Famous Last Words from 17 Iconic People
These people had it all figured out.
“At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves.”
—George Orwell, writer, on January 21, 1950. It’s only fitting that one of the world’s greatest writers had famous last words.
Leonardo da Vinci
“I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”
—Leonardo da Vinci, artist, on May 2, 1519.
“I’d like to thank the Academy for my lifetime achievement award that I will eventually get.”
—Donald O’Connor, performer, on September 27, 2003. For more famous last words, check out these funny last words of notable people.
“I am about to—or I am going to—die. Either expression is correct.”
—Dominique Boubours, French grammarian, on May 27, 1702. Read more word-nerd one-liners with these best grammar jokes of all time.
Abbey Edward Paul
“I did what I could.”
—Abbey Edward Paul, American writer, on March 14, 1989.
“Life is still full of joy. Thumbs up for joy and adventure.”
—Maude Adams, actress, on July 17, 1953. Like many famous last words, these powerful quotes will fill you with hope.
“Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case. What now?”
—William Saroyan, American novelist, on May 1981. Get more laughs in with these 50 short jokes anyone can remember.