The last words a person says, be it a real person or a fictional character tend to leave an impression upon people. Some of these last words are repeated a long time after a person is not there anymore. Sometimes profound, sometimes every day, in this article you will find a collection of the last words spoken by fictional characters in famous books and plays.
“Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar!” spoken by Julius Caesar in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” This was the last line spoken by Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
“Life is so beautiful.” spoken by Vito Corleone, The Godfather by Mario Puzo. Fun Fact- Unlike the movie, crime-boss Corleone utters these last words in the original novel before suffering a heart attack while playing with his grandson.
“Well, good-by.” said Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
“O, I die, Horatio;
The potent poison quite o’er-crows my spirit:
I cannot live to hear the news from England;
But I do prophesy the election lights
On Fortinbras: he has my dying voice;
So tell him, with the occurrents, more and less,
Which have solicited. The rest is silence.” These were the last words that were spoken by Hamlet, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare.
“Oh dear, I hadn’t thought of that.” God said these words in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
“Towards thee, I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! THUS, I give up the spear!” Captain Ahab said these lines in Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
“Hullo, Frodo! Well, I have passed the Old Took today! So that’s settled. And now I think I am quite ready to go on another journey. Are you coming?” These were the last words of Bilbo Baggins, The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.
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