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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Famous Last Words: Writers' Words Before They Died - Những câu nói nổi tiếng trước lúc lìa đời

Famous Last Words: Writers' Words Before They Died - Những câu nói của nhà văn trước lúc lìa đời

A writer's life revolves around always knowing what to say and how to say it. But in the face of death, you'd think fear, pain and pressure would trump eloquence when speaking their last words. However, in the true form of their craft, (most of) these writers combine both honesty and eloquence to produce some of the greatest (and weirdest!) last words spoken. Here's a list of our favorite last words!

Know of any writers whose last words really stand out? Let us know in the comments!

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 - November 28, 1859)
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Before suffering a fatal stroke in 1859, author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hallow" and "Rip Van Winkle" Washington Irving was preparing his bed for the night when he turned to his niece and said, "I have to set my pillows one more night; when will this end already?"

Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886)
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When the poet became too ill to leave her bed, Dickinson would write short notes to her family members in order to communicate. The last note she wrote read: "I must go in, the fog is rising."

Anton Chekhov (January, 29 1860- July 15, 1904)
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Moments after Chekhov told his wife that he was about to die, he picked up a glass of champagne and said, "It's a long time since I drank champagne." After finishing the glass, he laid down on his bed and died.

Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 - November 30, 1900)
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Immediately before dying of cerebral meningitis in 1900, Wilde stated "Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."

Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 - March 28, 1941)
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Before committing suicide after suffering a breakdown (of which she had many in her lifetime), Woolf penned a suicide note to her husband which read: "I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do ... I can't go on spoiling your life any longer. I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been. V"

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (March 6, 1806 - June 29, 1861)
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When her husband asked her how she felt, the writer replied, "Beautiful" before passing away.

Eugene O'Neill (October 16, 1888 - November 27, 1953)
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As O'Neill was dying at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston, he whispered the words: "I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room, and God damn it, died in a hotel room."

Jane Austen (December 16 1775 - July 18, 1817)
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When her sister, Cassandra, asked her if she wanted anything, Jane Austen replied by saying, "Nothing, but death." Soon afterwards, she passed away.

J.M. Barrie (May 9, 1860 - June 19, 1937)
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The "Peter Pan" author's last words were "I can't sleep," before dying of pneumonia on June 19, 1937.

Walter De La Mare (April 25, 1873 - June 22, 1956)
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Before dying of coronary thrombosis in 1956, Walter De La Mare stated that it was "Too late for fruit, too soon for flowers."

O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) (September 11, 1862 - June 5, 1910)
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William Sidney Porter, otherwise known as O. Henry, was quoted as saying "Turn up the lights, I don't want to go home in the dark" before passing away on June 5th, 1910 after a long battle with liver problems.

Franz Kafka (July 3, 1883 - June 3, 1924)
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Desperate to relieve the pain that the tuberculosis caused him, he pleaded his doctor for an overdose of morphine. In a fit of rage, he shouted, "Kill me, or else you are a murderer!" which were his last spoken words.

Thomas Hobbes (April 5, 1588 - December 4, 1679)
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Before dying of a stroke in 1679, Hobbes was said to have whispered, "I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark."

Charlotte Bronte (April 21, 1816 - March 31, 1855)
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Charlotte Bronte's last words were spoken to her husband of 9 months, to whom she said "Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy." She died with her husband by her side later that day.

Mark Twain (November 30, 1835 - April 21, 1910)
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A note found by Twain's deathbed read, "Death, the only immortal, who treats us alike, whose peace and refuge are for all. The soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved."

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