People have always been fascinated by the last words of others.
Perhaps they hold a touch of wisdom, or a last joke, or even confirmation of who’s getting what in the will.
In light of that, Business Insider put together a list of the reported last words of 18 famous historical figures.
Check them out below.
'Stand away, fellow, from my diagram!'
Archimedes was killed during the Second Punic War. According to the historian Plutarch, a soldier reportedly came up to the mathematician and told him to go with him to Marcellus. However, Archimedes refused to do so until he finished the problem he was working on. Enraged, the soldier killed him.
To his subjects he reportedly said:
'I found Rome of clay; I leave it to you of marble.'
And to his friends who were with him throughout his reign he said:
'Have I played the part well? Then applaud me as I exit.'
After accidentally stepping on her executioner's foot as she climbed the scaffold to the guillotine, she reportedly said,
'Pardon me. I didn't do it on purpose.'
Source: 'Famous Last Words' by Alan Bisbort
Adams and Jefferson started out as rivals, but became friends later in life. As Adams lay on his deathbed, on July 4, his last words were:
'Thomas Jefferson survives.'
However, Jefferson had actually died some hours earlier -- also on July 4.
Some reports say that Beethoven, who was deaf by the end of life, said
'I will hear in heaven'
while others suggest that the said
'Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est' (applaud, friends, the comedy is finished).
However, still others say that after a publisher brought the composer 12 bottles of wine, his final words were:
'Pity, pity, too late!'
These might not be his last words, but Leonard Nimoy's last tweet was:
'A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.'
LLAP is short for 'Live long and prosper,' a saying made famous by Nimoy's Star Trek character Mr. Spock.
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