The Most Famous Last Words Ever Said Before Death


These well-known people have said the most famous last words before they died.  Some are interesting, others, inspirational.

#1 Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

“Pardon me, Sir, I did not do it on purpose.”

Queen Marie Antoinette was set to die at the guillotine during the peak of the French Revolution.  As she was on the scaffold, seconds before her death, she accidentally stepped on the foot of her executioner and she said these last words of pardon.

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

#2 John F. Kennedy

“No, you certainly can’t.”

John F. Kennedy gave this response to the wife of then Governor John Connelly who said, “you certainly cannot say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome, Mr. President.”  Just moments after JFK’s response, he was fatally shot.

John F. Kennedy

#3 Humphrey Bogart

“I should have never switched from Scotch to Martinis.”

Suave until the end, Humphrey Bogart called his wife and children to his deathbed, bid them goodbye, and uttered these last words in Mapleton Drive, U.S.A.

Humphrey Bogart

#4 Louisa May Alcott

“Is it not meningitis?”

Famous American novelist Louisa May Alcott was on her deathbed for an unknown illness.  She said these words, thinking that her illness was meningitis.  Eventually, it was discovered that she got mercury poisoning when she was treated for typhoid fever years before.

Louisa May Alcott

#5 John Quincy Adams

“This is the last of Earth!  I am content!”

A former President of the United States, John Quincy Adams, happily declared these words.  He passed away due to a severe internal cerebral hemorrhage after he fell on the floor of the US Capitol Building while he was representative of the District of Massachusetts.  Note: Adams was quite the interesting fellow.  For example, he really didn’t mind that there was an alligator out and about the White House.

John Quincy Adams

#6 Alexander the Great

“To the strongest!”

Alexander the Great is one of the greatest warriors of all time.  He said these last words, a few minutes before his death when the generals of his dominion asked who was worthy to succeed him, since he had no heir.  The strongest he was referring to was one of his generals, Krateros.

Alexander the Great

#7 James Brown

“I’m going away tonight.”

James Brown, “The Godfather of Soul,” said these last words before he succumbed to pneumonia brought about from a congestive heart failure.

James Brown

#8 Joan Crawford

“Don’t you dare ask God to help me.”

Joan Crawford, still one of the premier actresses of all time, got cancer when she was in her 70s.  On her last day, the 2 nurses who were taking care of her, upon realizing that Crawford was dying, prayed by her bedside.  Crawford told them her last words and then passed.

Joan Crawford

#9 Nostradamus

“Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here.”

Still staying true to his reputation of being a seer of the future, Nostradamus may have predicted his own death.  It was said that he was on his deathbed, listening to Cohen’s songs.


#10 Belinda Emmett

“Are you all right?”

Belinda Emmett, an Australian actress and singer, spoke these words to her sister before she died of breast cancer.  She said this when she saw her sister weeping beside her deathbed.

Belinda Emmett