Do not go gentle into that good night,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953
Ace, Johnny, a R&B singer, died in 1954 while playing with a pistol during a break in his concert set. His last words were, “I’ll show you that it don’t shoot.”
Adams, John (1735-1826) “Thomas Jefferson–still survives…” (4 July 1826. Jefferson died on the same day.)
Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) “This is the last of earth! I am content.”
Addison, Joseph (1672-1719) “See in what peace a Christian can die.”
Allen, Ethan, American Revolutionary general, d. 1789 “Waiting are they? Waiting are they? Well–let ‘em wait.” In response to an attending doctor who attempted to comfort him by saying, “General, I fear the angels are waiting for you.”
Alex, d Sep 2007 of natural causes. A 31 year old parrot, the subject of a 30 year study into the intelligence of parrots, Alex had a 100 word vocabulary. His final words were, “You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you.”
Antoinette, Marie (1755-1793) Addressing her family in the crowd that had come to witness her execution, she said “Farewell, my children, forever. I go to your Father.” But then she stepped on her executioner’s foot on her way to the guillotine. Her last words: “Pardonnez-moi, monsieur.”
Astor, Lady Nancy (1879-1964) “Jakie, is it my birthday or am I dying?” (Seeing all her children assembled at her bedside in her last illness.)
Austen, Jane (1775-1817) “Nothing but death.” (When asked by her sister Cassandra if there was anything she wanted.)
Baer, Max (1909-1959) [American boxer, Heavyweight Champion 1934-5] “Oh God, here I go…”
Barrie, James M. (1860-1937) [Author of Peter Pan and other works] “I can’t sleep.”
Barrymore, John (1882-1942) “Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.”
Bass, Sam (1851-1878) [Texas Outlaw] “Let me go – The world is bobbing around me.” (Also reported as “The room is jumping up and down” and “The world is a bubble – trouble wherever you go”.)
Beamer, Todd (1968 – 2001) was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 when it was hijacked on September 11th 2001. He was accorded hero status in the USA when it was discovered that he had helped organize an attempt to regain control of the plane from the hijackers. His last audible words, overhead during a phone call, were: “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll.”
Beck, Martha ( -1951) [American murderess] “My story is a love story, but only those who are tortured by love can understand what I mean. I was pictured as a fat, unfeeling woman. True, I am fat, but if that is a crime, how many of my sex are guilty. I am not unfeeling, stupid or moronic. My last words and my last thoughts are: Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” (Before her execution.)
Beecher, Henry Ward (1813-1887) “Now comes the mystery.”
Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827) “Friends applaud, the comedy is over.” Though another version is that said “Pity, Pity – too late!”
Baseball player “Moe” Berg’s last words: “How did the Mets do today?”
Bevan, Aneurin (1897-1960) “I want to live because there are a few things I want to do.”
Bogart, Humphrey (1899-1957) He said, “Goodbye Kid. Hurry back”, to his wife Lauren Bacall. She left his hospital bedside briefly to pick up their children. He was comatose when she returned shortly afterwards and never regained consciousness.
Brown, James (1933-2006) “I’m going away tonight.” (Reported by his personal manager, Charles Bobbit, who said he was at Brown’s bedside when he died, and added that Brown said the statement above, then took three long, quiet breaths, and closed his eyes.)
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett (1806-1861) “Beautiful.” (When asked by her husband how she felt.)
Bouhours, Dominique [French grammarian] “I am about to–or I am going to–die; either expression is used.”
Burbank, Luther (1849-1926) “I don’t feel good.”
Byron, Lord (1788-1824) “Goodnight.”
Cavell, Edith Louisa (1865-1915) “Standing, as I do, in the view of God and eternity I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.” (To the chaplain who attended her before her execution by the Germans, 12 October 1915)
Caesar, Gaius Julius, Roman Emperor, assassinated 44 BC, “Et tu, Brute?”
