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    Posted: 31-Dec-2006 at 17:54
After reading Majkes thread regarding the last words of kings, I fell victim to an overwhelming urge to hear ironic or otherwise entertaining last words of historical figures. 

I'll start it out with one that I've always liked:
"They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance"
-General John Sedgwick at the battle of Antietam, immediately before being hit by a Confederate sharpshooter. 

I apologize if I am repeating another thread, however, I couldn't get the search button to work and didn't feel like digging through the records of every category in which this could pop up. 



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  Quote Emperor Barbarossa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-Dec-2006 at 20:31
"Thank God I have done my duty."
-Horatio Nelson

"To the strongest!"
-Alexander

"Even you, Brutus, my son?"
-Julius Caesar

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"Crikey! Now Stingray's are bloody dangerous mate, I'll just go and take a look at its tale"

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Alfred Rosenberg: "No."
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  Quote Omar al Hashim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-Dec-2006 at 23:59
"I wonder what happens if I do this?"
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  Quote Knights Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Jan-2007 at 03:38
Originally posted by Omar al Hashim

"I wonder what happens if I do this?"


LOL Hmmm..wonder if these were the actual last words of any major historical figure...

Some other Famous Last Words:


Jesus Christ (Before Death on Cross) - "It is finished" (Gospel of John, Ch19vs30), "My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?" (Gospels of Matthew - Ch27vs45 - and Mark - Ch15vs34-35), and finally, In the Gospel of Luke Ch23vs36 it says his final words on the cross were "Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit"

Ludwig Van Beethoven
- "Friends applaud, the comedy is over"

Genghis Khan - " Let not my end disarm you, and on no account weep or keen for me, let the enemy be warned of my death"

Joan of Arc - "Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames!"

Jan Zizka - "Make my skin into drumheads for the Bohemian cause."

James Wolfe - "What, do they run already?  Then I die happy."

Romeo (Fictional) - "Here's to my love!  O true apothecary!
Thy drugs are quick.  Thus with a kiss I die"


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  Quote Emperor Barbarossa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Jan-2007 at 10:01
Jan Zizka - "Make my skin into drumheads for the Bohemian cause."

Wow, I never could find Zizka's last words. One of the best I have heard so far.

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..heres a few that may or may not be true, but possibly interesting nonetheless!!...

..George V..King of England, died 1936...
"How is the Empire?"

..Archimedes..Greek mathematician, killed 212BC...to invading soldiers...
"Stand, fellow, from my diagram!"

..Sir Walter Ralegh...about to beheaded in 1618..
"'tis a sharp remedy, but a sure one for all ills"

..Karl Marx...asked if he had a last message to the world..
"Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough"

..Heinrich Himmler..
"I am Heinrich Himmler"

..Socrates..commited suicide in 399BC..
"Crito, i owe a cock to Aslepius. Will you remember to pay the debt?"


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  Quote Patrinos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Jan-2007 at 20:10
Originally posted by Act of Oblivion

..Archimedes..Greek mathematician, killed 212BC...to invading soldiers...
"Stand, fellow, from my diagram!"


Actually Archimedes said: "Μη μου τους κύκλους τάραττε"(mi mou tous kiklous taratte) and means "Don't disturb my circles" when he experimented something in water.
But I've read your version Act of Oblivion τοο,I don't know which is true.




    
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  Quote Timotheus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Jan-2007 at 21:18
Originally posted by Emperor Barbarossa

Jan Zizka - "Make my skin into drumheads for the Bohemian cause."

Wow, I never could find Zizka's last words. One of the best I have heard so far.



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  Quote Tobodai Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Jan-2007 at 23:08
"This is funny!"
 
-Doc Holiday, infamous gunfighter.  The Doc was actually a doctor who, upon discovering he had tuburculosis, went out west to live quite a life, was in tons of shootouts and always expected to die in a fight.  He lived through all the shootouts and died of tuburculosis anyway \, hence why it was funny.
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  Quote Donasin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Jan-2007 at 01:18
FDR - "I have a horrible headache..."

Theodore Roosevelt - "Please put out the light, James."



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  Quote Leonardo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Jan-2007 at 03:08
Originally posted by Knights


Ludwig Van Beethoven - "Friends applaud, the comedy is over"

    

Wasn't Augustus?
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  Quote Constantine XI Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Jan-2007 at 03:34
Augustus' was "Finita la comedia", I believe.
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  Quote Knights Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Jan-2007 at 03:36
Good Point. There are a few contradictory sources.
Most Websites say that the last words of Beethoven were "Plaudite, amici, commedia finita est" (Friends applaud, the comedy is over"). However, the last words of Augustus are shrouded with more mystery and legend. Some exclaim that Augustus's last words were something along the lines of "Did I play my role well? If so, then applause, because the comedy is finished". Others state that his last words were "Varus, Varus, give me back my legions" (after Battle of Teutoberg Wald). This is suppose is more of legend. Refutes/Comments welcome!
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  Quote Kapikulu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Jan-2007 at 03:44
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Your hope would be enough;
we couldn't find neither;
we made up sorrows for ourselves;
we couldn't be consoled;

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  Quote Leonardo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Jan-2007 at 03:44
If Beethoven really said "Plaudite amici comoedia finita est" probably he was citing Augustus ...
    

Edited by Leonardo - 02-Jan-2007 at 03:48
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  Quote Knights Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Jan-2007 at 03:51
Haha Constantine, beat me to it...

On a side note, some other famous last words:

Hannibal - "Liberemus diuturna cura populum Romanum, quando mortem senis exspectare longum censent" - "Let us ease the Roman people of their continual care, who think it long to await the death of an old man"

Che Guevara - "I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man"

Caligula - "Vivo!" - "I live!"

Lord Horatio Nelson - "Thank God I have done my duty!"

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  Quote Knights Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Jan-2007 at 03:52
Originally posted by Leonardo

If Beethoven really said "Plaudite amici comoedia finita est" probably he was citing Augustus ...
    


Yes that's what I would imagine
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  Quote Yiannis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Jan-2007 at 05:55
Originally posted by Patrinos

Originally posted by Act of Oblivion

..Archimedes..Greek mathematician, killed 212BC...to invading soldiers...
"Stand, fellow, from my diagram!"


Actually Archimedes said: "Μη μου τους κύκλους τάραττε"(mi mou tous kiklous taratte) and means "Don't disturb my circles" when he experimented something in water.
But I've read your version Act of Oblivion τοο,I don't know which is true.




    
 
Actually Archimedes was drawing his diagrams in the sand, not water, when the Roman soldiers entered his quarters. He told them to mind his drawings and they promptly slaughtered him.
 
Here're some more, fictional, fmous last worlds:
 
- Sultan: you have any famous last words to say?
- Baron Munchausen (bending on a log, executioner standing over him, waving a sharp axe over his head): Not yet
- Sultan: Not yet!? Is that famous?
 


Edited by Yiannis - 02-Jan-2007 at 05:58
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