Ever thought about what you’d like your last words on earth to be? Those final gems of wit and wisdom uttered before you go and kick the bucket or fall off your perch?
The poet Emily Dickinson, known for her work’s reoccurring themes of death and immortality, and her reclusiveness in the later part of her life, took her leave with trademark poetic elegance: "I must go in, for the fog is rising."
Thanks to Thomas Edison, one of our most famous inventors of all time, we no longer have to read by candlelight. He left with the words: "It’s very beautiful over there." Perhaps an insight into what awaits us in the next life? Or what doesn’t?
Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France before the French Revolution, was found guilty of high treason and sentenced to death by guillotine. Her last words: "Pardonnez-moi, Monsieur" were apologetic ones, directed at her executioner for accidentally stepping on his foot.
And last but not least, Humphrey Bogart, the star of the iconic film Casablanca (1942), left us with words of cool wit and charm that exemplified the character of the man himself: "I should never have switched from scotch to martinis." Class act, Bogie.