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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.

8. Josef Stalin

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Stalin seemed to have a premonition of his coming death, as he sent his soldiers home to bed. Generally, he kept the night guard outside his room until he awoke.

10. Vespasian

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Vespasian, a Roman emperor, showed some wit as he was dying from what was believed to be dysentery. At death, emperors were deified — something he obviously wanted no part in.

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..."

17. Karl Marx

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After essentially codifying what socialism and communism are, Marx seems to think he had enough to say; ironically, his rebuttal of last words make for a very poignant final sentiment.

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