Continuing on from last week’s compilation of Famous Last Words, here are nine more folk who owned their final moments.
“I did not get my Spaghetti-Os; I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.”
– Thomas J. Grasso, convicted murderer unimpressed with his last meal.
“I am dying. Please… bring me a toothpick.”
– Alfred Jarry, French Symbolist writer, getting his priorities straight.
“I am just going out. I may be some time.”
– Captain Lawrence Oates, Antarctic explorer on the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition. Aware that his poor health was hampering the progress of his companions, Oates uttered these words those still surviving members of his party… and then walked out into a blizzard.
“This is no time for making new enemies.”
– The French philosopher Voltaire, when implored by a priest to renounce the devil.
– Vladimir Ilych Lenin, Russian Revolutionary and progenitor of Soviet Socialism, to his pooch (who’d just brought him in a dead bird).
“Perchance you who pronounce my sentence are in greater fear than I who receive it.”
– Giordano Bruno, 16th Century cosmological theorist and convicted heretic, to those who’d sentenced him to burn at the stake.
“What is the answer? … In that case … what is the question?”
– Gertrude Stein, writer, poet, salon hostess and spiritual godmother of the Lost Generation
“I don't know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
– Isaac Newton, English scientist
Painting: Death and Life – Gustav Klimt