We talk a lot about quotes here at Daily Mayo, because the next best thing after reading is talking about what you’ve read. We’ve featured so many quotes from authors here, including spring quotes from authors, surprising misquotes, quotes from Oscar Wilde (because he is the best), and even quotes from Irish authors.
But what we’ve never done here is a round-up of author’s last words.
Today, we’re keeping it real by sharing some of my favorite dead author’s last words (or at least what is passed down as their last words- who really knows for sure?) As predicted, some of these author’s last words are just as quote worthy as their books and writings.
18 Famous Author’s Last Words
Lord Byron (1788-1824)
“Come, come, no weakness; let’s be a man to the last!” Or “Now I shall go to sleep.” There is some debate.
Lytton Strachey (1880-1932)
“If this is dying, I don’t think much of it.”
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
“So, this is death. Well!”
Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953)
“I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room and died in a hotel room.”
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
“I can’t go on spoiling your life any longer. I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been.”
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
“But the peasants … how do the peasants die?”
James Joyce (1882-1941)
“Does nobody understand?”
Lady Mary Wortley Montague (1689-1762)
“It has all been most interesting.”
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
“Let us go in; the fog is rising.”
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
“Either this wallpaper goes or I do.”
When asked to renounce Satan, “Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.”
H. G. Wells (1866-1946)
“Go away… I’m alright.”
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
“I want nothing but death.”
Paul Claudel (1868-1955)
“Doctor, do you think it could have been the sausage?”
O. Henry (1862-1910)
“Turn up the lights, I don’t want to go home in the dark.”
Elizabeth Barret Browning (1806-1861)
“It is most beautiful.”
Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
“Take away those pillows, I shall need them no more.”
Terry Pratchett (1948-2015)
“AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.” Sent through Twitter from the prospective of Death.
What are your favorite literary last words?
Lit Lover’s Link Up
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