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Old June 20th, 2011, 04:00 AM   #1

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Best and/or Worst Last Words in History


Some great people have great last words. My favourite is by General Ramón Blanco, the Spannish Governer of Cuba. When he was dying a priest asked him to forgive his enemies like all soldiers should do when they die. To this Blanco replied: "I don't have any enemies. I had them all shot." Wonderful.

Similarly, some great people have pathetic last words. The French get the prize for worst last words, because the worst last words I could find belonged to two Frenchmen.

King Henry IV, stabbed by a monk. What inspiring words does Henry think of: "I've been stabbed". Fantastic.

Georges Danton, sentenced to death by guillotine. As he boards the death carraige what does he say :"Take me to the Guillotine". Well where else would it take him, Versailles?

Let me know what you think are the best/worst last words in history are by posting below.
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Old June 20th, 2011, 04:04 AM   #2

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I liked Ribbentops as he was executed after Nuremburg "Germany, good luck."

My all time favorate has to be an American General General John Sedgwick during the civil war who when being told by his aids to take cover turned to them and said something like.


"Don't be rediculous they couldn't hit an elephant at this dist....." Although some people say this is a myth
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My all time favorate has to be an American General during the civil war who when being told by his aids to take cover turned to them and said something like.


"Don't be rediculous they couldn't hit an elephant at this dist....." Although some people say this is a myth
I've heard that one too, but it was a British General in the Crimea, so it could well be a myth. Probably a proverb to teach soldiers to take cover.
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Old June 20th, 2011, 04:14 AM   #4

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Deffinatly General John Sedgwick although not quite his last words, he deffinatly said them then seconds later was killed. Technically speaking his last words were "All right, my man; go to your place." His second last words deffinatly were "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."

An entire account of the affair can be found here The Death Of General John Sedgwick writtenby Martin T. McMahon, Brevet Major-General, U.S.V.; Chief-of-Staff, Sixth Corps whom was standing next to Sedgewick when he was killed.
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"Bugger Bognor" has to be amongst my favourites.

But Spike Milligan's epithet also deserves a prize - "I told you I was ill."
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"Bugger Bognor" has to be amongst my favourites.
Care to elaborate???
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Care to elaborate???
Supposedly said by King George V on his deathbed, after being told that he would soon be well enough to visit Bognor Regis. One assumes he wasn't terribly impressed...
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I've found this - The 11 Most Badass Last Words Ever Uttered | Cracked.com

Its somewhat hilarious !
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I'm going to apologize to T.J. Adams because this one is most appropriate for him to post. I thought of him and it popped into my head.

Thomas Jefferson--still survives...
~~ John Adams, US President, d. July 4, 1826
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Old June 20th, 2011, 05:02 AM   #10

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Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary. Dying and at a loss for something memorable to say told his associates.
"Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something."

Famous Last Words : The Ultimate Collection of Finales and Farewells (2004) by Laura Ward and Robert Allen, p. 92
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