Famous last words of 18 famous people

Famous last words of 18 famous people
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Famous last words of 18 famous people

Karl Marx, philosopher

"Last words are for fools who haven't said enough." 

SourceInternational Business Times

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Richard Feynman, theoretical physicist

"I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring."

Source: "The Power of Personality" by Sylvia Loehken

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Archimedes, mathematician

"Stand away, fellow, from my diagram!"

Archimedes was killed during the Second Punic War. According to the historian Plutarch, a soldier reportedly came up to the mathematician and told him to go with him to Marcellus.

Archimedes, however, refused to do so until he finished the problem he was working on. Enraged, the soldier killed him.

Sources: "The Parallel Lives" by Plutarch, "Famous Last Words" by Laura Ward

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Napoléon Bonaparte, French military and political leader

"France, the army, the head of the army, Joséphine."

Source: The Guardian

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Humphrey Bogart, actor

"I should never have switched from scotch to martinis."

Source: International Business Times

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Augustus Caesar, first Roman emperor

To his subjects he reportedly said:

"I found Rome of clay; I leave it to you of marble."

And to his friends who were with him throughout his reign he said:

"Have I played the part well? Then applaud me as I exit."

Source: History

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Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory

"I am not the least afraid to die."

Source: "Famous Last Words" by Laura Ward

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Bob Marley, musician

"Money can't buy life."

Source: The Guardian

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Leonardo da Vinci, inventor and painter

"I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have."

Source: Huffington Post

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Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

After accidentally stepping on her executioner's foot as she climbed the scaffold to the guillotine, she reportedly said:

"Pardon me. I didn't do it on purpose."

Source: "Famous Last Words" by Alan Bisbort

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Michel de Nostradamus, French apothecary and alleged soothsayer

He made one last — correct — prediction when he said:

"You will not find me alive at sunrise."

Source: "Immortal Last Words" by Terry Breverton

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John Adams, second president of the US

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson started out as rivals, but they became friends later in life. As Adams lay on his deathbed, on July 4, his last words were:

"Thomas Jefferson survives."

Jefferson had actually died some hours earlier, also on July 4.

Source: History

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, writer and physician best known for creating Sherlock Holmes

He said to his wife:

"You are wonderful."

Source: The New York Times

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Ludwig van Beethoven, composer and pianist 

Some reports say Beethoven, who was deaf by the end of life, said:

"I will hear in heaven"

while others suggest he said:

"Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est" (Applaud, friends, the comedy is finished)

But still others say that after a publisher brought the composer 12 bottles of wine, his final words were:

Sources: "The Creative Circle" by Michael Fitzgerald, "Beethoven: The Man Revealed" by John Suchet, Classic FM(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

James Brown, singer

"I'm going away tonight."

Source: The Guardian

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Thomas Edison, inventor and businessman

Right before his death, Edison came out of a coma, opened his eyes, and reportedly said to his wife:

"It is very beautiful out there."

He was probably referring to the view outside his window.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, "Famous Last Words" by Laura Ward

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People have always been fascinated by the last words of others.

Perhaps they hold a touch of wisdom, a final joke, or even confirmation of who's getting what in the will.

In light of that, Business Insider put together a list of the reported last words of 18 famous historical figures.

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