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Famous Last Words Of 19 Historical Greats

115 years ago today, writer Oscar Wilde died in his shabby Paris hotel room after reportedly joking, “This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do,” a fitting end for an exuberant personality. While most of our last words are likely to remain unrecorded, many historical figures’ final bon mots eventually find their way to our ears and can teach us a thing or two about going out in fashion. Grand, wise, poetic, witty, or poignant, here are 19 parting words from famous people who welcomed or defied death in style, proving that great minds often remain so until the end:

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Coco Chanel Last Words

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Emily Dickinson Last Words

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Humphrey Bogart Last Words

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Pablo Picasso Last Words

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Karl Marx

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Alfred Hitchcock Last Words

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Vladimir Nabokov Last Words

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning Last Words

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Anton Chekhov Last Words

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Anna Pavlova Last Words

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Dominique Bouhours Last Words

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Emperor Caligula Last Words

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James Brown Last Words

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Jane Austen

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Joseph Henry Green Last Words

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King George V Last Words

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Queen Elizabeth I Last Words

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Sir Isaac Newton Last Words

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The 21st global conference to address climate change is happening in Paris, but the negotiations have not changed much in the past. Image Source: Wikipedia

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Enos, the first chimpanzee to orbit the Earth, strapped into his flight seat. Image Source: Enos NASA Chimp – Pics about space

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