Famous last words

famous last words


Funny how someone’s always hanging around to jot down the last words of well-known people.

 

 

These last words fall into (many) categories:

 

 

Incomprehensible: “Moose Indian” (Thoreau).

 

 

Moral / religious: “See in what peace a Christian can die!” (Addison).

 

 

Visionary: “Mozart . . .” (Gustav Mahler).

 

 

Egotistical: “What an artist dies with me!” (Nero).

 

 

Mysterious: “More light!” (Goethe).

 

 

Sardonic: “Are they lighting the fires already?” (Voltaire).

 

 

Stoic: “Livia, remember the days of our married life” (Augustus Caesar).

 

 

But let’s face it: the moment of death is probably very scary.

 

 

So let’s think of the boxer Buddy Baer, who sat up in bed a moment before he died, and said, simply:

 

 

“Oh my god, here I go!”


 

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About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to futureworld@cox.net.

2 Responses to Famous last words

  1. starproms says:

    That’s an interesting topic for your ‘Thought for the Day’ Loren. Very interesting. I’m going to think about that today. Perhaps I can concoct something significant myself for ‘when the moment comes’. Not quite yet, I hope. When it does come, I hope I can remember my significant thought.

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