The Famous Last Words of Famous People
Dying words are a very special form of quotation. Some are rehearsed and contrived; others are spontaneous and witty. Whatever the motivation or preparedness, ‘famous last words’ may be in the form of epitaphs, letters or even suicide notes, but are often impromptu sayings coined by and spoken by the dying person for the first (and, of course, last) time on their deathbed.
The list below gives us a glimpse into the character of the celebrated individuals who uttered their ‘famous last words’ before expiring.