Last words said by famous historical figures have always grabbed our attention. These spontaneous and witty words said just minutes or days before dying have been pondered and praised over for their (famous figures) honorable attitude of accepting that death was coming.
Some died on their deathbeds while some in battles, some were betrayed while some died in sickness, their life story needs a great admiration. Hats off to the bystanders who were there to record and pass on, and glorify these legendary “strong-at-heart” people through history. Here, is a list of famed historical figures whose last words became legendary.
List of famous last words are:
George Washington, First President of The United States
I am just going. Have me decently buried and do not let my body be into a vault in less than two days after I am dead. Do you understand me? [“Yes,” replied Tobias Lear, his secretary.] ?’?Tis well. I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.
(he had a fear of being buried alive)
Let’s go for a ride.
Leonardo da Vinci
Ho offeso Dio e l’umanità perché il mio lavoro non ha raggiunto la qualità che dovrebbe avere.
Translation: I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.
Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter
I wish I could pass away like this.
Note: The famous line “La tristesse durera toujours” (“The sadness will last forever”) was spoken on his deathbed, but these were not actually his last words according to his brother, who was with him.
Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you.
Buvez-moi, buvez à ma santé, vous savez que je ne peux plus boire.
Translation: Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink anymore.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
She won’t think anything about it.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Ben, make sure you play ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.
Steve Jobs, Apple CEO
Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.
I’m tired of fighting! I guess this thing is going to get me.
Above all, I charge the leadership of the nation and their followers with the strict observance of the racial laws and with merciless resistance against the universal poisoners of all peoples, international Jewry.
Note: These are the last sentences in Adolf Hitler’s last will and political testament respectively. They were issued on 29 April 1945, 4:00 AM. Hitler committed suicide with his long-time girlfriend and recently married wife Eva Braun the next day.
O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)
Turn up the lights— I don’t want to go home in the dark.
Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha
“व्अय्अध्अम्म्आ स्अङख्आर्आ अप्प्अम्आद्एन्अ स्अम्प्आद्एथ्आ”
Translation: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness.
“हे राम!” (Hé Ram!)
Translation: O God!
Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
A dying man can do nothing easily.
Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company.
I’ll sleep well tonight.
Note: When Einstein died on April 18, 1955 he left a piece of writing ending in an unfinished sentence. These were his last words.
It’s very beautiful over there.
Note: Spoken to his wife as he lapsed in and out of consciousness. There is debate over if he meant the afterlife, or the view from his window.
Note: Scrawled on a piece of paper. To this day, nobody knows what he meant by it, not even Kurt Russell, who was 15 at the time.
On the ground!
Note: He suffered a stroke on a walk near his home, and asked to be laid down on the ground.
I am not the least afraid to die.
Salvador Dalí, a prominent Spanish surrealist painter
On és el meu rellotge?
Translation: Where is my clock?
Why not? After all, it belongs to him.
“Και συ τεκνον?”; (Kai su, teknon?)
Translation: You too, my child?
Alexander Graham Bell
Note: While Alexander Graham Bell was dying, his deaf wife whispered to him, “Don’t leave me.” Bell responded by signing the word, “No.”
Emperor Augustus, founder of the Roman Empire and its first Emperor.
Nostri coniugii memor vive, ac vale.
Translation: Live mindful of our marriage, and farewell.
Note: His last words in public as reported by Suetonius were the more famous “Behold, I found Rome of clay, and leave her to you of marble.”
I’m in no pain. No pain. Don’t cry for me, Rahaman. I’m going to be with Allah. I made peace with God, I’m okay… Rahaman, how do I look?
Note: Rahaman Ali, a former heavyweight boxer, was Muhammad Ali’s younger brother.
Mao Zedong, Chinese statesman and revolutionary
I feel ill. Call the doctors.
Elizabeth I, Queen regnant of England (24 March 1603)
All my possessions for a moment of time.