100 Best Last Words Spoken By World Famous People At Death

Life is a struggle, and so is death for some people. The last thing anyone wants to do on his dying bed is to regret a life already spent and to exit the earth without saying a notable word. Most people on their dying beds mutter one or two things before they take their final breath and these words are said spontaneously. Death does not give anyone time to gather the best last words to say but there are several of these words by famous people that appear poetic, and scripted – some of the words are funny and others motivating. Death came to these historical figures listed here, in their bed, on the battle field or somewhere they didn’t expect it to come,  but they were able to say something distinct that is worth including in this list of best Last Words Spoken By World Famous People At Death.

1. Louis XIV – King of France

“Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal?”

2. Errol Flynn – Actor

“I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

3. Humphrey Bogart –  Actor

“I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.”

4. Winston Churchill – Statesman

“I’m bored with it all.”

5. Jesus Christ – Savior of the world

“Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.”

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6. Lou Costello – Comedian

“That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted.”

7. Karl Marx – Revolutionary

“Go on, get out – last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.”

8. Eugene O’Neill – Writer

“I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room – and God damn it – died in a hotel room.”

9. James K. Polk – US President

“I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.”

10. Amelia Earhart –  Last radio communiqué before her disappearance.

“Please know that I am quite aware of the hazards. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

11. Voltaire – Philosopher

“Now, now, my good man, this is not time for making enemies.”

12. Anna Pavlova – Ballerina

“Get my swan costume ready.”

13. Lady Nancy Astor

“Am I dying or is this my birthday?”

14. Edmund Gwenn – Actor

“Yes, it’s tough, but not as tough as doing comedy.”

15. Leonardo da Vinci – Artist

“I have offended God and mankind because my work didn’t reach the quality it should have.”

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16. Oscar Wilde – Writer

“Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”

17. Pancho Villa – Mexican revolutionary

“Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something.”

18. O. Henry (William Sidney Porter) – Writer

“Turn up the lights, I don’t want to go home in the dark.”

19. General John Sedgewick – Union Commander

“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist…”

20. Henry Ward Beecher –  Evangelist

“Now comes the mystery!”

21. Kit Carson – Pioneer

“I just wish I had time for one more bowl of chili.”

22. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. – Actor

“I’ve never felt better.”

23. Ludwig van Beethoven – Composer

“Friends applaud, the comedy is over.”

24. Ethel Barrymore – Actress

“Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I’m happy.”

25. Thomas Alva Edison – American inventor & businessman

“It is very beautiful over there.”

26. Edgar Allen Poe – Writer

“Lord help my poor soul.”

27. Theodore Roosevelt – US President

“Put out the light.”

28. George Bernard Shaw – Playwright

“Sister, you’re trying to keep me alive as an old curiosity, but I’m done, I’m finished, I’m going to die.”

29. Benjamin Franklin –  Statesman

“A dying man can do nothing easy.”

30. Emily Dickinson – Poet

“I must go in, the fog is rising.”

31. John Quincy Adams – US President

“This is the last of earth, I am content.”

32. Stonewall Jackson – General

“Let us cross over the river and sit in the shade of the trees.”

33. Andrew Jackson – US President

“Oh, do not cry – be good children and we will all meet in heaven.”

34. Thomas Hobbes – Writer

“I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.”

35. George Washington – US President

“It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.”

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36. Noel Coward – Writer

“Goodnight my darlings, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

37. Walter De La Mare – Writer

“Too late for fruit, too soon for flowers.”

38. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron – Writer

“Now I shall go to sleep. Good night.”

39. Grover Cleveland –  US President

“I have tried so hard to do the right.”

40. Dylan Thomas – Poet

“I’ve had eighteen straight whiskies, I think that’s the record…”

41. Dominique Bouhours – French grammarian

“I am about to — or I am going to — die: either expression is correct.”

42. Ernesto Che Guevara

“I know you have come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man.”

43. John Barrymore Actor

“Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.”

44. Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby – Singer/Actor

“That was a great game of golf, fellers.”

45. Charles Darwin – English naturalist & Geologist

“I am not the least afraid to die.”

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46. H. G. Wells – Novelist

“Go away, I’m all right!”

47. Lady Mary Wortley Mantagu

“It’s all been very interesting.”

48. Frederic Chopin – Composer

“The earth is suffocating . . . Swear to make them cut me open, so that I won’t be buried alive.”

49. Maximilian – Emperor of Mexico

“I forgive everybody. I pray that everybody may also forgive me, and my blood which is about to be shed will bring peace to Mexico. Long live Mexico, Long Live Independence.”

