Saturday, June 25, 2011

More Historical Last Words!

"You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the Grim Reaper."
-Robert Alton Harris (career criminal and murderer who was referencing Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey before being sent to the gas chamber.)


"Love one another."
-George Harrison (spoken to his family on his death bed while dying of cancer in 2001.)


"Gentlemen, I bid you farewell…"
-Wallace Hartley (spoken to his fellow band mates aboard the sinking Titanic. Note: One survivor who clambered aboard Collapsible A distinctly heard Hartley say these words before he and the band were swept off the deck by the sea.)


"I know that I am going where Lucy is."
-Rutherford B. Hayes (speaking of his late wife.)


"God will forgive me. It is his profession."
-Heinrich Heine


"All is lost! Monks, Monks, Monks! So, now all is gone - Empire, Body, and Soul!"
-Henry VIII


"Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub."
-Conrad Hilton (when asked if he had any last words of wisdom.)


"Cold Harbor. June 3rd. I am dead."
-This note was found on a Union soldier, pinned to the inside of his jacket. Many Union soldiers placed final notes inside their jackets prior to leaving their entrenchments in the suicidal attack at the Battle of Cold Harbor on June 3rd, 1864.


"I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark."
-Thomas Hobbes


"Surprise me."
-Bob Hope (when asked by his wife where he wanted to be buried.)


"Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees. "
-General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (Jackson, a confederate general during the Civil War, was shot by his own men and later died of pneumonia in his weakened state. This quote is a personal favorite of mine.)


"I am dying. Please...bring me a toothpick."
-Alfred Jarry (Jarry was an absurdist writer.)


"Is it the Fourth?" [Doctor Robley Dunglison: "It soon will be."] "I resign my spirit to God, my daughter to my country."
-Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson and his old enemy and later friend John Adams died a few hours apart from each other on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.)


"Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!"
-Joan of Arc


"Don't worry...it's not loaded."
-Terry Kath (musician in the band Chicago. He didn't know there was a bullet in the chamber, and put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger.)


"Is everyone else all right?"
-Robert Kennedy (whispered to his wife after he had been shot.)


"I wish I was skiing." [Nurse: "Oh, Mr. Laurel, do you ski?"] "No, but I'd rather be skiing than doing what I'm doing."
-Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy fame.)


"They won't think anything about it."
-Abraham Lincoln (to Mary Lincoln when she asked what the audience would think of two old people holding hands.)


"I have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and may God bless all!"
-Chris McCandless (subject of the book and movie, Into the Wild)


"We are holding our own."
-Ernest M. McSorley (captain of the ill-fated Great Lakes freighter, Edmund Fitzgerald.)


"Die, my dear? Why, that's the last thing I'll do!"
-Groucho Marx


"The taste of death is upon my lips…I feel something, that is not of this earth."
-Mozart


"Aw, no one's gonna shoot at me."
-Lee Harvey Oswald

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