The following Famous Last Words are mostly culled from Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable.
* Mahatma Gandhi – Hey Ram
* Cecil John Rhodes (British colonial administrator) – So little done, so much to do
* Mohammed – O’Allah! Pardon my sins. Yes, I come.
* Jane Austen (English writer, when asked what she required) – Nothing but death
* Cicero (to his assassins) – Strike
* Demonax (Greek philosopher) – You may go home, the show is over
* Queen Elizabeth I – All my possessions for a moment of time
* Beethoven (the deaf German composer) – I shall hear in heaven
* Julius Caesar – Et tu, Brute? (You too, Brutus?)
* Goethe (German poet) – Light, more light
* Hamlet (Shakespeare’s tragic-hero) – The rest is silence
* O.Henry (U.S. author) – Turn up the lights. I don’t want to go home in the dark.
* Nero (Roman emperor) – Qualis artifex pereo What an artist dies with me)
Infamous Last words NOT said and culled from SI’s febrile imagination:
* Jawaharlal Nehru – Edwina, here I cum!
* Morarji Desai (Indian Prime Minister) – No pills, get me my own Gangajal (the urine drinker asking for a spoon of his urine)
* Prabhakaran (Sri Lankan Tamil terrorist) – Intha nai aen piranthathu (why was this dog born)
* M.G.Ramachandran (film star and South Indian politician) – Sotha Kudhi (the paralyzed old man asking one of his followers to have a Soda)
* Indira Gandhi (Indian politician) – I buggered up the nation and these Sikhs buggered me.
* Sanjay Gandhi (Indian politician) – Oh, what a fall from grace (as his plane crashed to the death during an aerobatic stunt)
* Rajiv Gandhi (Indian politician) – Bofors. Bofors.
* Annadurai (South Indian politician) – Après moi, le déluge (After me, the deluge)
* Bhindranwale (Sikh terrorist) – Chutiya Mein (I am an useless fellow)
* Sivaji Ganesan (Tamil film actor) – Ponal pogattum poda (a famous line from his famous movie Palum Pazhamum)
* Akbar (Emperor) – There goes the Mughal dynasty
* Bhagat Singh (Indian freedom fighter) – Arre, why did I sacrifice my life for these chutiyas (idiots)
* Kishore Kumar (Bollywood singer) – Mere sapnon ki rani kab aayegi tu (a line from his famous song in Aaradhana)