Lux Thinking Aloud
What Would You Say? (Famous Last Words)12:53 AM
What do you think would you say? What would your famous last words be?We might not know as it might come in the least expected way or time (knock on wood, I hope it won't).
I was reading Looking for Alaska and the lead character has a fascination for historical people's famous last words. He's memorized most of them from the most profound to the most ridiculous.
It got me thinking. What would I say if my time comes given that it's not sudden?
What will my famous last words be?
I want to be faithful and say things like:
(a) Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. (Jesus' last words, Luke 23:46)
(b) Thank you God for the gift of life. I'm offering it back to you.
(c) Lord, take me home. I'm ready.
(d) Jesus, I am Yours in life. I am Yours in death.
I want to be romantic and promise:
(a) I will wait for you in life after death.
(b) I'll love you beyond forever.
(c) Our love will never perish.
(d) I'm yours up to my last breath. Even after then.
Or maybe just ask forgiveness from the people I've hurt and assure those who have hurt me that I've forgiven them.
Or tell my loved ones that I really love them with a love as imperfect but as real as mine.
Would I be really able to say these? Would I be even able to say a proper goodbye.
I might just say, "Look out!" or curse for all I know.
I remember my friend who passed away last year. Our last conversation was me asking her about her Facebook post and her telling me "I'll tell you when we see each other next time you come home."
Well, that never happened as she succumbed to cancer before I could even book a ticket home.
In case I got you thinking (like that book got me writing this), here are some famous last words from historical/famous people I gathered.
Famous Last Words
Nothing, but death.
-Jane Austen when asked by her sister, Cassandra, if there was anything she wanted.
Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I'm happy.
Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.
-Ludwig van Beethoven
I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning in reply to her husband who had asked how she felt.
I am still alive!
-Roman Emperor Gaius Caligula, stabbed to death by his own guards.
I am not the least afraid to die.
I must go in, the fog is rising.
Come my little one, and give me your hand.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, spoken to his daughter, Ottilie.
Turn up the lights, I don't want to go home in the dark.-O. Henry
Put out the light.
Oh, do not cry - be good children and we will all meet in heaven.-Andrew Jackson, US President
Is it the Fourth?
-Thomas Jefferson, US President
Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal?
Get my swan costume ready.
-ballerina Anna Pavlova
Lord, help my poor soul.
-Edgar Allan Poe
I love you, Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.-James K. Polk, US President talking to his wife.
They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist. . . .
-General John Sedgwick, killed in battle during US Civil War.
I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.
-Leonardo da Vinci (this got me saying, "Oh, come on!)
Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.
Let me go to the house of the Father.
-Pope John Paul II
Curtain! Fast music! Light! Ready for the last finale! Great!
The show looks good, the show looks good!
-showman Florenz Ziegfeld
I die hard but am not afraid to go.
Given the chance to bid a proper farewell, what would you say? Share your famous last words to me.
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