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1 What they said when they died. Funny, sober, pathetic & hopeful. Also the martyrs' last words!

2 Alexander the Great, "Give me my glasses." "Give me my glasses." "There are no more other worlds to conquer!" Mark Twain AMERICAN AUTHOR, : : conquered land ONLY from Macedonia to Pakistan, & died at the age of 33 with his boots on, weeping: "Doctor, do you think it could have been the sausage?" Paul Claudell French poet, playwright and diplomat French poet, playwright and diplomat

3 Sir Thomas More “The executioner is, I believe, very expert; and my neck is very slender” and later on the block "Oh God, have pity on my soul. Oh God, have pity on my soul." “See me safe up (onto the scaffold); for my coming down, let me shift for myself" Anne Boleyn Protestant wife of Henry the Eight. Before being decapitated on orders of her husband whom she never derided, she quipped: English Catholic statesman, beheaded in 1535 on orders of Henry the Eight, for his convictions, because he wouldn’t endorse Henry's divorce:

4 Hannibal Henry the Eighth King of England, d. 1547: When his turn came: "All is lost. Monks, monks, monks! So, now all is gone, Empire, Body & Soul!" Carthaginian general, often considered to be one of the greatest generals to have ever lived, who crossed the Alps on elephants, and almost conquered Rome. "Let us now relieve the Romans of their fears by the death of a feeble old man."

5 Voltaire James Dean : Jewish Hollywood’s tool to make “being cool” & “teenage rebellion” popular, thus artificially creating “the generation gap” that divided children from their parents, & destroyed the Western family unit, and ultimately that of the entire world! Shortly before his fatal car crash: "My fun days are over." French atheist/deist philosopher & writer "This is no time to make new enemies." (When asked on his deathbed to foreswear Satan.)

6 Henry Ward Beecher “Now comes the mystery.” EVANGELIST : Pancho Villa MEXICAN REBEL, ASSASSINATED BY HIS OWN ASSOCIATES, : His last words, while clutching a comrade after being shot: “Don't let it end like this, tell them I said something good." His last words, while clutching a comrade after being shot: “Don't let it end like this, tell them I said something good."

7 ROMAN EMPEROR 63 BC – 14 AD Cesar Augustus: "Did I play my role well? If so, then applause, because the comedy is finished!" The Scottish anatomist and obstetrician William Hunter ( ) Dr. William Hunter "If I had strength to hold a pen I would write down how easy and pleasant a thing it is to die."

8 "Edith, (his wife) I'm a broken machine, but I'm ready." Woodrow Wilson 28th PRESIDENT of the U.S.A., held office during WW1, , also asked God to forgive him for betraying his country to the international bankers by allowing their “Federal Reserve” central bank! Dwight D. Eisenhower 34th PRESIDENT of the U.S.A., , who after WW2 allowed the genocide of many millions of German soldiers and civilians in p.o.w camps! "I want to go; God take me."

9 Ludwig van Beethoven "Friends applaud, the comedy is finished." "Friends applaud, the comedy is finished." Composer, d. March 26, 1827 AMERICAN INVENTOR, : “It is very beautiful over there." Thomas Alva Edison

10 Heinrich Heine A great Skeptic later changed his attitude. In the postscript to his poem collection Romancero, he wrote: "When you are on your deathbed, you become more sensitive and you would like to make peace with God and the world. Poems, that only contained halfway reproaches against God, I delivered over to the flames in a fearful zeal. It is better, that the verses burn than the verse maker. I returned to God as a prodigal son, after I fed the swine with the Hegelians for a long time. In the theology I have to accuse myself of retreating, because I returned to a personal God." As he died: "God will forgive me. It's his job." Michelangelo Before dying he said, "I die for the faith of Jesus Christ, and in the firm hope of a better life." ITALIAN ARTIST, SCULPTOR, PAINTER, ARCHITECT AND POET,

11 Queen Victoria Queen Of England & Empress Of India, : To her husband Albert: "Oh, that peace might come. Bertie!” Benjamin Disraeli , British statesman. On his deathbed, declining an offer of a visit from Queen Victoria. "No, it is better not. She will only ask me to take a message to Albert."

12 "Severn - I - lift me up - I am dying - I shall die easy; don't be frightened - be firm, and thank God it has come."." John Keats ENGLISH POET, : Leo Tolstoy RUSSIAN NOVELIST & PHILOSOPHER, :Refusing to reconcile himself with the Russian Orthodox Church as he lay dying, he said "Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six.“

13 John Adams John Quincy Adams SIXTH PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A., SIXTH PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A., : 2 nd PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A., : "This is the last of earth! I am content." "Thomas Jefferson--still survives...." (Actually, Jefferson had died earlier that same day. See next page) "Thomas Jefferson--still survives...." (Actually, Jefferson had died earlier that same day. See next page)

14 Benjamin Franklin Thomas Jefferson 3rd PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A., "Is it the Fourth?" “A dying man can do nothing easy.” AMERICAN STATESMAN & INVENTOR,

15 GERMAN POET & SCIENTIST : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Come my little one, and give me your hand. Spoken to his daughter, Ottilie. English essayist, poet & man of letters Josef Addison "See in what peace a Christian can die.."

