“We are beggars. This is true.” Luther’s doctors found this written on slip of paper shortly after he died. It almost sounds cryptic, but not when you consider what Luther’s whole life was about. What do you think he meant? (Seriously, I’d love a comment!) From “The Last Written Words of Luther” by Dr. MartinContinue reading “Famous Last Words: Martin Luther”
“This is the fourth?” Jefferson was determined to live til the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He slipped in and out of consciousness several times before he died, asking this question each time he awoke. He got his wish, dying on July 4, 1826. From The Real Thomas JeffersonContinue reading “Famous Last Words: Thomas Jefferson”
“Nothing but death.” Jane Austen suffered a long illness before she finally died. She said this to some of her relatives, who were waiting on her, after they asked if she wanted anything. From A Memoir of Jane Austen by James Edward Austen-Leigh. Image: Project Gutenberg.
“Good-bye. If we meet—” Spoken to his daughter Clara. Twain never finished that last sentence; he stopped and looked at Clara for a long time before falling asleep and dying a few hours later. On a completely unrelated but still interesting note, Haley’s Comet passed close to earth on both the year of Twain’s birthContinue reading “Famous Last Words: Mark Twain”
“My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.” Ah, Oscar Wilde. Even in death, he was a clever monkey. These may not have been his very last words, but they’re pretty close to them. Via Book Wilde. Image Credit: Project Gutenberg.