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Repost: Not-so-famous last words.

"You must pardon me, gentlemen, for being a most unconscionable time a-dying."
Who: Charles II, King of England, 1685

"Take a step forward lads - it'll be easier that way."
Who: Robert Erskine Childers, to his firing squad, Irish Civil War 1922

"In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts and in living color, you are going to see another first -- attempted suicide."
Who: 30-year-old anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck, who, on July 15, 1974 during a live newscast, said these words before producing a revolver and shooting herself in the head. While she drew the gun on camera, the technicians quickly cut the video feed, but the gunshot could be clearly heard. She was pronounced dead in hospital fourteen hours later.

"It's better to burn out than to fade away."
Who: Kurt Cobain, suicide note.

"More Weight."
Who: Giles Corey, while being slowly crushed to death under massive boulders during the Salem Witch Trials because he would not answer the court.

"Where is my clock?"
Who: Salvador Dalí.

"Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life."
Who: George Engel, anarchist, union activist, shouted before his execution at the gallows.

"I've had a hell of a lot of fun and I've enjoyed every minute of it."
Who: Errol Flynn.

"Kiss my ass."
Who: John Wayne Gacy, just before being executed by lethal injection.

"It's stopped."
Who: Joseph Henry Green, upon checking his own pulse.

"I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man."
Who: Che Guevara to his assassin.

"Everything is an illusion."
Who: Mata Hari, spoken to a visitor before she faced a firing squad. The words reflect the Eastern mysticism which had long fascinated her.

"Goodbye Bill. I die like a true blue rebel. Don't waste any time in mourning. Organize."
Who: Joe Hill, in a letter to Bill Haywood, leader of the Industrial Workers of the World, before he was led to his execution by firing squad. It should be noted, however, that after he heard the words of the executioner, "Ready... aim..." Hill shouted out his actual final word as a command: Fire!

"Don't worry…it's not loaded."
Who: Terry Kath, rock musician in the band Chicago, as he put the gun he was cleaning to his head and pulled the trigger. Though the gun had no magazine in it, Kath was unaware that a bullet was already in the chamber; he was killed instantly.

"The bastards got me, but they won't get everybody."
Who: Alexander Litvinenko, whistleblowing former Russian spy was poisoned with a radioactive isotope in a London sushi bar. Said in an interview on November 23, 2006, hours before his death. (The Times, November 24, 2006)

"Die, my dear? Why, that's the last thing I'll do!"
Who: Groucho Marx.

"Don't make a mess of it - shoot straight, you bastards."
Who: Harry Morant to his firing squad.

"Is it safe?"
Who: William Palmer, before stepping on the gallows trap.

"Adesso (or ora) vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano!"
Translation: "Now I will show you how an Italian dies!"
Who: Fabrizio Quattrocchi, Italian security officer taken hostage in Iraq early in the Iraq War. When his captors came to execute him he rose from his knees, refused to kneel back down, and said these words.

"Yes...A bullet-proof vest."
Who: James W. Rodgers, when asked if he has any last requests before facing a firing squad.

"I'd like to be in hell in time for dinner."
Who: Edward H. Ruloff, a convicted serial killer and last person to be executed by hanging in the State of New York.

"They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."
These were among the final words of General John Sedgwick, Union Commander in the U.S. Civil War, who was hit by sniper fire a few minutes after saying them, at the battle of Spotsylvania, on May 9, 1864.

"Dying is easy, comedy is hard."
Who: George Bernard Shaw on his death bed.

"Relax — This won't hurt."
Who: Hunter S. Thompson (the final sentence on his suicide note).

"The sadness will last forever."
Who: Vincent van Gogh, from his suicide note.

"I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have."
Who: Leonardo da Vinci.

Sauce: Wikiquote and Wikipedia.
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Epicurus quotes. More for my own good than yours but enjoy anyways.

