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Famous Last Words and Epitaphs

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  1. 2020hindsight

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    Famous Last words and/or Epitaphs

    Here's one to start with ...

    "I am just going outside and may be some time" Captain Oates

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Oates

     

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    "Such is Life"

    Ned Kelly

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    What the hell was that!


    Mayor of Hiroshima...08.16 AM, Monday August 6, 1945
     
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    lol - couple of good ones there ..

    Maj Gen John Sedgwick, US Civil War (Union)
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance"
    sometimes shortened (for fun) to
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist-..." ;)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sedgwick

     
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    George Sanders..

    "Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck."

    "His second marriage was to Zsa Zsa Gabor etc etc ..and his fourth was to Magda Gabor, her elder sister; the marriage lasted only 6 weeks. Following this he began to drink heavily." :eek:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Sanders_(actor)

    you drink that much, you'd lose your balance too :eek:

     

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    Plenty more here ;) :-

    whether intentional or accidental, some of these quotes can appear humourous at first glance

    http://www.corsinet.com/braincandy/dying.html
    example :-

    I can't sleep.
    ~~ James M. Barrie, author, d. 1937

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._M._Barrie
     
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    "I told you I was ill"

    Spike Milligan
     
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    http://www.web-books.com/Classics/Poetry/Anthology/Kipling/Epitaphs.htm

    Epitaph for a son killed in war (could well relate to Kipling's own son, John)

    A SON
    My son was killed while laughing at some jest. I would I knew
    What it was, and it might serve me in a time when jests are few.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudyard_Kipling
     
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    "If someone is going to kill me, they will kill me."

    Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963)

    Or some may his last words were;

    "I think that guy on the grassy knoll is pointing a gun at me..." :D
     
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    YOU HAVE ALL BETRAYED ME! - Adolph Hitler
     
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    Lionel Barrymore, Americal Actor, died 1954 - Invited to contribute his own epitaph to a music magazine ... scratches his head ...
    "Well I've played everything except a harp" :eek:

    Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.
    ~~ Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, d. March 26, 1827

    I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.
    ~~ Humphrey Bogart, actor, d. January 14, 1957
     
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    William Palmer (The Rogeley poisoner") Brtish murderer, hanged 1856. Stepping onto the gallows ....
    "Are you sure it's safe"?

    Wilson Mizner, Hollywood wit, died 1933 - rejecting an attendant priest..
    "Why should I talk to you? I've just been talking to your boss"

    Sir Alfred Macalpine, Irish bulding contractor / tycoon.
    "Keep Paddy behind the big mixer". :eek:
     
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    Jeanne-marie Roland de la Platiere, French Jacobin leader, guillotined 1793. To an old man waiting with her on the same scaffold and terrified of his own death...
    "Go first, At least I can spare you the pain of seeing my blood flow.."

    Maximilien de Robespierre, French revoltionary leader and architect of "the Terror" , himself guillotined 1794
    "Thanks you sir"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Tale_of_Two_Cities

    “ It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known. ”
    —Final sentence of A Tale of Two Cities[15]
     
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    I'm bored with it all.
    Before slipping into a coma. He died 9 days later.
    ~~ Winston Churchill, statesman, d. January 24, 1965

    This time it will be a long one.
    ~~ Georges Clemenceau, French premier, d. 1929

    That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted.
    ~~ Lou Costello, comedian, d. March 3, 1959

    That was a great game of golf, fellers.
    ~~ Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, singer / actor, d. October 14, 1977

    I've never felt better.
    ~~ Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., actor, d. December 12, 1939

    I've had a hell of a lot of fun and I've enjoyed every minute of it.
    ~~ Errol Flynn, actor, d. October 14, 1959

    Come my little one, and give me your hand.
    Spoken to his daughter, Ottilie.
    ~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer, d. March 22, 1832

    Yes, it's tough, but not as tough as doing comedy.
    When asked if he thought dying was tough.
    ~~ Edmund Gwenn, actor, d. September 6, 1959

    All is lost. Monks, monks, monks!
    ~~ Henry VIII, King of England, d. 1547

    All my possessions for a moment of time. :)
    ~~ Elizabeth I, Queen of England, d. 1603

    Let us cross over the river and sit in the shade of the trees.
    Killed in error by his own troops at the battle of Chancellorsville during the US Civil War.
    ~~ General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, d. 1863

    Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal?
    ~~ Louis XIV, King of France, d. 1715

    Too late for fruit, too soon for flowers.
    ~~ Walter De La Mare, writer, d. 1956

    Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.
    From Luke 23:46
    ~~ Jesus Christ
     
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    I've had eighteen straight whiskies, I think that's the record . . .
    ~~ Dylan Thomas, poet, d. 1953

    God bless... God damn.
    ~~ James Thurber, humorist, d. 1961

    Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something. ;)
    ~~ Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary, d. 1923
     
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    lol, sorry , but I just gotta share some more of thurber's quotes - what a classic he is / was ;)

    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/james_thurber.html
    A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.

    A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn't make sense.

    Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.

    But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?

    Don't get it right, just get it written.

    Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy and wealthy and dead.

    He who hesitates is sometimes saved.

    I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.

    I'm 65 and I guess that puts me in with the geriatrics. But if there were fifteen months in every year, I'd only be 48. That's the trouble with us. We number everything. Take women, for example. I think they deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of 28 and 40.

    It is better to have loafed and lost, than never to have loafed at all.

    It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

    It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.

    Last night I dreamed of a small consolation enjoyed only by the blind: Nobody knows the trouble I've not seen!

    Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.

    Man has gone long enough, or even too long, without being man enough to face the simple truth that the trouble with man is man.

    Man is flying too fast for a world that is round. Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear end collision.

    My opposition to Interviews lies in the fact that offhand answers have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language.

    The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it.

    The difference between our decadence and the Russians' is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.

    The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess.

    The sanity of the average banquet speaker lasts about two and a half months; at the end of that time he begins to mutter to himself, and calls out in his sleep.

    There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.

    We all have faults, and mine is being wicked.

    Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?

    Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more.

    You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.

    You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.
     
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    Last words of Jack Hindshaw, the Resident Engineer on the Westgate Bridge , a span of which collapsed Oct 1970, making a phonecall to a colleague from an office under the suspect span - assumed to be inresponse to some movement ... "(oops), I wonder if I should get the bods off the bridge" :eek: (The span landed on him)

    http://www.westgatebridge.org/tragedy.html
    http://www.westgatebridge.org/collapse.html
     

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    Harry (Breaker) Morant
    Australian soldier, executed 1900
    "Shoot straight you bastards! Don't make a mess of it!"

    Black Jack Ketchum
    American bankrobber, hanged 1901
    "I'll be in hell before you've finished breakfast, boys.... Let her rip!"

    John Wesley Hardin
    American outlaw, killed whilst gambling with dice in a bar in El Paso
    "Four sixes to beat!" :eek:

    William Hotman
    Hero of the Ameican Revolution, killed 1781
    The British were about to blow up a Revolutionary fort and all within it, \ Hotman put out the fuse with his dying wounds..
    " ....We will completely wet the powder with our blood; thus will we, with the life that remains in us, save the fort and the magazine, and perhaps a few of our comrades who are only wounded. "
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Savage_Landor
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_cemetery_florence

    Walter Savage Landor (buried in the "English Cemetery" in Florence

    .... "In 1849 he wrote a well-known epithet for himself on his 74th birthday.

    Robert Louis Stevenson (buried above Apia, Samoa) :-
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Louis_Stevenson

     
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