Addison, Joseph (playwright and essayist):See in what peace a Christian can die.
Alfieri, V. A. (playwright): Clasp my hand,dear friend, I am dying.
Bankhead, Tallulah (actress): Codeine ... bourbon ...
Barnum, P. T. (showman): How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?
Barrymore, John (actor): Die? ... No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.
Behan, Brendan (playwright; on having hispulse taken by a nursing nun): Bless you, Sister. May all your sonsbe bishops!
Byron, Lord (poet and playwright): I mustsleep now.
; referring tohis mistress the actress Nell Gwynn
) Do not, do not let poor Nellystarve.
Chekhov, Anton (playwright): It's been so long sinceI had champagne.
Cooper, dame Gladys
; on lookinginto her mirror): If this is what viral pneumonia does to one, I reallydon't think I shall bother to have it again.
Coward, Sir Noël (playwright): Goodnight, my darlings, I'll see you in the morning.
Diderot, Denis (playwright and critic): Thefirst step towards philosophy is incredulity.
; waving goodbye tofriends from her car shortly before her scarf caught the wheel andstrangled her): Adieu my friends, I go on to glory
Frohman, Charles (actor): Why fear death? It is themost beautiful adventure in life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von (playwright and poet):Light, more light!.
; on being asked if dying wasdifficult): It's tough, but not as tough as doing comedy
Hazlitt, William (critic): Well, I've hada happy life.
Ibsen, Henrik (playwright; on being toldby the nurse that he was feeling better): On the contrary!
Kean, Edmund (actor; quoting from Richard III):A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!
O'Neill, Eugene (playwright): Born in a hotel room - and God damn it - died in a hotel room.
Palmer, John (actor; a line in the last playin which he performed): There is another and a better world.
Quin, James 'Bellower'
): I could wishthis tragic scene
were over, but I hope to go through it with becomingdignity.
Saroyan, William (playwright): Everybodyhas got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be madein my case. Now what?
Scarron, Paul (playwright): Ah, my children,you cannot cry for me so much as I have made you laugh.
Schiller, Freidrich (playwright): Many thingsare growing plain and clear to my understanding.
Tasso, Torquato (poet and playwright): Lord,into Thy hands I commend my spirit.
Voltaire (writer): Do let me die in peace.
Wilde, Oscar (dramatist; contemplating theroom in Paris in which he lay): Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.
Ziegfeld, Florenz (showman): The show looks good, the show looks good!