108 Last Words From Notable People From The Past

Death is inevitable, and the last words of those who have died is the capstone of one’s existence on this Earth. Below is a list of 108 last words of some People who’ve left a lasting impact in the world before passing on. Moreover, I know its a morbid curiosity about knowing the last words of the dead, for all are unique and eclectic. Please comment on the last words that strike you most, and/or the last words of someone you didn’t see in this random list.

  1. Crito, we owe a cock to Asclepius. Please, don’t forget to pay the debt.” ~ Socrates, Greek philosopher (399 BC)

2. “To the strongest.” ~ Alexander the Great, conqueror and king of Macedonia (c. 11 June 323 BC)

3. “You too, my child?” ~ Julius Caesar, Roman dictator (15 March 44 BC)

4. “It is finished.” ~ Jesus, founder of Christianity (30 AD)

5. “I am still alive!” ~ Caligula, Roman emperor (24 January 41 CE)

6. “Oh God, the Friend Most High!” ~ Muhammad, Prophet of God in Islam (8 June 632)

7. “Lord, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.” ~ Charlemagne, European monarch (28 January 814)

8. “Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames!” ~ Joan of Arc, French military leader (30 May 1431)

9. “Into Your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.” ~ Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer (20 May 1506)

10. “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci Italian artist and scientist (2 May 1519)

11. “I desire to go to hell, and not to heaven. In the former place I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings, and princes, while in the latter are only beggars, monks, hermits, and apostles.” ~ Niccolò Machiavelli (21 June 1527), Italian Renaissance diplomat, philosopher and writer

12. “I’m still learning.” ~ Michelangelo, Italian artist and poet (18 February 1564)

13. “All my possessions for a moment of time.” ~ Elizabeth I, queen regnant of England (24 March 1603)

14. “Now I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.” ~ Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (4 December 1679)

15. “In perfect charity with all men and in sincere communion with the whole church of Christ, by whatever name Christ’s followers call themselves.” ~ John Locke, English philosopher and physician (28 October 1704)

16. “I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” ~ Isaac Newton, English physicist (31 March 1727)

17. “Don’t cry for me, for I go where music is born.” ~ Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (28 July 1750)

18. “A dying man can do nothing easy.” ~ Benjamin Franklin, American statesman and scientist (17 April 1790)

19. “I believe we shall adjourn this meeting to another place.” ~ Adam Smith, Scottish economist (17 July 1790)

20. “The taste of death is upon my lips… I feel something, that is not of this earth.” ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer (5 December 1791)

21. “I shall look forward to a pleasant time.” ~ John Hancock, American merchant, statesman & Patriot (8 October 1793)

22. “Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose.” ~ Marie Antoinette, queen of France (16 October 1793)

23. “I die hard, but I am not afraid to go… I am just going. Have me decently buried, and do not let my body be put into the vault in less than two days after I am dead. Do you understand me? Tis well.” ~ George Washington, president of the United States (14 December 1799)

24. “Let me die in the old uniform in which I fought my battles for freedom. May God forgive me for putting on any other.” ~ Benedict Arnold, American military officer and traitor (14 June 1801)

25. “I have not yet lost my feeling for humanity.” ~ Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (12 February 1804)

26. “Remember, my Eliza, you are a Christian.” ~ Alexander Hamilton, American statesman (12 July 1804)

27. “Taking a leap into the dark. O mystery!” ~ Thomas Paine, English-born American political activist and theorist, philosopher and revolutionary (8 June 1809)

28. “France, the army, the head of the army, Joséphine.” ~ Napoleon, emperor of the French (5 May 1821)

29. “Is it the Fourth?” ~ Thomas Jefferson, president of the United States (4 July 1826)

30. “Pity, pity – too late!” ~ Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (26 March 1827)

31. “Only one man ever understood me. And he really didn’t understand me.” ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher (14 November 1831)

32. “Texas recognized! Archer told me so. Did you see it in the papers?” ~Stephen F. Austin founder of Anglo Texas, Secretary of State of the Republic of Texas (27 December 1836)

33. “Lord, help my poor soul.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe, American writer (7 October 1849)