Chaplin, Charles (1889-1977) When the priest who was attending him at his bedside said “May the Lord have mercy on your soul”, Chaplin is reported to have replied “Why Not? After all, it belongs to him.”
Charles I, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1600-1649) “Stay for the sign.” (After the English Civil War, Charles was tried for treason, convicted, and sentenced to death. His last words were spoken to the executioner, waiting to behead him. He asked if he might be given a moment to pray, and then, when he gave the sign, the ax could fall.)
Charles II, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1630-1685) “I have been a most unconscionable time dying, but I beg you to excuse it.”
Childers, Robert Erskins (1870-1922) (Irish Nationalist, executed by an Irish Free State firing squad) “Take a step forward, lads. It will be easier that way.”
Chubbock, Christine “And now, in keeping with Channel 40′s policy of always bringing you the latest in blood and guts, in living color, you’re about to see another first–an attempted suicide.” (just before she shot herself during a broadcast)
Churchill, Winston, said “Oh, I am so bored with it all” shortly before slipping into a coma. The British Prime Minister died nine days later, on Jan. 24, 1965, at the age of 90. Churchill had suffered a stroke 15 days earlier.
Claudel, Paul (1868-1955) “Doctor, do you think it could have been the sausage?”
Cleveland, Grover (1837-1908) “I have tried so hard to do the right.”
Capote, Truman lay dying. He kept repeated, “Mama— Mama— Mama.”
Costello, Lou (1906-1959) “That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted.”
Coward, Noel (1899-1973) “Goodnight my darlings, I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Coy, Bernard ( -1946) [American criminal] “It don’t matter; I figure I licked the Rock anyway.” (After he was shot down attempting to escape from Alcatraz Prison)
Crawford, Joan “Damn it. Don’t you dare ask God to help me.”
Crosby, Bing (1903-1977) “That was a great game of golf, fellers.”
Crowley, Francis “Two Gun” (1900-1931) (American bank robber and murderer, before his execution in the electric chair) “You sons of bitches. Give my love to Mother.”
Czolgosz, Leon (1873-1902) “I killed the president because he was the enemy of the good people, the good working people. I am not sorry for my crime.” (Before his execution for the assassination of William McKinley.)
Dali, Salvador, painter, “I do not believe in my death.”
Danton, Georges-Jacques (1759-1794) “Thou wilt show my head to the people; it is worth showing.” (To his executioner, 5 April 1794)
Darwin, Charles, d. April 19, 1882, “I am not the least afraid to die.”
Dean, James (1931-1955) Out for a ride in his beloved Porsche 550 Spyder (which he had nicknamed Little Bastard) with close friend and mechanic Rolf Wütherich, James reportedly said “That guy’s got to stop… He’ll see us.” Moments later, Dean died in a head-on collision while Wutherich survived.
Diana (Spencer), Princess of Wales, d. August 31, 1997, “My God. What’s happened?”
Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886) “… the fog is rising.”
Duncan, Isadora, “Adieu, mes amis. Je vais à la gloire.” (Farewell, my friends. I go to glory.)
Eastman, George (1854-1932) “My work is done, why wait?” (His suicide note.)
Edison, inventor, Thomas Alva, d. October 18, 1931 “It is very beautiful over there.”
Edward VII, King of Britain, d. 1910 “No, I shall not give in. I shall go on. I shall work to the end.”
Eliot, T.S., writer, was only able to whisper one word as he died: “Valerie,” the name of his wife.
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, d. 1603, “All my possessions for a moment of time.”
Emmett, Christopher Scott (1972-2008) “Tell my family and friends I love them, tell the governor he just lost my vote. Y’all hurry this along, I’m dying to get out of here.” (Just before his execution in Virginia)
Fillmore, Millard (1800-1874) “The nourishment is palatable.”
Fields, W.C., d. 1946. He last words: “God damn the whole fuckin’ world and everyone in it but you, Carlotta.” He was speaking to Carlotta Monti, his longtime mistress.
Flynn, Errol (1909-1959) “I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.” (Said shortly before his death.)
