Last words of famous people
Last words of famous people are something we would like to know, as they were pronounced just the seconds before death, and they were spoken by outstanding people who put their mark in history. When you have spent most of your life putting words down, it is only appropriate that you have something witty, humorous or poignant to offer on your deathbed. A writer’s life revolves around always knowing what to say and how to say it. But in the face of death, you’d think fear, pain and pressure would trump eloquence when speaking their last words. However, in the true form of their craft, (most of) these writers combine both honesty and eloquence to produce some of the greatest (and weirdest!) last words spoken.
Anton Chekhov dying from Tuberculosis, his doctor had given him champagne to ease the pain.
After finishing the glass, he laid down on his bed and died.
Charles Dickens suffered a stroke outside his home and was asking to be laid on the ground
Hunter S. Thompson. The last sentence on his suicide note
Mark Twain speaking to his daughter Clara. A note found by Twain’s deathbed read, “Death, the only immortal, who treats us alike, whose peace and refuge are for all. The soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved.”
William Sidney Porter, otherwise known as O. Henry, was quoted as saying “Turn up the lights, I don’t want to go home in the dark” before passing away on June 5th, 1910 after a long battle with liver problems.