16 On the 6th of June, as Dr. Cabell, his physician, was weeping bitterly, the dying patriot asked the doctor to “observe how great a reality and benefit the Christian religion was to a man about to die." Patrick Henry AMERICAN PATRIOT, : Thomas A. Beckett “I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace.” Archbishop of Canterbury, d.1170, was martyred in the church

17 “Mathematics and dynamics fail us Lord Kelvin FOREMOST AMONG THE SMALL GROUP OF BRITISH SCIENTISTS WHO HELPED TO LAY THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN PHYSICS. 1824–1907 "I don't know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” Sir Isaac Newton GREATEST CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST

18 “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." Sir Winston Churchill , British prime minister who could have made peace with Germany that had no desire for war with Britain, contrary to public opinion, but he chose to make war for the Rothschild Bankers. Karl Marx Economist ( ), adept of Satanist Moses Hess & a protégé of international bankers, died surrounded by candles burning to Lucifer. To his housekeeper who asked him if he had any last words, "Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven't said enough."

19 SIGMUND FREUD PSYCHOLOGIST, FATHER OF PSYCHO ANALYSIS & the “art” of introspection: "Now it is nothing but torture." "Die, my dear doctor? That is the last thing I shall do." Prime Minister of England LORD PALMERSTON

20 Thomas Cranmer Archbishop of Canterbury ( ), ordered to publicly recant, repudiated his earlier recantations. Cranmer's last words at the stake were recorded as: "This is the hand that wrote it, and therefore shall it suffer first punishment," and ”I have sinned, in that I signed with my hand what I did not believe with my heart. When the flames are lit, this hand shall be the first to burn.", then he said: "I see Heaven open and Jesus on the right hand of God." ROBERT THE BRUCE King of Scotland, He eventually followed William Wallace’s example to fight & defeat the English. "Now, God be with you, my dear children. I have breakfasted with you and shall sup with my Lord Jesus Christ."

21 JOHN HUSS A Czech priest who became the leader of a reform religious movement. With his attacks on the church's wealth and corruption, he antagonized the archbishop and clergy of Prague. He was forbidden to preach and finally ex- communicated. Tricked by the Holy Roman Emperor, Sigismund, he attended a reform council, where he was arrested, condemned as a heretic and burned at the stake. "You are now going to burn a goose, (the Bohemian name of Huss signifying goose), but in a century you will have a swan whom you can neither roast nor boil.“ (Martin Luther!) "O sancta simplicitas! ["O holy simplicity!" On noticing a peasant adding a faggot to the pile at his execution.] PROF. THOMAS HUXLEY FAMOUS AGNOSTIC, As he lay dying he suddenly looked up at some sight invisible to mortal eyes, and staring awhile, whispered at last, "So it is true..."

22 Awakening from sleep shortly before he died said: "Earth recedes. Heaven opens before me. If this death, it is sweet! There is no valley here. God is calling me, and I must go." "No, no, Father," said Moody's son, "You are dreaming." "I am not dreaming," replied Moody. "I have been within the gates. I have seen the children's faces." His last words were, "This is my triumph; this is my coronation day! It is glorious!" “Now I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark." THOMAS HOBBES DWIGHT L. MOODY CHRISTIAN PREACHER, POLITICAL PHILOSOPHER AND ATHEIST,

23 William Wallace's last words before he was hung, disemboweled, drawn, and quartered before an angry London crowd, according to the popular movie by Mel Gibson, were: “FREEDOM!!!!" (To the chaplain who attended her before her execution by the Germans, 12 October 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." EDITH LOUISA CAVELL WILLIAM WALLACE SCOTTISH PATRIOT,”Braveheart” ENGLISH NURSE & VICTIM OF INTL. BANKERS WHO ORGANISED HER DEATH BY GERMAN EXECUTION

24 "I desire to go to Hell and not to Heaven. In the former I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, while in the latter are only beggars, monks and apostles" Burnt alive at Oxford in Then they brought a lighted fagot, and laid the same down at Ridley’s feet; upon which Latimer said calling out from the fire, “Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man. We shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.” (Foxe's Book of Martyrs) LATIMER & RIDLEY Niccolo Machiavelli FLORENTINE DIPLOMAT & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHER,

25 1 st Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. (Lk 23:34) 2 nd And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. (Lk 23:43) 3 rd When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! (John 19:26) 4 th And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Mk 15:34) 5 th After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. (Jn 19:28) 6 th When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (Jn 19:30) 7 th And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. (Lk 23:46) Jesus of Nazareth Son of God 4 BC?-30 AD)

26 HOW ABOUT YOU? If you haven’t yet met the Author of the greatest Book ever written & Creator of this life, you can know Him through His son Jesus Christ & receive His free gift of eternal life right now by praying this simple prayer: “Dear Jesus, I need you in my life. Please come into my heart, forgive all of my sins & give me your free gift of eternal life. I commit my life and all of my cares to you. Help me to grow close to you so that I can be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.” PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO OTHERS! For more powerpoints visit


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