Famous Last Words
“Last word” are words uttered by people before dying. I found some really interesting last word of famous people which showed how courageously they encountered death.
To the strongest!
Alexander the Great In response to his generals asking the heirless Alexander which one of them would get control of the empire.
See in what peace a Christian can die.
Joseph Addison, writer, d. June 17, 1719
Waiting are they? Waiting are they? Well–let ’em wait.
In response to an attending doctor who attempted to comfort him by saying, “General, I fear the angels are waiting for you.”
~~ Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary general, d. 1789
I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace.
~~ Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, d.1170
Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.
~~ Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, d. March 26, 1827
Et tu, Brute? (you too Brutus)
~~ Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman Emperor, d. 44 BC
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
Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.
From Luke 23:46
~~ Jesus Christ
Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal?
~~ Louis XIV, King of France, d. 1715
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
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
Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you.
Mother Teresa (Sept 5, 1997) Sister Nirmala Joshi recalled, “Just hours before her death, Mother Teresa spoke about the Little Flower, St. Therese. She has just been declared a ‘Doctor of the Church’ by Pope John Paul II. Her last words are: “Can you imagine, for doing little things with great love, the Church is making her a Doctor, like St. Augustine and the big St. Teresa! It is just like Jesus said in the Gospel to the one who was seated in the lowest place: “Friend, come up higher.” St. Therese’s last words were quite similar, “Oh, I love him; my God, I love you”.
By William Wallace (Scottish Freedom Fighter)