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LAST WORDS
[ Also see Epitaphs ]

This is the last of earth! I am content.
      - John Quincy Adams,
        Life of John Quincy Adams,
        his last words

I don't feel good.
      - Luther Burbank, his last words

I have been dying for twenty years, now I am going to live.
      - James Drummond Burns, his last words

I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred toward any one.
      - Edith Louisa Cavell,
        quoted by the newspapers as before being shot by Germans in Brussels, Oct. 15, 1915

I've never felt better.
      - Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.

It is very beautiful over there.
      - Benjamin Franklin

The mountain is passed; now we shall get on better.
  [Fr., La montagne est passee; nous irons mieux.]
      - Frederick, the Great (Frederick II),
        said to be his last words

Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life.
      - Charles Frohman,
        last words before he sank in the wreck of the Lusitania as reported by Rita Joliet

Tortured for the Republic.
  [Lat., Strangulatus pro republica.]
      - James Abram Garfield, Last Words,
        written as he was dying

I have spent my life laboriously doing nothing.
  [Lat., Vitam perdidi laboricose agendo.]
      - quoted by Hugo Grotius, on this death bed

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
      - Nathan Hale, his last words

My work is done; I have nothing left to do but to go to my Father.
      - Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon,
        her last words

Now I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.
      - Thomas Hobbes,
        his reported last words, hence, "Hobbes' voyage" used by Vanbrugh in "The Provoked Wife"

Let us cross over the River, and rest under the shade of the Trees.
      - Thomas Jonathan Jackson ("Stonewall Jackson")

My exit is the result of too many entrees.
      - Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Thank God, I have done my duty.
      - Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson,
        Life of Nelson,
        at the battle of Trafalgar

I go to see the sun for the last time.
  [Fr., Je m'em vais voir le soleil pour la derniere fois.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something.
      - Francisco Villa (Pancho Villa),
        his last words

It is today, my dear, that I take a perilous leap.
  [Fr., C'est demain, me belle amie, que je fais le saut perilleux.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        quoting the words of King Henry when he was about to enter the Catholic Church

Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        his last words

Tell them I've had a wonderful life.
      - Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Revolution has not yet succeeded. Comrades, you must carry on!
      - Sun Yat-sen, on his deathbed


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