30 Famous Last Words By Historical Figures Around The World

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)

Paul Walker

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.

Mother Teresa

Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you.

Pablo Picasso

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.

Michael Jackson

More milk.

Harry Houdini

I’m tired of fighting! I guess this thing is going to get me.

Adolf Hitler

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.

Mohandas Gandhi

“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.

Albert Einstein

Citater fra…


Note: When Einstein died on April 18, 1955 he left a piece of writing ending in an unfinished sentence. These were his last words.

Thomas Edison

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.

Walt Disney

Kurt Russell


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.

Charles Dickens

On the ground!


Note: He suffered a stroke on a walk near his home, and asked to be laid down on the ground.

Charles Darwin

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?

Charlie Chaplin

Why not? After all, it belongs to him.

Julius Caesar

“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.”

Muhammad Ali

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.



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