19 Famous Personalities and Their Profound Last Words
22nd July, 2020
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Death has often fascinated us all. And famous last words? Even more so! Here’s a compilation of legendary final words from some of the icons of our era. Life is anything but a cakewalk; it’s a journey so twisted yet compelling that we repeatedly look elsewhere for successful blueprints. This is why everyone’s hungry for inspiration, and famous personalities whom we often turn to. Their struggles are our mantra and we aim to reach their grandeur. Such individuals are galvanizing even in their final moments: kissing life goodbye in their peculiarly motivational way. Today, we’ve decided to salute them by remembering their final words of wisdom. Some of these 19 personalities and their remarks, though, are witty and slightly unorthodox—a testament to their uncommon understanding of life.
Vincent van Gogh - “La tristesse durera toujours.” www.biography.com
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Vincent van Gogh - “La tristesse durera toujours.”
“The sadness will last forever.” An expression that exemplifies van Gogh’s troubled and rather short life and hints at the inevitability of human desire. The Dutch artist had a depression-ridden life as his portraits didn’t gain too much popularity until after his death. Van Gogh’s mental state caused him to commit suicide in June 1890—a century before his painting Portrait of Dr. Gachet sold for around $82.5 million.
Henry Ford - “I’ll sleep well tonight.” www.cnbc.com
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Henry Ford - “I’ll sleep well tonight.”
One of the founding pillars of the country’s success during and after World War II, Henry Ford built the Ford Motor Company from the ground up! His greatest achievements include starting the first moving assembly line—a concept that changed the automobile industry forever. Sadly, his mental health collapsed around the 1940s, leading to delusion and loneliness. He spoke his last words to a maid and died in his sleep.
Michael Jackson - “More milk.” www.grammy.com
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Michael Jackson - “More milk.”
The King of Pop, the Artist of the Century, and the one who freed millions from their own bondage died as a slave of medication. His last words were a plea for more doses of Propofol, which he called “milk.” The American performer’s dependence on prescription medications led to his sad downfall, making him believe that God keeps talking to him.
Benjamin Franklin - “A dying man can do nothing easy.” www.insider.com
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Benjamin Franklin - “A dying man can do nothing easy.”
This nation owes a great deal to many people, but none more so than the revolutionary Benjamin Franklin. He built a legacy that allowed generations to thrive and reap the tremendous benefits of the country’s vast resources. Franklin died in April 1790 and spoke his last words to his daughter, who hoped he’d recover and live longer. The world, and not just the country, still mourns his death.
Oscar Wilde - time.com
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Oscar Wilde - "The wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go."
Nothing beats the sharp blade of wittiness. It’s charming, elusive, and brings laughter as well as gentle appreciation at both ends of the spectrum. Irish playwright Oscar Wilde was renowned for his quick thinking and way with words. Even in his final days, Wilde remained quirky and often mocked his deteriorating condition. He hated the wallpaper in his hotel room, and thus reportedly uttered those words to a friend.
Richard Feynman - archinect.com
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Richard Feynman - "I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring."
Nobody really understands the remarkably simple yet beautiful concept of fire eruption until they’ve seen Dr. Richard Feynman’s fascinating explanation. His lectures were a joyous experience for the valuable knowledge and the majestic way he explained rather boring scientific concepts. Dr. Feynman was always charismatic and chased enthusiasm even in death. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 and provided path-breaking insights into quantum mechanics.
Jack Daniels - “One last drink, please.” www.findagrave.com
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Jack Daniels - “One last drink, please.”
Founder of the world-renowned whiskey brand, Jack Daniels passed away in his hometown Tennessee in 1911. His last words echoed his passion and love for drinks and were even used in an advertising campaign by the brand in 2006. Daniels’ legacy is well-established throughout the globe, where it is considered one of the finest whiskeys in the market. Jack would love that and probably even watches from above.
Charles Darwin - www.history.com
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Charles Darwin - "I am not the least afraid to die."
Those were the last words of the great Charles Darwin, who gave the world The Theory of Natural Selection. Darwin’s work as a geologist and a scientist is just as revered, establishing him as one of the most important members of human history. His last words perfectly describe his understanding of nature, while he received a state funeral and rests beside Issac Newton and others in Westminster Abbey.
Sir Winston Churchill - www.bbc.com
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Sir Winston Churchill - "I’m bored with it all.”
