Sometimes it is in the closing moments of this life that we find the most clarity and say the things that we most want to say.
Below are a collection of famous people, and some infamous, who were quoted late in their lives or on their death bed (and sometimes both).
I’ve put the quotes into categories of the mood they bring when you read them and the situation they were said in from facing death bravely to an odd or funny remark before passing on.
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Famous last words said before an accident
Some of the most chilling last words recorded are those from people just about to die in an accident. From Eric Garner who died after a botched arrest to David A. Johnston killed in an eruption, these words make you think.
Famous last words said by brave people
When you hear the final words of people facing death, often due to circumstances outside their control, it is inspiring. These brave words come from Titanic victims and those who died during 9/11.
Famous Last Words From Drug Overdoses
When young stars die due to the misuse of drugs, it is terrible. When you hear the sentiment of their final words it really touches your heart.
Famous Quotes From People Who Were Executed
Some people are executed for crimes they committed, like John Wayne Gacy and others were killed over politics. Final words from those who know their time is up is incredibly chilling.
Funny Last Words From Funny People
Even at the end, people who lived with laughter in their hearts can still leave us with a funny way to remember them. Sometimes these final utterances are just funny because of the context. Here are some famous final words from the best comedians and wits who have passed.
Last Words From People Who Died Happy
When all is said and done, we all want to leave this world happy with the part we played in it. Reading the final words of these famous people certainly gives you the impression that they did just that.
Ironic Last Words
Perhaps the best final words are those which have a hint of irony to them. All too often the person who said them didn’t live to see just how ironic their final utterances were.
Last Words Said In Love
Perhaps the best way to go is surrounded by those you loved and telling each other one last time just how you feel. These famous people managed to slip their mortal coil just after expressing the love in their hearts.
Last Words From Those Killed Or Murdered
When the worst happens and someone is killed, their final words can often be a reaction to what is happening to them. Famous people are no different, and these are the last recorded words of some of the most notorious victims.
Last Words With Poignant Meaning
Some people leave this world with a final message which can really help those left behind understand more about the world. Sometimes these aren’t said on the death bed, but they are a final account of what the person thought about life.
Last Words That Are Just Sad
When you know the background story, some final words are just saddening to hear and will make you feel strong emotions for the person who said them.
Last Words From People Who later Committed Suicide
Most people who are at death’s door know that they are dying and their last words are often not of their choosing. When someone decides to end their life, they put a lot of thought into the words they leave us with, which can be incredibly haunting.
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