50. Lord George Byron – Writer

‘Now I shall go to sleep. Goodnight.’

51. François Rabelais – Writer

“I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor.”

52. Malcolm X – Black leader

“Let’s cool it brothers…”

53. Franz Leher –  Composer

“Now I have finished with all earthly business, and high time too. Yes, yes, my dear child, now comes death.”

54. Johannes Brahms – Composer

“Ah, that tastes nice. Thank you.”

55. Elizabeth I – Queen of England

“All my possessions for a moment of time.”

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56. Ethan Allen – American Revolutionary general

“Waiting are they? Waiting are they? Well–let ’em wait.”.

57.  Jessica Dubroff – Seven-year-old Pilot

“Do you hear the rain? Do you hear the rain?”

58. Chief Sitting Bull – Activist

“I am not going. Do with me what you like. I am not going. Come on! Come on! Take action! Let’s go!”

59. Richard Feynman – Physicist

“I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.”

60. Thomas Jefferson –  US President

“Is it the Fourth?”

61. Tallulah Bankhead – Actress

“Codeine . . . bourbon”.

62. Woodrow Wilson – US President

“I am ready”.

63. Louis XVIII – King of France

“A King should die standing”.

64. Anton Pavlovich Chekhov – Writer

“I am dying. I haven’t drunk champagne for a long time.”

65. Edward VII – King of Britain

“No, I shall not give in. I shall go on. I shall work to the end.”


66. Louise – Queen of Prussia

“I am a Queen, but I have not the power to move my arms.”

67. Joseph Addison – Writer

“See in what peace a Christian can die.”

68. Alexander Pope – Writer

“Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms.”

69. James M. Barrie – Author

“I can’t sleep.”

70. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Writer

“Come my little one, and give me your hand.”

71. Pietro Perugino – Italian painter

“I am curious to see what happens in the next world to one who dies unshriven.”

72. Georges Clemenceau – French Premier

“This time it will be a long one.”

73. Charles II – King of England and Scotland

“Don’t let poor Nelly (his mistress, Nell Gwynne) starve.”

74. Rudolph Valentino – Actor

“Don’t worry chief, it will be alright.”

75. Gaius Julius Caesar – Roman Emperor

“Et tu, Brute?”

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76. James Joyce – Writer

“Does nobody understand?”

77. Jane Austen – Writer

“Nothing, but death.”

78. Louisa May Alcott – Writer

“Is it not meningitis?”

79. James Thurber – Humorist

“God bless… God damn.”

80. Boris Pasternak – Writer

“Good-bye . . . why am I hemorrhaging?”

81. Napoleon Bonaparte – French Emperor

“Who retreats’ or definitely: ‘At the head of the Army.”

82. Henry David Thoreau – Writer


83. Henry VIII – King of England

“All is lost. Monks, monks, monks”

84. Vespasian – Roman Emperor

“Woe is me. Me thinks I’m turning into a god.”

 85. Louis B. Mayer – Film producer

“Nothing matters. Nothing matters”.

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86. Charlotte Bronte – Writer

“Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy.”

87. Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Writer


88. Victor Hugo – Writer

“I see black light.”

89. Leon Trotsky – Russian revolutionary

“I feel here that this time they have succeeded.”

90. Princess Di – Lady Diana (Spencer) – Princess of Wales

“My God. What’s happened?”

91. P. T. Barnum – Entrepreneur

“How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?

92. Timothy Leary – Psychologist

“Why not? Yeah.”

93. Heinrich Heine – Poet

“God will pardon me, that’s his line of work.”

94. Franklin Delano Roosevelt – US President

“I have a terrific headache.”

95. Joan Crawford – Actress

“Damn it…Don’t you dare ask God to help me”

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96. Thomas à Becket – Archbishop of Canterbury

“I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace.”

97. Charles V, King of France

“Ay Jesus.”

98. Gaius Caligula – Roman Emperor

“I am still alive”

99. Isadora Duncan – Dancer

“Adieu, mes amis. Je vais la gloire.”

100. Florenz Ziegfeld – Showman

“Curtain, Fast music, Light, Ready for the last finale, Great, The show looks good, the show looks good”

Amira Daniel
Amira is a personal finance and entertainment writer by trade with several years of experience covering businesses, CEOs, and celebrity profiles, her favourite subjects include business and personal finance, entertainment, celebrities, and travel. When she's not writing, you can find her reading or catching up on any of her favourite series


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