The 2009 Netflix series World War II in HD Colour offers incredible insight into arguably the most destructive and devastating time of human history. However, amidst all that chaos, Britain’s former Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s astounding leadership and bravery in the face of death shines brightest and is a testament to his title “The Greatest Briton in History”.
Bob Marley - “Money can’t buy life.” idmmusic.com
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Bob Marley - “Money can’t buy life.”
Bob Marley advocated having a deeper understanding of life, one which isn’t fueled by money but happiness. In his final moments, the reggae music ambassador held his son, David “Ziggy” Nesta close and said those invaluable words that reverberated even four decades later. Marley’s soulful and profound music laid great emphasis on the simple pleasures of life and the need for universal peace and harmony.
Charlie Chaplin - theconversation.com
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Charlie Chaplin - "Why not? After all, it belongs to him."
When it comes to describing some great people, the English language can fall short. Charlie Chaplin was one such ineffable personality who was revered and acknowledged by friends and foes alike. Even in the face of death, Chaplin didn’t lose his gifted comic timing, uttering those words when the priest recited May the Lord have mercy on your soul. Critics named him the “single most important figure in cinema”.
Pablo Picasso - “Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can't drink any more.” www.widewalls.ch
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Pablo Picasso - “Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can't drink any more.”
The fact that James Cameroon’s Titanic referenced to Pablo Picasso’s work is enough proof of just how revered he was. Picasso often admitted that he learned to draw before he could speak, something very few people would argue with. His works were spellbinding and demonstrated the creative scope of the human mind. The Spaniard’s 1955 masterpiece Les femmes d’Alger fetched a whopping $179 million in 2015.
Leonardo da Vinci - “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” www.businessinsider.in
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Leonardo da Vinci - “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”
If there were a prize for humility, Italian genius Leonardo da Vinci would probably be the best bet. Despite working tirelessly to push for excellence in art, science, and literature, da Vinci uttered those final words while dying in the arms of dear friend King Francis, the King of France. His list of inventions never ends, and they’re all too grand to imagine!
Beethoven - “Plaudite, amici, commedia finita est.” hearinghealthmatters.org
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Beethoven - “Plaudite, amici, commedia finita est.”
As Mozart got closer to death, the world saw the rise of the one to take his place. German pianist Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the greatest composers...ever. His compositions are so pleasing to the ears and are still studied by the music society. His last words, which translate to "Friends applaud, the comedy is over", perfectly summed up his tragic life full of heartbreaks and ailments.
Jane Austen - “I want nothing but death.” www.stylist.co.uk
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Jane Austen - “I want nothing but death.”
Like many others, the English novelist hardly earned any fame in her own lifetime. Due to the norms of established society back then, Jane Austen’s work was anonymously published with her first book Sense and Sensibility authored by “A Lady”. Austen was very vocal about women’s rights and never got married in her lifetime. She died of Addison’s disease and spoke those last words to her sister Cassandra.
Elvis Presley - www.grammy.com
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Elvis Presley - "I'm going to the bathroom to read."
And that’s where the king died, the very place he’d proposed fiancee Ginger Alden just over eight months ago. Medication overdose got him just like his vibrant and soulful music got us. Presley was one of the greatest performers in living memory, perhaps even the best. His aura and rather seductive voice captivated everyone, with celebrity fans like John Lennon, Britney Spears, and even Beyonce.
Frank Sinatra - “I’m losing it.” www.rollingstone.com
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Frank Sinatra - “I’m losing it.”
The My Way singer uttered those words to his wife as he bid goodbye. He led an inspirational life and won just about anything there was to achieve. Sinatra is still one of the best-selling artists of all time and even won recognition as an actor. Rightfully, he earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985.
Archimedes - www.historyanswers.co.uk
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Archimedes - "Do not disturb my circles"
Of all death stories, Archimedes’ is probably the most tragic. Hard at work on a problem, the Greek mathematician didn’t notice the Romans invading Syracuse. A soldier came across and commanded him to immediately show him where General Marcus was. Archimedes declined, to which the soldier pierced his sword through the inventor, not knowing who he was. This ended the life of a genius who gave so much to science.
Truman Capote - “Mama—Mama—Mama.” www.pbs.org
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Truman Capote - “Mama—Mama—Mama.”
American writer and novelist Truman Capote died repeating what he surely said many times over. He didn’t attend college but still began writing short stories at just the age of 11. His crime novel In Cold Blood is an interesting piece of journalistic work, which he took four years to complete. Capote rests beside some famous Hollywood stars in Los Angeles’ Westwood Memorial Park.