One of my favorite books that I have mentioned in this blog before is Famous Last Words, Fond Farewells, Deathed Distribes and Exclamations upon Expiration by Ray Robinson. It is literally a collection of the last deathbed utterances of famous people. Some are funny; some are poignant; some profane.
Here are some of my favorites--mostly poignant:
"I shall hear in heaven!" Ludwig Van Beethoven--he lost his hearing at age 31.
"Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub." Conrad Hilton--who began his hotel empire in Cisco, Texas.
"Get my swan costume ready." Anna Pavlova--world-famous ballerina acclaimed for her performances in Swan Lake.
"More light~" Johann Goethe--Light was used frequently as a metaphor in his drama Faust.
"Here (Washington) ruining people is considered sport." Vincent Foster, legal advisor to Bill Clinton who left this in his suicide note.