Thursday, March 09, 2006

Famous Last Words

Ja, maar niet te veel.

  • Translation: Yes, but not too many
  • Who: Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet.
  • Note: Achterberg had just parked his car, when his wife asked: "Shall I bake some potatoes?" After answering the question he suffered a fatal heart attack.

[Asked by Mrs. Clark if he knew what day it was.]"Oh, yes; it is the glorious Fourth of July. It is a great day. It is a good day. God bless it. God bless you all. [He then lapsed into unconsciousness. He awakened later, and mumbled] Thomas Jefferson..."

  • Who: John Adams
  • John Adams died on July 4, 1826. He is often quoted as having said "Thomas Jefferson still survives." with some depictions indicating he might have not expressed the entire statement before dying, ie: "Thomas Jefferson… still survi—", but some research indicates that only the words "Thomas Jefferson" were clearly intelligible among his last. Adams did not know that Jefferson, his great political rival—and later friend and correspondent—had died a few hours earlier that same 4th of July, 1826.

This is the last of Earth! I am content..

  • Who: John Quincy Adams, US President, February 21, 1848.

Is it not meningitis?

  • Who: Louisa May Alcott

To the strongest!

  • Who: Alexander the Great
  • In response to his generals asking the heirless Alexander which one of them would get control of the empire. When asked on his deathbed who was to succeed him, his voice may have been indistinct. Alexander may have said "Krateros" (the name of one of his generals), but he was not around, and the others may have chosen to hear "Kratistos- the strongest".

Home to the palace to die...

  • Who: Tsar Alexander II
  • His guards heard him utter this phrase when they found his shattered body in the wreckage of his carriage, which had been destroyed by an anarchist's bomb.

Wait a minute...

  • Who: Pope Alexander VI

mè mou tous kuklous taratte (Μη μου τους κύκλους τάραττε)

  • Translation: Don't disturb my circles!
  • Who: Archimedes
  • In response to a Roman soldier who was forcing him to report to the roman general after the capture of Syracuse, while he was busy sitting on the ground proving geometry theorems. The soldier killed him.

What time is it ?

  • Who: Ataturk to his doctors on November 10th 1938, at 9:05 am

How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?

  • Who: P.T Barnum, circus entrepreneur

I can't sleep.

  • Who: J.M Barrie

Now I can cross the Shifting Sands.

  • Who: L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz
  • Note: Baum was referring to the Shifting Sands, the impassable desert surrounding the Land of Oz.

Applaud, my friends, the comedy is finished.

  • Who: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est.; the formula traditionally used to end a performance of commedia del arte.
  • Note: Some sources claim Beethoven's last words were "I shall hear in Heaven".

Passi-ho bé, senyor Bernades (Catalan)

  • Translation: Goodbye, Mr. Bernades
  • Who: Josep Bernades

What is this?

  • Who: Leonard Bernstein

Dêem-me café, vou escrever!

  • Translation: Give me coffee, I´m going to write
  • Who: Olavo Bilac, Brazilian poet

¿Quién es? ¿Quién es? (Spanish)

  • Translation: Who is it? Who is it?
  • Who: Billy the Kid

I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.

  • Who: Humphrey Bogart

France, armée, Joséphine...

  • Translation: France, army, Josephine
  • Who: Napoleon Bonaparte

Subject to breaking up are all compounded things. With mindfulness strive on.

  • Who: Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

Now I shall go to sleep. Goodnight.

  • Who: Lord George Byron

source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Last_words

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