Weird History Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death  

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Dying words of famous people seem to be a little bit more poetic than the typical dying utterances of the common folk. Whether they've got the money and influence to be afforded the time to gather their thoughts, or because they're just plain cooler than many of us, there exist some memorable dying words from some very famous people. 

Granted, in order to record someone's final words, there has to be some normality and/or convenience to the person's death; for the most part, you'll not find any of these famous historical figures on the list of bizarre deaths from the 19th or even the 20th century. These notable historical figures died in bed, or in battle, or were somehow able to get their dying thoughts across to someone for recording on a list of last words of famous people.

What are some of the most memorable last words from famous people? What are the best dying words ever recorded? Some of the most notable last words of historical figures are recorded here on this list of famous final words. Make sure to upvote your favorites!
Louis XIV of France is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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"Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal?"

Louis XIV, King of France

Louis XIV, known as Louis the Great or the Sun King, was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1643 until his death. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of any monarch of a major country in European history. Louis began his personal rule of France in 1661 after the death of his chief minister, the Italian Cardinal Mazarin. An adherent of the concept of the divine right of kings, which advocates the divine origin of monarchical rule, Louis continued his predecessors' work of creating a centralized state governed from the capital. He sought to eliminate the remnants of feudalism persisting in parts of France and, by compelling many members of the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 77 (1638-1715)

Birthplace: Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

Cause Of Death: Gangrene

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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"It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go."

George Washington, US President

George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the United States Constitution, which replaced the Articles of Confederation and remains the supreme law of the land. Washington was unanimously elected President by the electors in both the 1788–1789 and 1792 elections. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Profession: Surveyor, Politician, Soldier, Military Officer, Farmer, + more

Also Ranked

#34 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#1 on The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

#52 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#16 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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"I'm bored with it all."

Winston Churchill, statesman

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States. Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)

Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom

Profession: Statesman, Painter, Politician, Journalist, Orator, + more

Cause Of Death: Stroke

Credits: Young Winston, Churchill's People, The First World War, The Finest Hours

Also Ranked

#38 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#20 on If You Fought To The Death, Who Would You Want By Your Side?

#17 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#21 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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"Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."

Oscar Wilde, writer

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment. Wilde's parents were successful Anglo-Irish Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At university, Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)

Birthplace: Ireland, Ireland, Europe, Dublin

Profession: Poet, Journalist, Writer, Playwright

Cause Of Death: Meningitis

Credits: Dorian Gray, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Selfish Giant

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#11 on The Best Writers of All Time

#79 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#6 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

#74 on The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

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