34. “Texas! Texas! Margaret.” ~ Sam Houston, American soldier and politician (26 July 1863)

35. “She won’t think anything about it.” ~ Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States (15 April 1865)

36. “Tell Hill he must come up! Strike the tent!” ~ Robert E. Lee, American and Confederate soldier and general (12 October 1870)

37. “Who is it? Who is it?” ~ Billy the Kid, American outlaw and gunfighter (14 July 1881)

38. “That picture is awful dusty.” ~ Jesse James, American outlaw (3 April 1882)

39. “I feel very badly.” ~ Richard Wagner, German composer (13 February 1883)

40. “Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!” ~ Karl Marx, political theorist (14 March 1883)

41. “Pray, excuse me.” ~ Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (6 December 1889)

42. “The sadness will last forever.” ~ Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter (29 July 1890)

43. “Give me my glasses.” ~ Mark Twain, American novelist (21 April 1910)

44. “One last drink, please.” ~ Jack Daniel, American alcohol businessman (10 October 1911)

45. “Please put out that light, James.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt, president of the United States and Medal of Honor recipient (6 January 1919)

46. “Good dog.” ~ Vladimir Lenin, Russian communist statesman and revolutionary (21 January 1924)

47. “You are wonderful.” ~ Arthur Conan Doyle, British author, physician and spiritualist (7 July 1930)

48. “It’s very beautiful over there.” ~ Thomas Edison, American inventor (18 October 1931)

49. “The meager satisfaction that man can extract from reality leaves him starving.” ~ Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis (23 September 1939)

50. “I’m going over the valley.” ~ Babe Ruth, American baseball player (16 August 1948)

51. “I’m finished. I don’t even trust myself.” ~ Joseph Stalin, Soviet statesman (5 March 1953)

52. “I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.” ~ Albert Einstein, German physicist (18 April 1955)

53. “That guy’s gotta stop… He’ll see us.” ~ James Dean, American actor (30 September 1955)

54. “Goodbye, kid. Hurry back.” ~ Humphrey Bogart, American actor (14 January 1957)

55. “Goodnight my kitten.” ~ Ernest Hemingway, American author (2 July 1961)

56. “Tell Georgie I want to get in the movies one way or another.” ~ Lucky Luciano, Italian-American gangster (26 January 1962)

57. “No, you certainly can’t.” ~ John F. Kennedy, president of the United States (22 November 1963)

58. “I’m bored with it all.” ~ Winston Churchill, prime minister of the United Kingdom (24 January 1965)

59. “Brothers! Brothers, please! This is a house of peace!” ~ Malcolm X, American activist (21 February 1965)

60. “A party! Let’s have a party.” ~ Margaret Sanger, American birth control activist (6 September 1966)

61. “I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.” ~ Che Guevara, Argentinean statesman and revolutionary (9 October 1967)

62. “Ben, make sure you play ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights activist (4 April 1968)

63. “Don’t lift me.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy, American politician (6 June 1968)

64. “I’ve always loved my wife, my children, and my grandchildren, and I’ve always loved my country. I want to go. God, take me.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, president of the United States (28 March 1969)

65. “Happy anniversary. I love you.” ~ Vince Lombardi, American football coach (3 September 1970)

66. “Drink to me.” ~ Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (8 April 1973)

67. “I feel ill. Call the doctors.” ~ Mao Zedong, Chinese statesman and revolutionary (9 September 1976)

68. “I’m going to the bathroom to read.” ~ Elvis Presley, American musician (16 August 1977)

69. “That was a great game of golf, fellas. Let’s get a Coke.” ~ Bing Crosby, American singer and actor (14 October 1977)

70. “Why not? After all, it belongs to him.” ~ Charlie Chaplin, English actor and filmmaker (25 December 1977)

71. “Of course I know who you are. You’re my girl. I love you.” ~ John Wayne, American actor (11 June 1979)

72. “One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock, English filmmaker (29 April 1980)

73. “I’m shot! I’m shot!” ~ John Lennon, English musician (8 December 1980)

