(from the Art of Manliness, a selection)
Most of us do not know exactly when the switch will be thrown. Because of this lack of knowledge, planning for a memorable verbiage is probably a pointless endeavor.
In spite of this, it seems many famous (or infamous) figures in history were able to say something memorable.
People have always been intrigued by the last words of others. What did a man use his final breaths to utter? Were they scared as they glimpsed the great beyond, or did they brace up and stoically accept — heck, even welcome — what was coming?
Over the years we’ve compiled a couple collections of last words. We’ve not only combined those articles, but added even more entries to give you this ultimate collection of manly last words. From intriguing to poignant, badass to just plain virile, these words and phrases offer a man the chance to contemplate what he’d say himself right before taking his last mortal breath.
During the Battle of Guadalcanal, Private Ahrens was mortally wounded while single-handedly fighting back a group of Japanese soldiers attempting to infiltrate Allied lines. After his superior officer discovered Ahrens the next morning surrounded by dead Japanese troops, he whispered these words and died.
No, I’ve no plans on leaving just yet. This most recent blood clot scare (NOT a blood clot) did get me to thinking, however. And The Art of Manliness coincidentally provided me with these and some other final thoughts.
You might go and enjoy (?) them.
PS – My friend Kevin Baker of The Smallest Minority is currently battling a DVT blood clot! Please keep a good thought for him!