Last words have always fascinated people.
Perhaps they hold an echo of wisdom or a biting witticism — or at least a hint about who’s getting what in the will.
And so, Business Insider put together a list of the reported last words of 17 famous historical figures.
'Stand away, fellow, from my diagram!'
Archimedes was killed during the Second Punic War. According to the historian Plutarch, a soldier came up to the mathematician and told him to go with him to Marcellus.
Archimedes, however, refused to do so until he finished the problem he was working on. Enraged, the soldier killed him.
'I found Rome of clay; I leave it to you of marble.'
-- what he reportedly said to his subjects.
'Have I played the part well? Then applaud me as I exit.'
-- what he reportedly said to his friends who were with him throughout his reign.
'This is no way to live!'
'Thomas Jefferson survives.'
Adams and Thomas Jefferson started out as rivals, but they became friends later in life. As Adams lay on his deathbed, on July 4, he reportedly noted that his former nemesis was still alive.
However, Jefferson had actually died some hours earlier -- also on July 4.
'It is very beautiful out there.'
Right before his death, Edison came out of a coma, opened his eyes, and reportedly said the above quote to his wife. He was likely referring to the view outside his window.
Sources: The Wall Street Journal, 'Famous Last Words' by Laura Ward
'Happy -- '
A close friend of Raphael's, Cardinal Bibbiena, wrote in a letter to his niece that Raphael woke up, looked around, and then asked 'Whence comes the sunshine?' He appeared not to hear what his friends said when they spoke to him, and then uttered 'Happy...' -- but did not finish the sentence.
There are a variety of reports regarding Beethoven's last words. Some say the composer, who was deaf by the end of his life, said:
'I will hear in heaven'
while others suggest he said:
'Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est' (Applaud, friends, the comedy is finished)
But still others say that after a publisher brought the composer 12 bottles of wine, his final words were:
'Pity, pity, too late!'
'A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.'
Technically, this was Leonard Nimoy's last tweet, so they may not be his actual last words.
LLAP is short for 'Live long and prosper,' a saying made famous by Nimoy's 'Star Trek' character Mr. Spock.
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