Famous Last Words: 37 Icons & Their Apparent Final Thoughts – Part 2

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1Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great

"Water" was the last words of Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia when she suffered a stroke.

2. "At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves" were the last words of George Orwell, English author dying at the age of 46.

3. The last words of the Greek mathematician Archimedes to a Roman soldier (c. 212 BC) were “Don't disturb my circles!”, who had interrupted his geometric experiments during the capture of Syracuse, whereupon the soldier became so upset that he killed him.

4. “Brothers! Brothers, please! This is a house of peace!” were the last words of Malcolm X when he was trying to calm 400-person chaos shortly before being killed by gunfire from multiple assailants.

5. The last words of the Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin were: ‘Good dog,’ which he said to a dog that had brought him a dead bird. It’s thought that the cause of his death was syphilis.

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6Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the remote island of St Helena in 1821 and his last words were recorded as "France, armée, tête d'armée, Joséphine" (France, army, head of the army, Joséphine). He was probably delirious and simply summed up his three loves, his country, his exploits at the head of his army and his first wife.

7. The last words of American actor Paul Walker were to his friend Roger Rodas while entering his Porsche. They were “Let's go for a drive”. Rodas then went speeding and crashed the car into a tree, killing them both.

8. Benjamin Franklin’s last words were “A dying man can do nothing easy”, complaining about the difficulty to assume a more comfortable position on his deathbed.

9. The last words of American serial killer Arthur Gary Bishop was "I want to offer again my most profound and heartfelt apologies to my victims' families. I am truly sorry. I have tried my best to empathize with their grief and devastation and I hope they come to know of my concerns and prayers for them."

10. The last words of English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning were "It is beautiful."

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11Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly

Australian bushranger Ned Kelly's last words were Allegedly, "Such is life."

12. Roman emperor Nero's last words were "Too late! But, ah, what fidelity!" to the soldier trying to save him after his suicide.

13. Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (20 May 1506), quoting Jesus as his last words were "Into Your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit."

14. The final statement of an American murderer James W. Rodgers before facing a firing squad was "I done told you my last request… a bulletproof vest."

15. French physician Nostradamus last words were "Tomorrow, at sunrise, I shall no longer be here," correctly predicting his death.

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16Roosevelt Green

Roosevelt Green

The last words of convicted murderer Roosevelt Green were “I am about to die for a murder I did not commit, that someone else committed ... I love the Lord and hope that God takes me into his kingdom, and goodbye, [M]other.”

17. At his public execution, the last words of murderer William Palmer is said to have looked at the trapdoor on the gallows and asked the hangman, "Are you sure it's safe?

18. French writer Voltaire when asked by a priest to renounce Satan before his death. His last words were "Now is not the time for making new enemies."

19. "Let's do it!", were the last words of American criminal Gary Gilmore before being executed by firing squad. Gilmore is also oft-quoted as saying a few minutes earlier, as he walked past the Hi-Fi Murderers on his way to be executed was: "Adios, Pierre and Andrews. I'll be seeing you directly."

20. American statesman Alexander Hamilton’s last words were “Remember, my Eliza, you are a Christian”, addressing his wife after being mortally shot by a rival statesman in a duel.



The last words of Jesus are thought to be “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”, right before his death by crucifixion.

22. A female SS Guard Irma Grese last words was "Schnell" (translated as "Quick and glossed idiomatically as "Make it quick" or "Get it over with.")

23. English naturalist Charles Darwin's last words were "I am not the least afraid to die."

24. Australian killer John William Rook's last words to the hangman were "Freedom. Freedom at last, man."

25. The last words of German theologian Martin Luther who started the Protestant Reformation were “We are beggars, this is true.”

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