Fox, Charles James (1749-1806) “I die happy.”
Franklin, Benjamin lay dying at the age of 84. His daughter told him to change position in bed so he could breathe more easily. Franklin’s last words were, “A dying man can do nothing easy.”
Goldman, Charley ( -1970) [American boxing manager] “Only suckers get hit with right hands.”
Grasso, Thomas J. Before he was executed, the convicted murderer said “I did not get my Spaghetti-O’s; I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.”
Gussman, Charles, was a writer and TV announcer, who wrote the pilot episode of Days of Our Lives, among other shows. As he became ill, he said he wanted his last words to be memorable. When he daughter reminded him of this, he gently removed his oxygen mask and whispered: “And now for a final word from our sponsor—.”
Gwenn, Edmund (1875-1959) “It is. But not as hard as farce.” (On his deathbed, in reply to the comment `It must be very hard.’)
Heine, Heinrich (1797-1856) “Dieu me pardonnera. C’est son metier.” [God will pardon me. It is his trade.] (On his deathbed.)
Hemingway, Ernest, committed suicide, last thing he was known to say was, “Goodnight my kitten” to his wife Mary.
Hill, Joe (also Joel Emmanuel Hagglund or Joseph Hillstron) (1879 or 1882 to 1915) “Fire!!!!” (Just prior to his execution by firing squad in Utah)
Hitchcock, Alfred. As he was dying, said, “One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes.”
Hobbes, Thomas, writer, d. 1679, “I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.”
Bob Hope, ”Surprise me.” After his wife asked him where he wanted to be buried.
Housman, A. E. (1859-1936) “That is indeed very good. I shall have to repeat that on the Golden Floor!” (To his doctor, who told him a joke just before he died.)
Hugo, Victor, writer, d. May 22, 1885, “I see black light.”
Huss, John (c.1369-1415) “O sancta simplicitas! [O holy simplicity!]” (On noticing a peasant adding a faggot to the pile at his execution.)
Jackson, Thomas Jonathan `Stonewall’ (1824-1863) “Let us pass over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.” (He had been inadvertedly shot by his own men.)
Jarmen, Derek, an artist, writer, and filmmaker. His last words: “I want the world to be filled with white fluffy duckies.”
Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) “Is it the Fourth?” (4 July 1826)
Jolson, Al (1886-1950) “This is it. I’m going. I’m going.”
Kath, Terry Alan (1946-1978) [Founding member of the rock band Chicago] “Don’t worry, it’s not loaded.” Reportedly said to Don Johnson, while pointing a 9-mm semiautomatic pistol to his own head. The single bullet left in the chamber killed him instantly.)
Kelly, Ned (1854-1880) [Australian folk hero and outlaw and legend]. “I suppose it had to come to this. Such is life.” (As the hangman adjusted the hood to cover his face.)
Kennedy, Bobby to his wife Ethel after he was shot by Sirhan Sirhan, “Is everyone else all right?”
Keynes, John Maynard (1883-1946) “I wish I’d drunk more champagne.”
King, Martin Luther’s last words were to musician Ben Branch regarding the evening’s program,”Make sure you play ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’. Play it real pretty.” Moments later he was shot and never regained consciousness. Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson sang itt at King’s funeral in April 1968.
Lee, Robert Edward (1807-1870) “Strike the tent.”
Lehar, Franz (1870-1948) “Now I have finished with all earthly business, and high time too. Yes, yes, my dear child, now comes death.”
Lenin, Vladimir Ilych’s last words were, “Good dog.” (Technically, he said “Vot sobaka.”) He said this to a dog that brought him a dead bird.
Leary, Timothy, d. May 31, 1996, “Why not? Yeah.”
Leonard da Vince, artist, d. 1519, “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”
Lewis, Wyndham (1884-1957) “Mind your own business.” (When his nurse asked him about the state of his bowels on his deathbed.)
