For some unknown reason, I decided to google “famous last words.” Here are some from across the years that caught my eye.
In 1911, Jack Daniel asked for “one last drink, please.” Of course, he did.
In 1959, Errol Flynn said: “I’ve had a helluva lot of fun.” Just ask a few of the women he romanced.
In 2001, George Harrison asked the world to “Love One Another.” True Beatle sentimentality to the very end.
In 2013, Roger Ebert said he’d “see us at the movies.”
In 2015, Leonard Nemoy asked us to “Live long and prosper.” Really, what else could he say?
There’s something whimsical and unique about those quotes. They’re memorable. Theirs were lives well lived. Most had few, if any, regrets.
And here we are in 2021 and I’m concerned that many, many last words will simply be: “I wish I’d gotten that shot.”