Last Words

Imagine being on your deathbed. What would you say? What would you finally realize after many years of living? We go through our life, troubled by things that do not matter. Then in our last hours, we realize the truth. We confess our darkest secrets. We say goodbye to the ones we love. Here are some famous last words from people. We can all learn something from these people.


  • Have you made peace with God? "I never quarreled with my God." But aren't you concerned about the next world? "One world at a time." -Henry David Thoreau having a conversation with his aunt.
  • "I hope I haven't bored you." -Elvis Presley (at his last press conference)
  • "My fun days are over." -James Dean
  • "Goodnight my darlings, I'll see you tomorrow." -Noel Coward
  • How do you feel? "Beautiful." -Elizabeth Barrett Browning (when asked by her husband how she felt.)
  • "Farewell, my children, forever. I go with your father." -Marie Antoinette
  • "I see black light." -Victor Hugo
  • "It's very beautiful over there." -Thomas Edison
  • "Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years. I'm too much of an erratic, moody baby! I don't have the passion anymore, and so remember, it's better to burn out than to fade away." -Kurt Cobain
  • "Say goodbye to Pat, say goodbye to the president, and say goodbye to yourself, because you're a nice guy." -Marilyn Monroe
  • "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." & "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." -Jesus Christ, to a criminal dying next to him, and his last words on the cross.
  • "We live on a hunk of rock and metal that circles a hundrum start that is one of 400 billion other starts that make up the Milky Way Galaxy which is one of billions of other galaxies which make up a universe which may be one of a very large number, perhaps an infinite number, of other universes. That is a perspective on human life and our culture that is well worth pondering." -Carl Sagan
  • "You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier 'til this terrible disease came. I can't fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see, I can't even write this properly. I can't read. What i want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that - everybody knows it. If anyone could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. 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. -Virginia Woolf (writing to her love in her suicide note)
  • "I must go in, the fog is rising." -Emily Dickinson
  • "I can't sleep."- J.M. Barrie
  • "Turn up the lights, I don't want to go home in the dark." -William Sidney Porter
  • "Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy." -Charlotte Bronte, while speaking to her husband.
  • "Death, the only immortal, who treats us alike, whose peace and refuge are for all. The soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved."-Mark Twain
  • "Work hard to gain your own salvation." -Buddha
  • "My God. What's happened?" -Princess Diana
  • "I believe that a life lived for music is an existence spent wonderfully, and this is what I have dedicated my life to." -Luciano Pavarotti
  • "Tell them I've had a wonderful life." -Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • "So little done, so much to do." -Cecil Rhodes
How did reading all of that make you feel? I just had to type them and I felt very sad, a tear came to my eye. We go through our whole life knowing that death could take us at any second, and when it does, we are still so shocked. Although it make be hard to take all of this in, the lesson to be learnt is to live in the present happily and fearlessly. To cherish those you love. Eat, drink, be merry. Do not deny yourself the pleasures of life because they will be gone one day. We don't know what will come next. It may be nothing, it may be everything. But now, we have every opportunity to be happy and enjoy life. So do it. Carpe diem.

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