Lincoln, Abraham’s last words were to his wife. They were watching the play ‘Our American Cousin’ and his wife was worried about the couple next to them might think of their public display of affection (they were holding hands) “What will Miss Harris think of my hanging on to you so?” Lincoln replied “She won’t think anything about it.” And moments later he was assassinated.
Lombardi, Vince, football coach, died of cancer in 1970. As he died, Lombardi turned to his wife Marie and said, “Happy anniversary. I love you.”
Louise-Marie-Thérèse de Saint Maurice, Comtesse de Vercellis let one rip while she was dying. She said, “Good. A woman who can fart is not dead.”
Louis XIV (1638-1715) “Why are you weeping? Did you imagine that I was immortal?” (Noticing as he lay on his deathbed that his attendants were crying.)
Malcolm X (1925-1965) “Cool it, brothers…” (His last words before being assassinated.)
Marx, Karl (1818-1883) “Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.”
Mayer, Louis B., film producer, d. October 29, 1957, “Nothing matters. Nothing matters.”
McLain, James ( -1970) [American criminal] “Take lots of pictures! We are the revolutionaries!” (Before being killed by the police, as he tried to shoot his way to freedom at his trial.)
Mellon, Richard B. was a multimillionaire back in a time a million dollars was a lot of money. He was the President of Alcoa, and he and his brother Andrew had a little game of Tag going. The weird thing was, this game of Tag lasted for like seven decades. When Richard was on his deathbed, he called his brother over, touched him and whispered, “Last tag.” Poor Andrew remained “It” for four years, until he died.
Moran, Thomas B., was a pickpocket, known by the nickname “Butterfingers.” He reportedly stole as many as 50,000 wallets in his career. He died in Miami in 1971, and his last words were, “I’ve never forgiven that smart-alecky reporter who named me Butterfingers. To me, it’s not funny.”
Morant, Lt. Henry H. (“Breaker”)(b. Edwin Henry Murrant) (1864-1902) [Australian Anglo-Boer War soldier and poet] “Shoot straight, you bastards! Don’t make a mess of it!” (To the firing squad that executed him.)
Morgan, John Pierpont (1837-1913) “I’ve got to get to the top of the hill…”
Murrow, Edward R. when he was 57, died while patting his wife’s hand. He said, “Well, Jan, we were lucky at that.”
Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945) “But, but, mister Colonel…” (Before being executed.)
Napoleon, Napoleon, French Emperor, May 5, 1821 I (1769-1821) “Chief of the Army.” Though other reports are that he called out to his wife, “Josephine” before dying.
Nelson, Admiral Horatio (1758-1805), “Kiss Me, Hardy” (Thomas Hardy, the captain of HMS Victory, carried Nelson below decks after he had been hit, and this is what Hardy reported as Nelson’s last words; but Nelson is also reported to have later said “Thank God I have done my duty”; Nelson’s secretary, John Scott, recorded Nelson’s last words as “God and my country”. There is also speculation that what was recorded as “Kiss Me, Hardy”, might have been “Kismet, Hardy,” whatever that means. The most quoted however of what Nelson’s last words were: “Thank God, I have done my duty.”
Narvaez, Ramon Maria (1800-1868) “I do not have to forgive my enemies, I have had them all shot.” (Said on his deathbed, when asked by a priest if he forgave his enemies.)
Oates, Lawrence (1880-1912) “I am just going outside and may be some time.” (Before leaving the tent and vanishing into the blizzard on the ill-fated Antarctic expedition (1910-1912). Oates was afraid that his lameness would slow down the others.)
Olivier, Laurence (1907-1989) “This isn’t Hamlet, you know, it’s not meant to go into the bloody ear.” (To his nurse, who spilt water over him while trying to moisten his lips.)
Orwell, George’s last written words were, “At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves.” He died at age 46.
Palmerston, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount (1784-1865) “Die, my dear Doctor? That’s the last thing I shall do!”
Panzram, Carl, one of the USA’s worst serial killer, as he stood on the gallows: “Hurry up you Hooiser bastard. I could kill ten men while you’re fooling around.”
