10 Famous People and Their Last Words

10 Famous People and Their Last Words

Our final words are our last chance to leave a nugget of wisdom behind. If you are looking for help in deciding on your last words, here are ten famous examples to inspire you.

1. Voltaire


A controversial figure in his time, 18th century French philosopher Voltaire was asked on his deathbed to renounce Satan. His last words – “Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies”.

2. Augustus Caesar

Photo: Till Niermann via Wiki Commons

Photo: Till Niermann via Wiki Commons

First (and many would argue greatest) emperor of Rome. According to his wife and son, his last words -“Have I played the part well? Then applaud as I exit.”

3. Otto Lilienthal

German aviation pioneer who popularized gliding flights. He died from injuries sustained in a crash. Last words“Sacrifices must be made!”

4. Giles Corey

Giles Corey

Elderly man who was executed for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. He was being crushed with stones in order to admit his deeds. Corey’s answer – “More weight!”

5. Jack Daniel

Jack Daniel

Fitting last words from the renowned whisky distiller – “One last drink, please”.

6. Groucho Marx


The comedian left us with the kind of witty one-liner we’ve come to expect from him – “This is no way to live!”

7. Alexander the Great


When Alexander the Great died, his refusal to name an heir triggered the Succession Wars and led to the demise of his empire. When asked on his deathbed who should be given his empire, Alexander allegedly said – “To the strongest”.

8. Richard Feynman


Theoretical physicist and all-around genius – “I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.”

9. Thomas Hobbes


17th century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes – “Now I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark”.

10. Charles Darwin


Not all last words are amusing or witty. Some simply represent acceptance like those of Charles Darwin – “I am not the least afraid to die”.