One day we will pen our last post.
Most likely, we will not know it is our last post, our last thoughts
broadcast to the worldwide net.
What will they say of us? The last novel we have written --
what will it say of who we were,
what we thought, and what we thought important?
The same goes for our last short story or to the last words we spoke before we got into the car on our way to meet that trucker asleep at the wheel.
Those words may have more import than all the others we have spoken or written and tell the'
world accurately or not who we were.
Sigmund Freud is reported to have said, "This is absurd, this is absurd."
Robert Kennedy: "Is everyone else all right?"
Two men, two different kinds of sentences all together.
Of course there are contesting versions of some people.
Take Alexander the Great - goodness knows he took enough
Alexander is reported to have said, "To the strongest."
When asked on his deathbed who was to succeed him,
his voice may have been indistinct.
Alexander may have said "Krateros" (the name of one
of his generals),
but he was not around, and the others may have chosen
to hear "Kratistos— the strongest".
Freud's last words have also been reported to have been:
"Tell Anna of our talk."
Anna was Freud's daughter. Freud had been in agony
for some months due to oral cancer
and had previously discussed with his physician that
he wished to be euthanized
rather than endure prolonged suffering.
Marta Hari: "Everything is an illusion."
Spoken to a visitor before she faced a firing squad.
The words reflect the Eastern mysticism which had
long fascinated her.
Here are some other last words:
Only you have ever understood me. … And you got it wrong..
- Who: Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel, to his favorite student.
- Who: Ernest Hemingway
- Note: Spoken to his wife before committing suicide.
- Who: Crowfoot. His last beautiful words, 1890.
Note: Baum was referring to the Shifting Sands,
the impassable desert
surrounding the Land of Oz.
Am I dying, or is this my birthday?
- Who: Lady Nancy Astor
- Note: In her final illness, she awoke on her deathbed to see her family at her bedside.
- Translation: Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose.
- Who: Marie Antoinette
- Note: As she approached the guillotine, convicted of treason and about to be beheaded, she accidentally stepped on the foot of her executioner.
- Who: John F. Kennedy
- context: This was said in reply to Nellie Connally, wife of Governor John Connelly, commenting "You certainly can't say that the people of Dallas haven't given you a nice welcome, Mr. President."
- He was assassinated moments later.
- Who: Mozart
My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.
- Who: Oscar Wilde
- Variation: These curtains are killing me, one of us has got to go.
- Popular variation often found in "Famous Last Words"-lists: "Either the wallpaper goes, or I do."
- Who: James Dean
- Note: Words said before dying in a car accident.
Look back at the last sentence in your last post.
Is that what you would want them to be?