Jul 10, 2011

Famous Last Words

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The inevitable end will come to us all, we will all fall victim to the looming claws of the grim reaper. (Death)

But what will we leave behind us... how will we be remembered?

Our last words are a keepsake, a memory of us and the lives we lived. 

Aldous Huxley wrote in the preface to his book "Brave New World", that one should judge all things as if one saw them from one's deathbed. The following are such perspectives!

The last words of small and great men reflect how they saw themselves, life, the world and what really mattered when it came down to it! 

The Prophet Amos said: "Therefore prepare thyself to meet thy God!" 

And King David said in the Book of Psalms (Ps 90:12):
"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Alexander the Great, 
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who had conquered land from Macedonia to Pakistan, died at the age of 33, with his boots on, weeping:
"There are no more other worlds to conquer!"
Sir Thomas More:
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English Catholic statesman who was beheaded in 1535 on orders of Henry the Eight, for his convictions, because he wouldn’t endorse Henry's divorce:
"See me safe up (onto the scaffold); for my coming down, let me shift myself"
Anne Boleyn, Protestant wife of Henry the Eight.
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Before being decapitated on orders of her husband Henry the Eight, she quipped:
"The executioner is, I believe, very expert; and my neck is very slender"
Henry the Eighth:
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When his turn came:
"So, now all is gone—Empire, Body and Soul!"
Hannibal, 
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Carthagan leader and enemy of Rome who crossed the Alps on elephants.
"Let us now relieve the Romans of their fears by the death of a feeble old man."
Roman Emperor Augustus:
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"Did I play my role well? If so, then applause, because the comedy is finished!"
Dr. William Hunter 
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"If I had strength to hold a pen I would write down how easy and pleasant a thing it is to die."
Stonewall Jackson 
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"Let us pass over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees."
Keats, English poet
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"Severn - I - lift me up - I am dying - I shall die easy; don't be frightened - be firm, and thank God it has come."
Isaac Newton, great Christian Scientist,
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"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 finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Palmeston
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"Die, my dear doctor? That is the last thing I shall do."
Duke of Monmouth (to his executioner) 
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"There are six guineas for you, and do not hack me as you did my Lord Russell."
Malesherbes, to his priest uttering last rites
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"Hold your tongue! Your wretched chatter disgusts me."
Leonardo da Vinci:
Italian inventor and artist, died in 1519
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"I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have"
Niccolo Machiavelli:
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Florentine diplomat and political philosopher, died in 1527
"I desire to go to Hell and not to Heaven. In the former I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, while in the latter are only beggars, monks and apostles"
William Somerset Maugham:
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British author, died in 1965
"Dying is a very dull and dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it"
Gen. John Sedgewick:
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Union commander in the American Civil War, shot at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in 1864 while looking over a parapet at the enemy lines
"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..."
Churchill: 
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English Statesman and co-conspirator of the selling out of Eastern Europe at Yalta to Russia & Communism, together with fellow Freemasons Roosevelt and Stalin, who wrote in his autobiography:
"I could have prevented the war!" (W.W.II) He said at his death bed:  "What a fool I have been!"
Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary leader:
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"Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something…"
Georges Danton,
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To His Executioner, during the French Revolution:
"Show my head to the people, it is worth seeing." 
James Rodges, 
Murderer, on being asked for a final request before a firing squad:
"Why, yes! A bulletproof vest."
Friedrich Nietzsche, pernicious philosopher who preached "God is dead" 
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Nietzsche died in spiritual darkness, a babbling madman. On a wall in Austria a graffiti said, "God is dead, --Nietzsche!" Someone else wrote under it, 
"Nietzsche is dead! --God." (See picture for proof!)
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Oscar Wilde, 
Sipping champagne on his deathbed:
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"And now, I am dying beyond my means."
H. G. Wells:
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"Go away...I'm all right."
Ludwig van Beethoven:
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"Friends applaud, the comedy is over."
Dominique Bouhours, French grammarian:
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"I am about to, or I am going to, die; either expression is used." 
Thomas Jefferson:
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"This is the fourth…"
John Adams:
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"Thomas Jefferson?--Still surv.... "
Jean Paul Sartre, existentialist 
