The 19 Most Memorable Last Words Of All Time

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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)

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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.

5. “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.”

– 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)

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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)

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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)

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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!

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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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  5. Laura Marie Rankin

    My Dear Friend Harriet was just clearing the Dinner Table when she asked her Husband if he wanted any more to eat.
    He said “I’ve had enough.” And then his face fell in his plate and he passed.

  6. Jeanne

    My grandfather said, “stop the world, it’s my turn to get off”

  7. TheGuyWithALife

    my dad died at age 57 and he masseged my big sister saying his last words…so i reacted as well. his last words are “we had great memories together, you could rise up with me if the coast is clear :)” i burst into straight up tears when i saw him in his casket.

  8. Daryl dabis

    Steve Jobs said it best with “wow wow wow”

  9. Asmodeus Shandilya

    I was at my maths examination hall ; was not able to attend my grandma’s funeral it’s so sad inside

  10. Tammi Lynn

    Did they even use the word ‘fart’ in 18th century France?

  11. E

    My dad said just one last hunt from a family of pig hunters I thort that was staunch. I wish all his brthaz were there to here it they wud of been proud

  12. Rita Conway

    From my maternal grandmother, take care of your Momma, an dont ever take no sh*t, from anybody! Closes her eyes n passed away

  13. Stacy Honeycutt

    My mother’s last words to me were at first simply, “I want to go home”. I told her she couldn’t go back home, she was too il. She then clarified for me by adding, “To Jesus”.

  14. J.

    My father passed away september the 8th 2021 at 220pm. He spoke a little a days before. I was crying and it said life sucks sometimes… He replied ” death sucks”. And he mouthed ” I love you” one last time.

  15. Tracey bass

    The day before my grandpa passed he raised up from his bed with a look on his face that I still remember he was smiling and had a glow to him of excitement like a child going to Disney World. He had a message to give his wife (my grandmother) she ran to his side and leaned down and he whispered in her ear with the biggest smile on his face “your mama loves you” he never spoke another word and passed early the next day. I believe hw was seeing loved ones all day. And his mother n law wanted him to tell her daughter she loved her.

  16. Krystal Penrose

    Wow! This is such a special moment in time. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Krystal Penrose

    Wow! That’s powerful. Thank you for sharing that experience.

  18. Krystal Penrose

    SO beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Krystal Penrose

    Wow!!! She sounds like a wonderful, sassy woman with lots of power! Thank you for sharing.

  20. Krystal Penrose

    Good question! Guess we’ll need a time machine to find out!

  21. Krystal Penrose

    I learned the story of those 3 words right after his death and I will never forget them

  22. Krystal Penrose

    This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Krystal Penrose

    That’s incredibly touching and profound. Thank you!

  24. Krystal Penrose

    Wow!!!!!! Thank you for sharing.