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Dying Words of Gandhi, Hitler, Hobbes, Booth

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Every time I browse the enormous collection of reference books on the central branch second floor, I find a gem like this Dictionary of Last Words. Some that I found:

John Donne [click for books on or by Donne]: “I were miserable if I might not die…They Kingdom come, Thy Will be done.” 

Thomas Jefferson: “Is it the Fourth?” 

William James (American philosopher/psychologist): “It’s so good to get home!” 

Henry James (writer): “So here it is at last, the distinguished thing!” 

Beethoven: (when the wine he asked for came late) “Too bad! Too bad! It’s too late!” 

Alexander Graham Bell: “So little done. So much to do.” 

Jeremy Bentham (utilitarian): “I now feel that I am dying; our care must be to minimize pain. Do not let the servants come into the room, and keep away the youths; it will be distressing to them, and they can be of no service.” 

John Wilkes Booth: “Tell my mother—I died—for my country…I thought I did for the best…Useless! Useless!” 

Emily Dickinson: “I must go in, the fog is rising.” 

Charles Darwin: “I am not the least afraid to die.” 

Jean Jacques Rousseau: “See the sun, whose smiling face calls me; see that immeasurable light. There is a God! Yes, God Himself, who is opening His arms and inviting me to taste at last that eternal and unchanging joy that I had so long desired.” 

Hitler: “Above all, I enjoin the government of the nation and the people to uphold the racial laws to the limit and to resist mercilessly the poisoner of all nations, interational Jewry…My wife and I choose to die in order to escape the shame of overthrow or capitulation. It is our wish for our bodies to be cremated immediately on the place where I have performed the greater part of my daily work during twelve years of service to my people.” 

Thomas Hobbes: “I shall be glad to find a hole to creep out of the world at.” 

Gandhi: “Oh, God.”


Dictionary of Last Words

Posted by Matt Smith at 04/21/2011 08:23:21 AM