1. “I love you very much, my dear Beaver.”
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), to his partner Simone de Beauvoir.
2. “Pardonnez-moi, monsieur. Je ne l’ai pas fait exprès.” (“Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose.”)
Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), to her executioner, after accidentally stepping on his foot.
T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), whispering the name of his wife.
4. “You are wonderful.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), to his wife.
5. “Goodnight my kitten.”
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), to his wife Mary, before committing suicide.
6. “I knew it! I knew it! Born in a hotel room and, goddamn it, dying in a hotel room.”
Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953), in a Boston hotel.
7. “I’m bored with it all.”
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965).
8. “I must go in, for the fog is rising.”
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).
9. “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”
Steve Jobs (1955-2011).
10. “I hope this exit is joyful and I hope never to return.”
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), in her last diary entry.
11. “I am just going outside and may be some time.”
Captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912), before walking into a blizzard during the Terra Nova Expedition.
12. “I don’t think they even heard me.”
Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), before committing suicide.
13. “Quite the contrary!”
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), to his nurse who suggested his health was improving.
14. “I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”
Ted Bundy (1946-1989), before being executed for murder.
15. “One last drink, please.”
Jack Daniel (1846-1911).
16. “Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub.”
Conrad Hilton (1887-1917), in response to being asked if he had any words of wisdom.
17. “Everything is an illusion.”
Mata Hari (1876-1917), to her executioner.
18. “Please don’t leave me. Please don’t leave me.”
Chris Farley (1964-1997), to a prostitute in his hotel room.
19. “I’d like to be in hell in time for dinner.”
Edward H. Rulloff (1819-1871), convicted serial killer; last person to be hanged in the state of New York.
20. “Love one another.”
George Harrison (1943-2001), to his family.
21. “My God, what’s happened?”
Princess Diana (1961-1997).
22. “Why do you weep? Did you think I was immortal?”
King Louis XIV (1638-1715).
23. “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.”
Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999), about Marilyn Monroe.
24. “I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time… I can’t go on spoiling your life any longer. I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been.”
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), in her suicide note.
25. “Lord help my poor soul.”
Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849).
26. “Yes, I am.”
John Lennon (1940-1980), after being asked by an EMT in the ambulance if he was John Lennon.
27. “Tell Mother, tell Mother, I died for my country… useless… useless.”
John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865), after being shot by police for killing Abraham Lincoln.
28. “Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!”
Karl Marx (1818-1883), after being asked what his last words were.
29. “Is everyone else alright?”
Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968), after being shot.
30. “La tristesse durera toujours.” (“The sadness will last forever.”)
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), to his brother Theo, while on his deathbed.
31. “I want nothing but death.”
Jane Austen (1775-1817), to her sister Cassandra, who asked if there was anything she wanted.
32. “I am not the least afraid to die.”
Charles Darwin (1809-1882).
33. “I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.”
Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957).
34. “Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.”
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).
35. “Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy.”
Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), to her husband.
36. “Please know I am quite aware of the hazards. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), in the last letter sent to her husband before her flight.
37. “I see black light.”
Victor Hugo (1802-1885).
38. “Is it the Fourth?”
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826).
39. “I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.”
James K. Polk (1795-1849).
40. “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).
41. “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
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