dying words



  • 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.
    Charles II (English monarch; 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 (actress; 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.
    Duncan, Isadora (dancer; 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!.
    Gwenn, Edmund (actor; 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' (actor): 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!