Rabelais is credited with 4 alternate sets of last words. This quotation is cited in Laura Ward's Famous Last Words.
On the contrary.
'...he'd been sick for a while and his nurse said to him, 'You seem to be feeling better this morning,' and Ibsen looked at her and said, 'On the contrary,' and then he died''
'Those were his last words. Someone said, 'Mr. President, you can't say Dallas doesn't love you,' and then he said, That's obvious,' and then he got shot.'
Damn it. How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!
Pudge reads this straight from Alaska's copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's The General in His Labyrinth.
The truth is . . . I care a great deal . . . what they . . .
mentioned parenthetically after Tolstoy's biography falls off Pudge's bookshelf following a shouting match and subsequent door slam between the Colonel and his girlfriend, Sara.
The nourishment is palatable.
Quoted by Pudge as a challenge for truce by Weekend Warrior Kevin. 'His doctor was trying to starve his fever or whatever. Fillmore wouldn't shut up about wanting to eat, though, so finally the doctor gave him a tiny teaspoon of soup. And all sarcastic, Fillmore said, 'The nourishment is palatable,' and then died. No truce.'
Yes, I fear seriously.
In response when asked if he was injured. (riddled off by Pudge as he recounts his American history's coverage of The Civil War)
Strike the tent!
'Many years after the war, in a dying delirium' (riddled off by Pudge as he recounts his American history's coverage of The Civil War)
'I was mulling over why the Confederate generals had better last words than the Union ones.' (riddled off by Pudge as he recounts his American history's coverage of The Civil War)
We're all going.
'He lived for several days after he was shot, and toward the end, his wife started crying and screaming, 'I want to go, too! I want to go, too!' And with his last measure of strength, McKinley turned to her and spoke his last words: 'We're all going.' '
Shoot, coward. You are only going to kill a man.
Captured by the Bolivian army, Guevara said, . . . South American revolutionaries, it would seem, died with flair.'
They couldn't hit an elephant from this dis--
Pudge uses this quote to explain to Lara why he likes last words. 'Sometimes, just because they're funny.'
Lord help my poor soul.
Another parenthetical, as Pudge is scanning Alaska's bookshelf.
Now comes the mystery.
A nineteenth-century preacher. (riddled off in a large group as Pudge pontificates.)
I've had eighteen straight whiskeys. I do believe that's a record.
Poet, 'who liked a good drink at least as much as Alaska.'(riddled off in a large group as Pudge pontificates.)
Born in a hotel room, and--God damn it--died in a hotel room.
Alaska's favorite playwright (riddled off in a large group as Pudge pontificates.)
Oh God. What's happened?
'Even car-accident victims sometimes have time for last words. (riddled off in a large group as Pudge pontificates.)
They've got to see us.
'...just before slamming his Porsche into another car. (riddled off in a large group as Pudge pontificates.)
I am not a coward, but I am so strong. So hard to die.
'I don't doubt that it is, but it cannot be much harder than being left behind.'
It's very beautiful over there.
'I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.'
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