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"I failed!"
Emily Dickinson:
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"The fog is rising…"
The prophet Mohammed:
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"O Allah! Pardon my sins. Yes, I come."
Nurse Cavell 
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Before facing a German firing squad in 1915, "Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone."
Henry Ward Beecher:
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"Now comes the mystery."
Karl Marx,
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born in a Christian Jewish family, originator of Communism.
On his deathbed surrounded by candles burning to Lucifer, screamed at his nurse who asked him if he had any last words: 
"Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough."
Lawrence Oates:
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British explorer, who sacrificed himself in 1912 in an attempt to save his starving companions during Scott's expedition to the Pole:
"I am just going outside and I may be some time"
Crowfoot (American Blackfoot Indian Orator):
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"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."
Cesare Borgia, statesman:
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"I have taken care of everything in the course of my life, only not for death, and now I have to die completely unprepared."
Cardinal Mazarin:
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"Oh my poor soul, what is to become of you? — Where do you go?"
Thomas Hobbes, English Philosopher:
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"It's my turn, to take a leap into the darkness!
David Hume, the Atheist, 
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He cried: "I am in flames!" His desperation was a horrible scene.
Voltaire, the famous sceptic, 
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Voltaire died a terrible death. His nurse said: "For all the money in Europe I wouldn’t want to see another unbeliever die! All night long he cried for forgiveness."
Napoleon Bonaparte, 
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About Napoleon, Count Montholon wrote: 
"The Emperor died forsaken by all, on this horrible rock. (St. Helena) His death struggle was awful!"
Thomas Edison, American inventor 
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"It is very beautiful over there."
Goethe, German Poet 
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"Light, More light!"
William of Orange, first King of the Netherlands, as he was shot by an assassin, 
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"My God, my God, have mercy on me, and on my poor people!"
John Newton b. 1725. d. 1807.
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Originally a slaver, he had a dramatic mid-ocean change of heart that led him to turn his slave ship around and take the people back to their homeland. He became a Presbyterian minister and preached against the slave-trade, inspiring William Wilberforce who brought about the abolition of slavery in Britain and its colonies.
He is most famous for having authored the words to the hymn "Amazing Grace".
As he neared his end, exclaimed, "I am still in the land of the dying; I shall be in the land of the living soon."
Heinrich Heine, 
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Heine, the great Sceptic, later changed his attitude.
In the postscript to his poem collection "Romancero" (30.9.1851) he wrote: 
"When you are on your deathbed, you become more sensitive and you would like to make peace with God and the world… Poems, that only contained halfway reproaches against God, I delivered over to the flames in a fearful zeal.
 It is better, that the verses burn than the verse maker… I returned to God as a prodigal son, after I fed the swine with the Hegelians for a long time… In the theology I have to accuse myself of retreating, because I returned to a 'personal God'." 
As he died: "God will forgive me. It's his job."
Sir Thomas Scott, 
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Scott, once president of the English Lower House said: 
"Up until this time, I thought that there was no God neither Hell. Now I know and feel that there are both, and I am delivered to perdition by the righteous judgment of the Almighty."
                     Stalin 

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who was responsible for the murder of at least 80 million Russian and Ukrainians, if not many millions more—most of them Christians! The greatest hushed up holocaust and genocide in human history, never mentioned by the media, as it is not "politically correct!" 

About Stalin's death struggle, his daughter Swetlana Allilujewa, who in March 1953 was called to the dying dictator in his dacha in Kunzewo, stated:

 "Father died terribly and difficult. God gives the righteous an easy death."
A Chinese Communist,
who delivered many Christians to their execution, came to a pastor and said:
"I’ve seen many of you die. The Christians die differently. What is their secret?"
Stephen the first Christian Martyr,
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 as he was being stoned to death by the Pharisees, assisted by Saul, who later met Jesus in a vision and changed into the Apostel Paul:
"Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"
Jesus Christ: 
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Jesus, after a long morning of torture and a 3 hour lasting excruciating crucifixion, He first forgave his Roman enemies from the cross, saying:
 "Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they do!"
 Then he granted eternal life to a repentant thief that was crucified beside him, saying,
 "Today you shall be with me in Paradise"
After the Father's Spirit left Him as He died for the sins of the world, he said, 
"My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me!" 
Then He said "It is finished!" and after He had cried out with a loud voice,
 "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit"—He gave up the ghost!

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