These Are the Most Defiant “Last Words” in History

  • May 04, 2016
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Who: John Henry Temple (1784 - 1865)

Words: “Die, my dear doctor, that's the last thing I shall do!” John Henry Temple was a British statesman of note, having continually held political offices for nearly sixty years. His final words are the ultimate example of British wit.


Who: Bill Hicks (1961- 1994)

Words: “I've said all I've had to say.” The controversial comedian was a harsh social critic with his jokes focusing on the faults of society at large and in America specifically. Despite his short life he still has an influence on comedians today, so maybe he was right in saying he'd said everything he needed to.


Who: Edmund Gwenn, Actor (1877 - 1959)

Words: “Yes, it's tough, but not as tough as doing comedy.” Another entry from the “go out with a laugh” file, Gwenn was asked if dying was tough. Despite the presumably pained state he was in (dying of pneumonia) he still managed to rattle off this line.


Who: Willem Arondeus (1894 - 1943)

Words: “Let it be known that homosexuals are not cowards.” Arondeus, an openly gay man and member of an anti-Nazi group, was executed after having destroyed a public record's office. He chose his final words not to assert his own bravery but to take a stand for all gay people living under Nazi rule.


Who: Giles Corey (1611 - 1692)

Words: “More weight.” When accused of being a “dreadful wizard” during the Salem witch trials Corey refused to enter a plea, preventing a trial from taking place. Authorities tried to literally crush a plea from him with large stones. He died after two days of pressing, only ever saying “more weight,” refusing to take part in the madness.