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"Thomas Jefferson--still survives..."

John Adams, US President, d. July 4, 1826
(Actually, Jefferson had died earlier that same day.)

"Am I dying or is this my birthday?"

When she woke briefly during her last illness and
found all her family around her bedside.
Lady Nancy Astor, d. 1964

"Nothing, but death."

When asked by her sister, Cassandra, if there was
anything she wanted.
Jane Austen, writer, d. July 18, 1817

"Now comes the mystery."

Henry Ward Beecher, evangelist, d. March 8, 1887

"Friends applaud, the comedy is finished."

Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, d. March 26, 1827

"I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis."

Humphrey Bogart, actor, d. January 14, 1957


Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor, May 5, 1821

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

Spoken to her husband of 9 months, Rev. Arthur Nicholls.
Charlotte Bronte, writer, d. March 31, 1855


In reply to her husband who had asked how she felt.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, writer, d. June 28, 1861

"Now I shall go to sleep. Goodnight."

Lord George Byron, writer, d. 1824

"Don't let poor Nelly (his mistress, Nell Gwynne) starve."

Charles II, King of England, d. 1685

"I'm bored with it all."

Before slipping into a coma. He died 9 days later.
Winston Churchill, statesman, d. January 24, 1965

"This time it will be a long one."

Georges Clemenceau, French premier, d. 1929

"Goodnight my darlings, I'll see you tomorrow."

Noel Coward, writer, d. 1973

"That was a great game of golf, fellers."

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, singer / actor,
d. October 14, 1977

"I am not the least afraid to die."

Charles Darwin, d. April 19, 1882

"I must go in, the fog is rising."

Emily Dickinson, poet, d. 1886

"Adieu, mes amis. Je vais la gloire.
(Farewell, my friends! I go to glory!)"

Isadora Duncan, dancer, d. 1927

"It is very beautiful over there."

Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, d. October 18, 1931

"I've never felt better."

Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., actor, d. December 12, 1939

"I've had a hell of a lot of fun and I've enjoyed
every minute of it."

Errol Flynn, actor, d. October 14, 1959

"Come my little one, and give me your hand."

Spoken to his daughter, Ottilie.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer, d. March 22, 1832

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

Facing his assassin, Mario Teran,
a Bolivian soldier.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara, d. October 9, 1967

"Turn up the lights, I don't want to go home
in the dark."

O. Henry (William Sidney Porter), writer, d. June 4, 1910

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

Thomas Hobbes, writer, d. 1679

"I see black light."

Victor Hugo, writer, d. May 22, 1885

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

Killed in error by his own troops at the battle
of Chancellorsville
during the US Civil War.
General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, d. 1863

"Is it the Fourth?"

Thomas Jefferson, US President, d. July 4, 1826

"Does nobody understand?"

James Joyce, writer, d. 1941

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

Franz Leher, composer, d. October 24, 1948

"Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal?"

Louis XIV, King of France, d. 1715

"Let's cool it brothers..."

Spoken to his assassins, 3 men who shot him
16 times.
Malcolm X, Black leader, d. 1966

"Go on, get out - last words are for fools who
haven't said enough."

To his housekeeper, who urged him to tell her his
last words so she could write them down for posterity.
Karl Marx, revolutionary, d. 1883

"It's all been very interesting."

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, writer, d. 1762

"I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room
- and God damn it - died in a hotel room."

Eugene O'Neill, writer, d. November 27, 1953

"Get my swan costume ready."

Anna Pavlova, ballerina, d. 1931

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

Giving his reasons for refusing to see a priest
as he lay dying.
Pietro Perugino, Italian painter, d. 1523

"Lord help my poor soul."

Edgar Allan Poe, writer, d. October 7, 1849

"I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you."

Spoken to his wife.
James K. Polk, US President, d. 1849

"Put out the light."

Theodore Roosevelt, US President, d. 1919

"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..."

Killed in battle during US Civil War.
General John Sedgwick, Union Commander, d. 1864

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

Spoken to his nurse.
George Bernard Shaw, playwright, d. November 2, 1950

"I've had eighteen straight whiskies,
I think that's the record..."

Dylan Thomas, poet, d. 1953

"Don't worry chief, it will be alright."

Rudolph Valentino, actor, d. August 23, 1926

"Don't let it end like this.
Tell them I said something."

Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary, d. 1923

"I have offended God and mankind because my work
did not reach the quality it should have."

Leonardo da Vinci, artist, d. 1519

"Go away. I'm all right."

H. G. Wells, novelist, d. 1946

"Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."

Oscar Wilde, writer, d. November 30, 1900

"Curtain! Fast music! Light! Ready for the last finale!
Great! The show looks good, the show looks good!"

Florenz Ziegfeld, showman, d. July 22, 1932

Music: Toccata et Fuga in D Minor by J.S Bach performed by Galbatron