74. “Just don’t leave me alone.” ~ John Belushi, American actor and comedian (5 March 1982)

75. “Mother, I’m going to get my things and get out of this house. Father hates me and I’m never coming back.” ~ Marvin Gaye, American singer (1 April 1984)

76. “I always knew what I was doing.” ~ Jackie Gleason, American actor, comedian, writer, composer, and conductor (2 June 1987)

77. “Where is my clock?” ~ Salvador Dalí, Spanish surrealist painter (23 January 1989)

78. “I love you, Noel.” ~ Mel Blanc, American voice actor and radio personality (10 July 1989)

79. “Okay, okay, okay.” ~ Sam Kinison, American comic (10 April 1992)

80. “No paparazzi, I want anonymity.” ~ River Phoenix, American actor, musician, and activist (31 October 1993)

81. “I don’t have the passion anymore, and so remember, it’s better to burn out than to fade away. Peace, love, empathy. Kurt Cobain. Frances and Courtney, I’ll be at your altar. Please keep going Courtney, for Frances. For her life, which will be so much happier without me. I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU!” ~ Kurt Cobain, American musician (5 April 1994)

82. “Help.” ~ Richard Nixon, president of the United States (22 April 1994)

83. “I’m going to be with Gloria now.” ~ James Stewart, American actor (2 July 1997)

84. “My God, what’s happened?” ~ Diana, former princess consort of Charles, Prince of Wales (31 August 1997)

85. “Do you have it now?” ~ John Denver, American singer-songwriter (12 October 1997)

86. “I’m losing it.” ~ Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor (14 May 1998)

87. “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.” ~ Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (8 March 1999)

88. “Okay, just wondering.” ~ Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (18 February 2001)

89. “Love one another.” ~ George Harrison, English musician and songwriter (29 November 2001)

90. “Leave me alone, I’m fine.” ~ Barry White, American singer and songwriter (4 July 2003)

91. “Surprise me.” ~ Bob Hope, American actor and comedian (27 July 2003)

92. “It’s time.” ~ Johnny Cash, American singer-songwriter (12 September 2003)

93. “What are you shooting at?! I’m Pat Tillman! I’m Pat fucking TILLMAN!” ~ Pat Tillman, American football player and Army Ranger (22 April 2004)

94. “Van Halen!” ~ Dimebag Darrell, American Guitarist (8 December 2004)

95. “I’m dying.” ~ Steve Irwin, Australian conservationist (4 September 2006)

96. “Lucy.” ~ Augusto Pinochet, Chilean general and statesman (10 December 2006)

97. “I’m going away tonight.” ~ James Brown, American musician (25 December 2006)

98. “More milk.” ~ Michael Jackson, American musician (25 June 2009)

99. “Stopping for a beer, be there when I can.” ~ Ryan Dunn, American stunt performer (20 June 2011)

100. “I don’t want to die.” ~ Amy Winehouse, English singer and songwriter (23 July 2011)

101. “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” ~ Steve Jobs, American electronics businessman (5 October 2011)

102. “I called you a putz cause I thought you were being intentionally disingenuous. If not I apologize. ~  Andrew Breitbart, American conservative publisher and writer (1 March 2012)

103. “I don’t want to die, please don’t let me die.” ~ Hugo Chávez, Venezuelan statesman (5 March 2013)

104. “Hey, let’s go for a drive.” ~ Paul Walker, American actor (30 November 2013)

105. “Goodnight, my love.” ~ Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (11 August 2014)

106. “Music has been my doorway of perception and the house that I live in.” ~ David Bowie, English singer-songwriter and actor (10 January 2016)

107. “God bless. Take care of my boy, Roy.” ~ Stan Lee, American comic book writer and publisher (12 November 2018)

108. “I mean, hey, two wrongs don’t make a right, you know…” ~ Etika, American YouTuber, streamer (19 June 2019)


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9 thoughts on “108 Last Words From Notable People From The Past

  1. “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” -Da Vinci

    Sad that this bright man who is known throughout the world 500 years after his death should have such a negative thought as his last. One can only hope that their last thought is of peace or of their dear company.