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Last words or final words are a person's final articulated words, stated prior to death or as death approaches. Last words may not necessarily be written down or accurately recorded, and they may not be quoted accurately for a variety of reasons.
Famous last wordsEdit
Famous last words include both the literal utterings such as the sayings of Jesus on the cross, from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar "Et tu, Brute?", and the ironical sense of words said before a disaster, such as:
- "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance!" General John Sedgwick at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House immediately before being killed by enemy fire.
- "Let all brave Prussians follow me!" Field Marshal Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin at the Battle of Prague, immediately before being hit in the head by a cannonball.
- "Don't worry about it ... look, the clip isn't even in it." Terry Kath of the band Chicago, just before putting a pistol to his temple and pulling the trigger.
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- Foote, Shelby (1974). The Civil War: A Narrative. 3: Red River to Appomattox. New York: Random House. p. 203. ISBN 0-394-74913-8.
- Percy, Sholto; Percy, Reuben (1856). The Percy Anecdotes. 5. New York City, NY: Harper & Brothers. p. 88.
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- Read, Michael (January 16, 2019). "What People Actually Say Before They Die. Insights into the little-studied realm of last words". The Atlantic.