Pavlova, Ann, d. 1931, “Get my swan costume ready.”
Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973) “Drink to me.”
Poe, Edgar Allen, “Lord, help my poor soul.”
Polk, James K., US President, d. 1849, “I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.” Spoken to his wife.
Pope, Alexander, writer, d. May 30, 1744, “Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms.”
Porter, William Sidney (O.Henry), writer, d. June 4, 1910, “ Turn up the lights, I don’t want to go home in the dark.”
Presley, Elvis (1935-1977) “I hope I haven’t bored you.” (Concluding what would be his last press conference.) However his last words were to his girlfriend was “I’m going into the bathroom and read.” When she told him not to fall asleep there, “OK, I won’t.”
Raleigh, Sir Walter (1554-1618) “I have a long journey to take, and must bid the company farewell.”
Italian artist Raphael, Italian artist’s last word was simply: “Happy.”
Rameau, C Jean-Philippe, composer, objected to a song sung at his bedside. He said, “What the devil do you mean to sing to me, priest? You are out of tune.”
Rhodes, Cecil John (1853-1902) “So little done, so much to do.”
Rivera, Jenni, song writer, comments at her last interview. “The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up.” She died soon thereafter in a plane crash.
Rodgers, James W. ( -1960) [American criminal] “Why yes, a bulletproof vest!” (On his final request before the firing squad.)
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (1882-1945) “I have a terrific headache.”
Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919) “Put out the light.”
Rosenberg, Ethel (1918-1953) “We are the first victims of American fascism!” (Before her execution.)
Rosenberg, Julius (1918-1953) “We are innocent. That is the whole truth. To forsake this truth is to pay too high a price even for the priceless gift of life. For life thus purchased we could not live out in dignity.” (Before his execution.)
Runyon, Damon (1884-1946) “You can keep the things of bronze and stone and give me one man to remember me just once a year.”
Tim Russert, newscaster and pundit, while recording voiceovers for the Sunday edition of Meet the Press. “What’s happening?”
Saki (Hector Hugh Munro) (1870-1916) “Put that bloody cigarette out.” (Just before being killed by a sniper, 14 November 1916)
Sanders, George (1906-1972) “Dear World, I am leaving you because I am bored. I am leaving you with your worries. Good luck.” (His suicide note.)
Sanger, Margaret, birth control advocate last words were, “A party! Let’s have a party.”
Sedgwick, John (1813-1864) Soon before he was shot in the head, “Nonsense, they couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” (In response to a suggestion that he should not show himself over the parapet during the Battle of the Wilderness.)
Senna (Da Silva), Ayrton (1960-1994) [Formula One Race Driver] “The car seems OK…” [A few seconds later his steering column broke and he died when his car hit the wall.]
Seward, William Henry, architect of the Alaska Purchase, was asked if he had any final words. He replied, “Nothing, only ‘love one another.’”
Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950) “I want to sleep…”
Sinatra, Frank, died after saying, “I’m losing it.”
Smith, Adam (1723-1790) “I believe we should adjourn this meeting to another place.”
Smith, Bessie, blues singer, died saying, “I’m going, but I’m going in the name of the Lord.”
Stein, Gertrude (1874-1946) “Just before she [Stein] died she asked, `What is the answer?’ No answer came. She laughed and said, `In that case what is the question?’ Then she died.”
Stevenson, Adlai E. (1900-1965) “I feel faint.” (Before collapsing.)
Strachey, Lytton, (1180-1932) “If this is dying, then I don’t think much of itl”
Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862) (Discussion with his aunt on his deathbed)
`Have you made your peace with your God?’
`I never quarreled with my God.’
`But aren’t you concerned about the next world?’
`One world at a time.’
Thurber, James (1894-1961) “God bless… God damn.”
Tubman, Harriet Tubman was dying in 1913 and she gathered her family around. They sang together. Her last words were, “Swing low, sweet chariot.”
