For some strange reason, I found myself looking up the “famous last words” uttered by well-known people. Here are a few of my favorites:
Am I dying or is this my birthday?
When she woke briefly during her last illness and found all her family around her bedside.
— Lady Nancy Astor, d. 1964
I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.
— Humphrey Bogart, d. 1957
Go on, get out – last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.
To his housekeeper, who urged him to tell her his last words so she could write them down for posterity.
— Karl Marx, d. 1883
The 18th Century British Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger, is reputed to have said, “My country… Oh, my country!” but an alternative version — which delights me — holds that what he actually said was, “I think I could eat one of Bellamy’s veal pies.”