't let poor Nelly starve." (Referring to his favorite Nell Gwri).

MME. DE POMPADOUR: "Un moment, Monsieur le Cur, nous nous en irons ensemble." ("One moment—we will go together." To the cure of the Madeleine, who had called to see her, and was taking his leave, as she seemed just about to expire).

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: "A dying man can do nothing easy."

DR. WILLIAM HUNTER: "If I had strength enough to hold a pen, I would write how easy and pleasant a thing it is to die."

BURNS: "That scoundrel, Matthew Penn!" (The solicitor, who had written to him about a debt, and had inspired the poet with fears of a jail.)


ADMIRAL NELSON: "I thank God I have done my duty."

NAPOLEON: "Mon Dieu—La Nation Francaise—nte d'arinee—" ("My God—the French Nation—Head of the Army.")

BYRON: "I must sleep now."

GEORGE IV.: "Watty, what is this? It is death, my boy—they have deceived me."

GOETHE: "More light!—More light!"

EARL OF ELDON: "It matters not to me, where I am going, whether the weather be hot or cold." (In answer to a remark that it was a cold day.)

KING JAMES V. OF SCOTLAND: "It came with a lass, and it will go with one." (Alluding to the intelligence brought to him, that his wife was delivered of a daughter, the heiress of the crown, and to the,fact of the crown having come into his family by the daughter of King Robert Bruce).

GAINSBOROUGH: "We are all going to Heaven, and Vandyke is of the company."

EARL OF CHESTERFIELD (famous as an arbiter of good manners) : "Give Dayrolles a chair."

CROMWELL: "It is not my design to drink or sleep, but my design is to make what haste I can to be gone."

MOHAMMED: "Oh, Allah! be it so—among the glorious associates in Paradise."

GENERAL WOLFE: "What, do they run already? Then I die happy."

SAMUEL JOHNSON: "God bless you, my clear." (To. a Miss Morris, who asked him for his blessing.)

HENRY WARD BEECHER: "Now comes the mystery."

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: "I shall hear in heaven." (Beethoven was deaf during his later years—and composed many works without being able to hear them.)

WASHINGTON IRVING: "I must arrange my pillows for another weary night."

MCIINLEY: "It is God's way. His will be done, not ours."

EDGAR ALLAN POE: "Lord, help my soul."

KONG-Fu-TsE (Confucius) : "I have taught men how to live."

NATHAN HALE: "I only regret that I have but one life to give to my country."

THOMAS JEFFERSON: "I resign my spirit to God, my daughter to my country."

JOHN KEATS: "I feel the flowers growing over me."

RABELAIS: "Let down the curtain, the farce is over."

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS: "I know that all things on earth must come to an end, and now I am come to mine."

HENRY THOREAU: "I leave this world without a regret."

THOMAS (Stonewall) JACKSON: "Let us go over the river, and sit under the refreshing shadow of the trees."

ROOSEVELT: "Put out the light, please."

JOHN BURROUGHS: "How far are we from home?"

FRANKLIN K. LANE: "I Will see you in the morning."

Source: THE MENTOR, Volume 9, Number 6, July 1, 1921, Page 39

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