I find these very interesting, but I wonder if they are all true?
HENRY WARD BEECHER,1837
American Congregationalist preacher
'Now comes the mystery.'
CHARLES II, 1685
'I have been a most unconscionable time dying, but I hope you will excuse it.'
To the executioner
'Be sure that you show that mob my head. It will be a long time before they see its like.'
'All my possessions for a moment of time.'
Considered at one time to be the greatest English figure painter
'Wonderful! Wonderful, this death!'
LORD HENRY HOLLAND,1840
Liberal statesman,nephew of Charles James Fox
'If Mr. Selwyn calls, let him come in. If I am alive I shall be very glad to see him, and if I am dead he will be very glad to see me.'
DUKE OF MONMOUTH,1685
On Tower Hill, to his executioner
'There are six guineas for you and do not hack me as you did my Lord Russell.'
SIR THOMAS MORE,1535
As he ascended the scaffold
'See me safe up. For my coming down,let me shift for myself.'
VISCOUNT HENRY PALMERSTON, 1865
'Die? My dear doctor, that's the last thing I shall do!'
Vain and debauched Roman Emperor
'What an artist the world is losing in me.'
LADY NANCY ASTOR,1664
On waking to find her family round her bed
'Am I dying or is this my birthday?'
King of Scotland(not the famous one)
To his family
'I have breakfasted with you, and I shall sup with my Lord Jesus Christ.'
Electrocuted for 2 murders
'I did not get my spaghettiOs. I got spaghetti. I want the world to know.'
'I'm going back to bed.'
ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING,1861
To Robert, when asked how she felt:
GAIUS JULIUS CAESAR,44BC
Roman Emperor,at his assassination
'Et tu, Brute?'
To her husband of 9 months
'Oh, I am not going to die, am I ? He will not separate us, we have been so happy.'
Before slipping into a coma
'I'm bored with all this.'