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The Last Words Of 17 Historical Figures

Their words were as loud as their lives.

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4. Julius Caesar

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Caesar, who had taken on vast dictatorial powers in Rome, was eventually assassinated by a group of senators, including Caesar's friend Brutus. It is generally believed Caesar did not actually have last words, as he was too busy defending himself from being stabbed.

5. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Eisenhower's final words are actually part of a longer good-bye, delivered to his family, who were present. He said, "I've always loved my wife; I've always loved my children; I've always loved my grandchildren; I've always loved my country. I want to go; God take me."

7. Napoleon Bonaparte

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Napoleon's last words have long been overshadowed by conspiracies that the British slowly poisoned him to death before hiding away his body. Only now are these beliefs starting to be refuted.


14. Chief Sitting Bull

Chief Sitting Bull remained defiant of U.S. incursions and broken promises against the Lakota Sioux; he was the spiritual leader responsible for the defeat of General Custer. He was eventually arrested — and killed — when he refused to leave his home.

16. Archduke Franz Ferdinand

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Franz Ferdinand's complete last words, after he and his wife were shot by a Serbian assassin in Sarajevo, were: "Sophie! Sophie! Don't die! Live for our children..." followed by him uttering, "It is nothing... It is nothing..."