The 19 Most Memorable Last Words Of All Time


What would be your last words if knew it was your time to pass away?

Being in the funeral profession, I can’t help but think about the topic.

And as it turns out, many people – famous or not – have uttered some pretty epic last words on their deathbed. Some of them are funny, some sad, some philosophical, but one thing’s for sure… they’re all incredibly memorable, and that’s why I’m here to share them with you today:

1. “I am about to–or I am going to–die; either expression is used.”

– French grammarian Dominique Bouhours (1628-1702)

2. “I must go in, the fog is rising.”

– Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


3. “It is very beautiful over there.”

– Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

4. “Looks like a good night to fly.”

– One reddit user’s great Uncle (Gillybilly)

The reddit user’s great uncle flew for the Navy in WWII and flew commercial jets for 30 years and while laying in the hospital bed, he said those last words to his brother.


– Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Steve Jobs’s last moments were written about in his sister’s touching eulogy for him, where she writes: “Even now, he had a stern, still handsome profile, the profile of an absolutist, a romantic. His breath indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, altitude. He seemed to be climbing. But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve’s capacity for wonderment, the artist’s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later.”

Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times. Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. Steve’s final words were: OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.


6. “I want nothing but death.”

– Jane Austen (1775-1817)


In a letter written by Jane Austen’s sister, Cassandra Austen,  she writes that “When I asked her [Jane] if there was anything she wanted, her answer was she wanted nothing but death.”


7. “Money can’t buy life.”

– Bob Marley (1945-1981)


8. “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”

– Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Oscar Wilde passed at the Left Bank Hotel and before his death he remained mostly positive, until the end when he compared his health to the wallpaper in his room that he seemed to hate. After his death, the wallpaper was removed and the room was designed to look like one of the rooms in Oscar’s London flat.


9. “Behold, O monks, this is my advice to you. All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation.”

– Buddha (circa 563 BC – circa 483 BC)

10. “Go on, get out – last words are for fools who have not yet said enough!”

– Karl Marx (1818-1883)


Karl Marx said these last words to his housekeeper, who asked him what his last words were so she could write them down for “posterity”.

11. “Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.”

– Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


12. “I just wanted to say ‘goodbye’ to someone.”

– One reddit user’s patient (jacobtwo-two)

The reddit user tells us that was a health care aid on a geriatric ward, a patient called out for him and when he put his ear next to her mouth she quietly said, “I just wanted to say ‘goodbye’ to someone.” She died a few days later.

13. “A woman who can fart is not dead.”

– French nun Louise-Marie-Thérèse (1664-1732)

After letting one rip right before her death, Louise decided that a woman who can fart is surely still kicking.  

14. “Capital punishment means those without the capital get the punishment.”

– John Arthur Spenkelink (1949-1979)

John Arthur Spenkelink was executed right after the capital punishment became re-legalized in Florida in 1979. He spent his final days writing these last words on pieces of mail.


15. “A dying man can do nothing easy.”

– Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


16. “I should have never switched from Scotch to Martinis.”

– Actor Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)


17. “I’m bored with it all.”

-Winston Churchill (1874-1965)


Before slipping into a nine-day-long coma, Winston Churchill uttered these last words.


18. “Why should I talk to you? I’ve just been talking to your boss.”

– Playwright Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)

When a priest said, “I’m sure you want to talk to me” to Wilson Mizner while he was on his deathbed, he responded with those last words.


19. “Last tag.”

– Banker Richard B. Mellon (1858-1933)

Richard B. Mellon and his brother Andrew played a game of tag that lasted seven decades. On his deathbed, these were Richard’s last words to his brother. His brother remained “it” until he died four years later.

What are the most memorable last words you’ve ever heard or seen uttered? Tell us in the comments below!

Rochelle Rietow


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  1. Kathy Novak

    I am ready. It’s time. What more is there left.
    (Words from a 99 year old widow on her deathbed.)

  2. Andrea Horn

    My grandmother had always told my grandfather, “I have to die first, because I cannot stand the thought of living without you.” When she had a heart attack, she looked at him, smiled and said ” Told you I would go first” and died . Grandpa just shook his head and said “She always did have to have the last word, and loved it when she was right.”

  3. Kyx

    My Dad at 57 dying of lung cancer kept saying in his medicated delirium, “The horses are ready”

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