Epicurus (Greek Έπίκουρος) (341 BCE, Samos – 270 BCE, Athens) was an ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by aponia, the absence of pain and fear, and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. He taught that pleasure and pain are the measures of what is good and bad, that death is the end of the body and the soul and should therefore not be feared, that the gods do not reward or punish humans, that the universe is infinite and eternal, and that events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and interactions of atoms moving in empty space.

Epicurus is famous for his simple four line philosophical argument against the existence of God or gods, The Problem of Evil:

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"

But many of his other quotes and philosophy on the meaning of life and answering questions about moral hedonism, pleasure, fear of divine retribution and death are more than notable.

Here are a few of his quotes that are right now kicking my ass in very real, practical ways. I am so glad I've come across these writings. Here are some I'm putting down here, more for my own reference than anything else.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not.

A happy and eternal being has no trouble himself and brings no trouble upon any other being; hence he is exempt from movements of anger and partiality, for every such movement implies weakness.

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably and justly without living pleasantly.

No pleasure is in itself evil, but the things which produce certain pleasures entail annoyances many times greater than the pleasures themselves.
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Time for a rare quote farm post.

Friedrich Nietzsche:

But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!

Without music, life would be a mistake.

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

Some are born posthumously.

"Faith" means not wanting to know what is true.

Here the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.

We have art in order not to die of the truth.

The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

You have evolved from worm to man, but much within you is still worm. Once you were apes, yet even now man is more of an ape than any of the apes.

I tell you: one must have chaos within oneself, to give birth to a dancing star.

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.


Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is God both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?

Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not.

No pleasure is itself a bad thing, but the things that produce some kinds of pleasure, bring along with them unpleasantness that is much greater than the pleasure itself.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

We begin every act of choice and avoidance from pleasure, and it is to pleasure that we return using our experience of pleasure as the criterion of every good thing.

Robert Ingersoll:

There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are only consequences.

Happiness is not a reward — it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment — it is a result.

An infinite God ought to be able to protect himself, without going in partnership with State Legislatures.

If the book the Bible and my brain are both the work of the same Infinite God, whose fault is it that the book and my brain do not agree?

Would God give a bird wings and make it a crime to fly? Would he give me brains and make it a crime to think? Any God that would damn one of his children for the expression of his honest thought wouldn't make a decent thief. When I read a book and don't believe it, I ought to say so. I will do so and take the consequences like a man.

Martyrdom, as a rule, establishes the sincerity of the martyr, — never the correctness of his thought.

Every library is an arsenal.

Richard Dawkins:

You've just said a very revealing thing. Are you telling me that the only reason you don't steal and rape and murder is that you're frightened of God?

Science is the poetry of reality.

Christopher Hitchens:

What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.

Exceptional claims require exceptional evidence.

Nothing proves the man-made character of religion as obviously as the sick mind that designed hell, unless it is the sorely limited mind that has failed to describe heaven-except as a place of either wordly comfort, eternal tedium, or (as Tertullian thought) continual relish in the torture of others.

Religion has run out of justifications.

Sam Harris:

By failing to live by the letter of the texts, while tolerating the irrationality of those who do, religious moderates betray faith and reason equally.
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Another memething, this one from authenticjoy.

Go here. Keep refreshing until you've collected five quotes that really resonate with you, then post them to your journal.

A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough.
Benjamin Franklin

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
Friedrich Nietzsche, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Chapter 29

Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man's?
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, Maxims and Arrows

Needless to say, I got distracted with Nietzsche quotes, so this doesn't really count.
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drinking quotes

I feel sorry for people who don't  drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.
Frank Sinatra
The problem with some people is that when they aren't  drunk,  they're sober.
William Butler Yeats
Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
Ernest Hemingway
You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.
Dean Martin
Reality:  an illusion that occurs due to lack of alcohol.
Beauty lies in the hands of the beer holder.

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a  beer.
Frank Zappa
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Benjamin Franklin

If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose.
Jack Handy, Deep Thoughts
Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with  pizza.
Dave Barry
The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind
Humphrey Bogart

Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.
Kaiser Wilhelm
I drink to make other people  interesting.
George Jean Nathan