Last words are a tricky business. Many famous ones have been misquoted, misattributed, distorted by rumor, or just plain made up. Even the most well-attested final utterances are ultimately dependent on the fallible memories of eyewitnesses, except in those rare cases where actual recorded audio and video survive.
All those caveats aside, there have been some reliably-reported cases in history when men and women in their last moments truly rose to the occasion, saying something so memorable that if we had read it in a novel or seen it in a movie, we might have considered it unrealistic. Here are a few such examples.