Famous last words of the rich and infamous are often witty, innovative and insightful. We look at some of the funniest, most moving and interesting quotes from historical figures.
OSCAR WILDE, 1854 – 1900 “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”
Oscar Wilde was a famous dandy, writer and eccentric. Perhaps it isn’t surprising that his last words were so bitingly funny.
PABLO PICASSO, 1881 – 1973
“Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink anymore.”
Picasso, the famous artist had this to say on his deathbed. He died at the ripe old age of 91.
CHE GUEVARA, 1928 – 1967
“I know you have come to kill me. Shoot, coward! You are only going to kill a man.” (Said to his assassin)
The revolutionary faced his assassin bravely as he came to kill him. Che was a major figure in the Cuban Revolution. He was shot by CIA-assisted Bolivian armed forces.
KING GEORGE V, 1865 – 1936
“Bugger Bognor.” (In response to his doctor suggesting he get well while visiting Bognor Regis).
King George ruled England from May 1910 until he died. He was succeeded by his son Edward, who later abdicated and let his younger brother take over the throne.
WINSTON CHURCHILL, 1874 – 1965
“I’m bored with it all.”
Churchill was a great speaker and orator, and once again, it’s not surprising that his last words were as amusing as his earlier witticisms.
CHARLOTTE BRONTE, 1816 – 1855
“Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy.”(Said to her husband about God)
Charlotte Bronte was a famous authoress and poet. She wrote the popular novel Jane Eyre, which is still read by many today.
DYLAN THOMAS, 1914 – 1953
“I’ve had eighteen straight whiskies; I think that’s the record.”
A Welsh poet and avid drinker, Thomas wrote one of the most famous poems about death, ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’.
GERTRUDE STEIN, 1874 – 1946
“What is the answer? … (Silence, laughs)… In that case, what is the question?”
Stein was a famous author who lived in France and who was great friends with many famous artists including Picasso. She was a lesbian. She lived in France throughout the Nazi occupation, refusing to move despite the Nazi’s hatred of homosexuality.
It’s not easy coming up with famous death bed words. Perhaps the best thing to do is make a shortlist while lying in one of the many fabulous beds from Bedstar.