Famous Last Words

Friday, November 2, 2007 | 3:00 p.m. CDT; updated 6:14 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Even simple words become profound when spoken at the brink of the sweet hereafter. Can you match these famous personalities with their parting words?

1. “I’ve had 18 straight whiskies; I think that’s the record.”

2. “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”

3. “Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.”

4. “Josephine ...”

5. “Et tu, Brute?”

6. “Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.”

7. “I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor.”

8. “You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everybody dances with the grim reaper.”

A. Karl Marx, revolutionary; died 1883

B. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer; died 1827

C. Dylan Thomas, poet; died 1953

D. Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor; died 1821

E. François Rabelais, writer; died 1553

F. Oscar Wilde, writer; died 1900

G. Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman emperor; assassinated 44 B.C.

H. Robert Alton Harris, career criminal and murderer; executed 1992


1,C; 2,F; 3,B; 4.D; 5,G; 6,A; 7,E; 8,H


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