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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: Died at 77 (1638-1715)

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

Cause Of Death: Gangrene

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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"Friends applaud, the comedy is over."

Ludwig van Beethoven, composer

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets. He also composed other chamber music, choral works, and songs. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by Christian Gottlob Neefe. During his first 22 years in Bonn, Beethoven ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 57 (1770-1827)

Birthplace: Bonn, Germany

Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Lyricist, Composer, + more

Credits: Django Unchained, A Clockwork Orange, The King's Speech, The Pianist

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#17 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#51 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#32 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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

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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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"I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis."

Humphrey Bogart, actor

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was an American screen actor whose performances in such iconic 1940s films noir as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep, earned him the legacy of cultural icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema. Over his career he received three Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, winning one. Bogart began acting in 1921 after a hitch in the U.S. Navy in World War I and little success in various jobs in finance and the production side of the theater. Gradually he became a regular in Broadway shows in the 1920s and 1930s. When the stock market crash of 1929 reduced the demand for plays, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 58 (1899-1957)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Actor

Cause Of Death: Esophageal cancer, Cancer of the larynx

Credits: Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Big Sleep

Also Ranked

#13 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#18 on The Best Actors in Film History

#12 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#16 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 4 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 during the American Revolutionary War, 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. He oversaw the creation of a strong, well-financed national government that maintained neutrality in the French Revolutionary Wars, suppressed the Whiskey Rebellion, and won acceptance among Americans of all types. Washington ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 67 (1732-1799)

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

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

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#34 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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

#16 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#1 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

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