My favorite famous last words

From this page on WikiPedia loosely categorized by me:

Toughest

  • “No! I didn’t come here to make a speech. I came here to die.”
    Who: Crawford Goldsby, aka Cherokee Bill, when asked if he had anything to say before he was hanged.
  • “Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? ‘French Fries’!”
    Who: James French (No relation to your humble blogger).
    Notes: French, a convicted murderer, was sentenced to the electric chair. He shouted these words to members of the press who were to witness his execution.

Ironic

  • “That’s very obvious..”
    Who: John F. Kennedy, responding to Mrs. Connolly’s comment, “Mr. President, you can’t say that Dallas doesn’t love you.”
  • “I think I’m going to make it!”
    Who: Richard Loeb, half of the famous murderers Leopold and Loeb; said after being slashed ninety times with a razor by a fellow inmate

Funniest

  • “Why yes, A bulletproof vest”
    Who: Domonic Willard
    Notes: Willard was a small time foot soldier during the Prohibition just before his death by firing squad, he was asked if he had any last requests.
  • “Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something.”
    Who: Francisco (“Pancho”) Villa
  • “Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.”
    Who: Voltaire (attributed), when asked by a priest to renounce Satan

Deadpan

  • “Already?”
    Who: Hangquin Zhou
  • “It’s stopped.”
    Who: Joseph Henry Green, upon checking his own pulse.

Succinct & True

  • “To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?”
    Who: George Eastman, Inventor (in his suicide note)

Odd and Worth Mentioning

  • “I see black light.”
    Who: Victor Hugo

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