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Last Words

  • Farewell, my friends, I go to glory.

    • Isadora Duncan,
    • last words, in Mary Desti, Isadora Duncan's End ()
  • It has all been very interesting.

  • Nothing but death.

    • Jane Austen,
    • last words, when asked if there was anything she wanted (1817), in J.E. Austen-Leigh, A Memoir of Jane Austen ()
  • I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face.

  • Do not grieve, my friend — my dearest friend. I am ready to go, and — John, it will not be long.

    • Abigail Adams,
    • in last letter to John Adams (1818), in Dorothie De Bear Bobbé, Abigail Adams, the Second First Lady ()
  • I must go in, the fog is rising.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • the last words she wrote, in Martha Dickinson Bianchi, ed., The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson ()
  • [On Gertrude Stein:] About Baby's last words. She said upon waking from a sleep — What is the question. And I didnt answer thinking she was not completely awakened. Then she said again — What is the question and before I could speak she went on — If there is no question then there is no answer. And she turned and went to sleep again. Were they not a summing up of her life and perhaps a vision of the future — often they mean that to me and then they are a comfort.

    • Alice B. Toklas,
    • 1953, in Edward Burns, ed,. Staying On Alone: Letters of Alice B. Toklas ()
  • How I have longed for thee! Oh welcome hour — the end of exile.

    • Teresa of Avila,
    • last words (1582), in Barnaby Conrad, Famous Last Words ()
  • We shall meet again!

    • Madame Récamier,
    • last words (1849), in Barnaby Conrad, ,i>Famous Last Words ()
  • For my own epitaph, I ask that it be: 'I loved and was loved and all the rest was background music.'

  • [Preparing to meet a firing squad in 1917:] Life is an illusion.

    • Mata Hari,
    • in Barbara McDowell and Hana Umlauf, Woman's Almanac ()
  • I do not sleep; I wish to meet my death awake.

    • Maria Theresa,
    • last words (1780), in Mrs. Jameson, Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns ()
  • So that's how you die.

  • Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I'm happy.

  • Let me go, let me go.

    • Clara Barton,
    • last words (1912), in Barnaby Conrad, Famous Last Word ()
  • The executioner is, I believe, very expert; and my neck is very slender.

    • Anne Boleyn,
    • 1536, in Barnaby Conrad, Famous Last Words ()
  • Make the world better.

    • Lucy Stone,
    • alleged last words, in William R. Evans III and Andrew Frothingham, eds., Crisp Toasts ()
  • Why are we so fond of that life which begins with a cry and ends with a groan?

  • [During the enjoyment of a good meal when she was almost 100 years old:] Quick! Serve the dessert! I think I am dying.

  • How fast it comes ...

    • Dorothea Lange,
    • last words, in Milton Meltzer, Dorothea Lange: A Photographer's Life ()
  • Just one more moment, executioner, just one more moment!

  • It's all been very interesting.

  • If you will send for a doctor, I will see him now.

  • I can die now. I've lived twice.

    • Edith Piaf,
    • in Laura Ward, ed., Famous Last Words ()
  • [Before being burned at the stake for her faith:] Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames.