Last words of famous people are not just mere words; they are words expressing the final thoughts of the person. The last words may contain emotion, anguish, anger, depression, happiness and also peace reflecting at manner in which the person has lived all his life. The ideals of a person can often be judged from his/her last words. Those who got the opportunity to say something before they departed for the other world made a confession, a pardon and/or a wish for a better life of others. Some last words also reveal the cruel ironies of fate. Those who did not get any such privilege too had spoken something just before their death which remained etched forever as fond memories. Here is a list of Top 10 last words of famous people. There are many people who have spoken some unforgettable last words but these 10 are just the last words.
10. Jane Austen (author of Pride and Prejudice, d. July 18, 1817):
Nothing, but death.
When asked by her sister, Cassandra, if there was anything she wanted.
9. J. M. Barrie (author of Peter Pan, d. June 19, 1937):
I can’t sleep.
8. Napoleon Bonaparte (French Emperor, May 5, 1821):
France, armée, tête d’armée, Joséphine (France, army, head of the army, Joséphine).
Josephine was Napoleon’s first wife.
7. Amelia Earhart (aviatrix, disappeared 1937):
We are on the line 157 337. We will repeat this message. We will repeat this on 6210 kilocycles. Wait.
Last radio communiqué before her disappearance.
6. Ernesto “Che” Guevara (revolutionary, d. October 9, 1967):
I know you have come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man.
Facing his assassin, Mario Teran, a Bolivian soldier.
5. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (writer, d. June 28, 1861):
In reply to her husband who had asked how she felt.
4. Ayrton Senna (Formula One Race Driver d. May 1, 1994):
The car seems OK…
Said moments before his ill-fated car crashed into the wall at the San Marino Grand Prix killing him.
3. Theodore Roosevelt (26th US President, d. January 6, 1919):
Put out the light.
2. Mahatma Gandhi (India’s Father of the Nation, d. January 30, 1948):
His final words in praise of Lord Rama immediately after Nathuram Godse fatally shoots him.
1. Gaius Julius Caesar (Roman Emperor, d. march 15, 44 BC):
Et tu, Brute? (You too, Brutus?)
The most known of all last words where Caesar expresses shock at the treachery of his friend Brutus.
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