The Guardian offers a gallery of the famous last words of 10 different well-known authors. My favorites are below with my comments in parentheses.
- Lord Byron – ‘Come, come, no weakness; let’s be a man to the last!’ (Apparently because women show lots of weakness at the end.)
- Mark Twain – ‘Death, the only immortal, who treats us alike, whose peace and refuge are for all. The soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved’ (This, of course, from the man who famously saw death as the one gift that the wise person should ask for.)
- Virginia Woolf – ‘I feel certain that I’m going mad again …’ (Probably, yes)
- James Joyce – ‘Does nobody understand?’ (If you’re referring to your writings, no we dont’)