Valention, Rudolph, actor, d. August 23, 1926 “Don’t worry chief, it will be alright.”
Villa, Francisco `Pancho’ (1878-1923) “Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something.”
Voltaire (1694-1778) “This is no time to make new enemies.” (When asked on his deathbed to forswear Satan.)
Washington, George (1732-1799) “It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.” Another report is that his last words were “I am just going. Have me decently buried and do not let my body be put into the vault in less than three days after I am dead. Do you understand? ‘Tis well.”
Wayne, John died at age 72 in L.A. He turned to his wife and said, “Of course I know who you are. You’re my girl. I love you.”
Webster, Daniel (1782-1852) “I still live.”
Wittgenstein, Ludwig, (1889-1951) “Tell them I’ve had a wonderful life.”
Wells, Herbert George (1866-1946) “Go away… I’m allright.”
White, Barry, soul singer, “Leave me alone, I’m fine”
Wilde, Oscar (1854-1900) “Either this wallpaper goes, or I do!” [The authenticity of this quote is complicated by his deathbed conversion back to Catholicism and the fact that a priest was with him up to the very end. Another deathbed quotation is also attributed to him: he asked for Champagne to sip as he died, and as he sipped, he is reported to have said: "Alas, I am dying beyond my means."]
Wilson, Woodrow, d. 1924, “I am ready.”
Wolfgang von Goethe, Johann, “Mehr Licht!” (More light!)
Wright, Joseph, a linguist who edited the English Dialect Dictionary. His last word? “Dictionary.”
Ziegfeld, Florenz, showman, d. July 22, 1932 “Curtain! Fast music! Light! Ready for the last finale! Great! The show looks good, the show looks good!”
A hundred billion have been spoken and written. I’ve read some over the years. All say pretty much, person did this and that, and God speed. But the one that seems to get it the most right, I read earlier this month.
Entire obituary on Douglas Legler on 2 July 2015: “Doug Died.”
Not unlike one of the best summary on life: “Shit happens.”
Together they say all's to be said. “Shit happened and then Dough died.”
Eulogies of Note
Death is nothing at all. It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged .
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, some where very near, just round the comer.
All is well.
Henry Scott Holland
Do not stand by my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond’s glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awake in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
Do not stand by my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye
Epitaphs of Note
To follow thee is not my intent
Unless I know which way thou went
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
Quoth the Raven,
Edgar Allan Poe
I was Carolina born
And Carolina bred
And I here I lay -
I never met a man I didn’t like.
And the end of the fight is a tombstone white,
With the name of the late deceased;
And the epitaph drear: “A fool lies here,
Who tried to hustle the East.”
The Best is Yet to Come
The Greatest Blues Singer in the World
Will Never Stop Singing
Shed not for her the bitter tear
Nor give the heart to vain regret
Tis but the casket that lies here
The gem that filled it sparkles yet
TOMAS JIMOTEO CHINCHILLA
Rest in peace,
Now you are in Lord’s arms.
Lord, watch your wallet
Here Rests in
Known But to God
(Arlington National Cemetery; Virginia)
I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.
So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.
by Linda Ellis
Living a good life
And there’s something to brevity that helps capture the essence of good living.
Here’s what I think life’s all about…
Come up with your own list, but my bet’s it will be positive. Remember that when you are amind to be negative about a changing world playing out in front of you.
And where I have Dogs, maybe on your list it should be Golf, or Fishing, or Literature, or Cooking, or Cards, or Church, or Gardening, or Walking in the woods. To live a good life, men and women need to have their own private, selfish diversions. Something to give a life rich character and make it complete.
Where I have travel, pls remember the wise words of Mark Twain, "Travel is terminal to bigotry, prejudice and narrow-mindedness."
But most important, in your individual pursuit of happiness, always hold dear the things that make you laugh.
Because there is not a single shred of evidence that life should be taken seriously.
Though a lot of evidence that in life's circus, shit just natural happens during showtime.