11 QUITE AWESOME LAST WORDS BY FAMOUS PEOPLE
Death sucks but you already know that. However, the only sure thing in life is that it will one day end. So the question is: How can we be positive when death is inevitable? Since life is so short and death is inescapable, can we really live a happy life? Is there something we can do to enable us to accept death and act accordingly? I’m not sure if I can satisfactorily answer any of these questions since I am still dealing with my own demons when it comes to death and accepting it, but what I know is that we better be ready when the time comes because what’s even worse than dying is dying like a coward. The following eleven people uttered some of the most awesome last words before dying and since we all know we can’t stop ourselves from dying no matter what, at least let’s take it like a boss.
The legendary British prime minister, one of the main figures of WWII alongside Stalin, Hitler, and Roosevelt, was obviously a little tired (and cynical, as always) as he was dying and all he said before death took him was, “I’m bored with it all.”
Gustav Mahler was a late-Romantic Austrian composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer he acted as a bridge between the nineteenth-century Austro-German tradition and early twentieth-century modernism. He was famous for his love and admiration for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He died in his bed in 1911, conducting an imaginary orchestra. His very last word was, “Mozart!”
The great Italian American singer left this vain world just as he lived—his way. Moments before taking his last breath he simply said, “I’m losing it.”
LEONARDO DA VINCI
Leonardo da Vinci was known for being overly modest even though he was one of the greatest minds in the history of mankind. He remained modest and humble in death as well and before dying said, “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” We guess the Mona Lisa wasn’t good enough? And nowadays an untalented moron like Kanye West dares to call himself a genius.
For those of you who don’t know, Cicero was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul, constitutionalist, and arguably the greatest mind in Rome’s history. However, as many of us are aware, in antiquity (as in the present) being too open-minded and progressive in how you see things wasn’t always a good thing. For that reason Mark Antony considered him a threat and sent assassins to kill him. Before they murdered him Cicero looked at them calmly and said, “There is nothing proper about what you are about to do, soldier, but do try to kill me properly.”
Phocion was a successful politician and general in Athens who lived from 402 BC to 318 BC. He believed that extreme frugality was a condition for virtue and lived in accordance with this; consequently, he was popularly known as “the Good.” However, if you have studied Greek history then you’re probably aware that the Greeks have always had a “weird” way of showing their appreciation to their great men. Unfortunately, this was the case for Phocion as well. Just before the Athenian statesmen was executed for treason (which his political enemies “invented”), he told a friend who had complained that the citizens were ungrateful to him: “Yes, but that’s not surprising. This is what usually happens in Athens to her great men.”
LADY NANCY ASTOR
Lady Nancy Astor was the first female member of Parliament to take her seat and the first woman to sit as a member of Parliament in the House of Commons. However, she’s best remembered for her last words. In 1964, when she woke briefly during her last illness and found all her family around her bedside she said, “Am I dying or is this my birthday?” and died shortly after.
LOUIS XIV OF FRANCE
Louis XIV, also known as Louis the Great or the Sun King, was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as king of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. His reign of seventy-two years and 110 days is the longest of any monarch of a major country in European history. During his reign, France was the leading power worldwide and fought (and pretty much won) two major wars: the Franco-Dutch War and the War of the League of Augsburg, also known as the Nine Years’ War, where Louis fought successfully against the united kingdoms of England, the Dutch Republic, the Holy Roman Empire, the Spanish Empire, the Swedish Empire, and Scotland. So great was Louis XIV in the eyes of his people that moments before he died many of his closest servants and viscounts were crying around his bed unable to believe their king was about to die. He just looked at them, smiled, and said, “Why do you weep? Did you really think I was immortal?”
Karl Marx was a philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist who went down in history as the man who theoretically laid the foundations of communism. As the primitive communist he was, he decided to exit life in the most hard-core way. When his housekeeper urged him to tell her his last words so she could write them down for his legacy, he replied, “Go on, get out [of the room]—last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.”
In case you don’t know who Pietro Perugino was, he was an Italian Renaissance painter of the Umbrian school who developed some of the qualities that found quintessential expression in the High Renaissance. He’s remembered more than anything for his last words when he refused to see a priest and ask for forgiveness before dying, stating, “I am curious to see what happens in the next world to one who dies unshriven.” All we have to say is: BADASS.
Joe DiMaggio is rightfully considered one of the best baseball players who ever played and is best remembered for his legendary fifty-six-game hitting streak in 1941, a record that still stands. He’s also known for marrying the most desirable woman of the twentieth century, Marilyn Monroe, in 1954, but their marriage lasted only nine months, even though according to rumors Joe never stopped loving her till the day he died. For that matter, his last words prove the aforementioned claim since according to DiMaggio’s lawyer, Morris Engelberg, before he died he said, “I finally get to see Marilyn.”