Death Bed Quotes
"I have a long journey to take, and must bid the company farewell."
Walter Raleigh (1554-1618), English explorer
"If this is dying, I don't think much of it."
Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), British writer
"Dear me, I believe I am becoming a god. An emperor ought at least to die on his feet."
Vespasian (9-79 AD), Roman emperor
"Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), British dramatist. As he lay dying in Paris
"I feel nothing, apart from a certain difficulty in continuing to exist."
Bernard de Fontenelle (1657-1757), French philosopher.
"Why are you weeping? Did you imagine that I was immortal?"
Louis XIV (1638-1715), Well known French king, as his servants cried for him.
"Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms."
Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet
"Why, I did not know we had quarreled."
Henry David Thoreau, when asked by his aunt if he had made his peace with God.
We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies it is the first law of nature.
"Turn up the lights, I don't want to go home in the dark."
O. Henry (William Sidney Porter 1862-1910), US story writer
"On the contrary!"
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Norwegian dramatist on a suggestion he was better,
"Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six."
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian author, comment on the the Russian Orthodox Church as he lay dying
"I'm so bored with it all."
"Too late for fruit, too soon for flowers."
Walter De La Mare (1873-1956), Response from the British poet when asked if he would like some fruit or flowers
"This is no time to make new enemies." - Voltaire, when asked on his deathbed to forswear Satan
"Si monumentum requiris, circumspice."
Sir Christopher Wren (1632 - 1723). In English: If you would see his monument look around. Inscription at St Paul's Cathedral, London
"Good friend for Jesus's sake forbear
To dig the dust enclosed here
Blest be the man that spares these stones
And cursed be he that moves my bones".
William Shakespeare's epitaph
- on his grave in Stratford upon Avon church.
"Where fierce indignation can no longer tear his heart"
Jonathan Swift's epitaph.
"Here lies one whose name was writ in water"
Robert Keats - Poet, his own epitaph.
"Here lies the body of Jonathan Ground
Who was lost at sea and never found"
Captain Underwood (drowned).
"I told you I was ill" - original Gaelic "Duirt me leat go raibh me breoite"
- Spike Milligan, comedianhttp://www.saidwhat.co.uk/quotes/deathbed/