“Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.” – Karl Marx
What would you say with your final breath? There have been many famous last words throughout history. Some were funny, some fitting, and others tragic. Here are a few of our favorites:
- “I’m going away tonight.” – James Brown. The godfather of soul uttered the phrase to his manager Charles Bobbit on Christmas morning when he passed away.
- “I found Rome of clay; I leave it to you of marble.” – Augustus Caesar
- “I’ve had 18 straight whiskies… I think that’s the record.” – Dylan Thomas, who met an unfortunate demise at 39 years old.
- “Let me die in this old uniform in which I fought my battles. May God forgive me for ever having put on another.” – Benedict Arnold. Talk about a change of heart. The famous traitor apparently wanted to wear the uniform of the U.S. continental army on his deathbed.
- “Why not? After all, it belongs to him.” – Charlie Chaplin responding to the priest’s last rites, “May the Lord have mercy on your soul.”
- “You got me.” – John Dillinger, whose criminal life finally caught up to him.
- “I’m going to be with Gloria now.” The final words of beloved actor, James Stewart. Stewart was speaking about his wife, who passed a few years earlier.
- “I should have drunk more Champagne.” – John Maynard Keynes, the famous economist.
- “Ok, I won’t.” – Elvis Presley‘s last comment as he went to the bathroom. His fiancée had told him, “don’t fall asleep in there.”
- “I’m so bored with it all.” – Winston Churchhill‘s final words before slipping into a coma.
- “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP” – The last public words from Leonard Nimoy. LLAP stands for “live long and prosper,” the famous quote from Spock, the character Nimoy played in Star Trek.
- “Why should I talk to you? I’ve just been talking with your boss.” – Wilson Mizner the famous playwright, after speaking to a priest.
- “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.” – Joe DiMaggio’s last words were on the true love of his life, Marilyn Monroe.
- “Tomorrow, at sunrise, I shall no longer be here.” The famous Nostradamus was finally right about one of his predictions.
- “I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.” – Errol Flynn, the famous on-screen action hero. He lived a life of adventure, and true to his nature was buried with six bottles of whiskey.
What are some of your favorite last words? Share them with us in the comments below!