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 1 Best Of, Wed, 15th Aug '12 2:17:12 AM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
Do you know any famous or interesting last words? Post them here.

I've got some:

Minä elän. (I live.) -Aleksis Kivi, national author of Finland.

You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you. -Alex the parrot.

I am not the least afraid to die. -Charles Darwin.

edited 15th Aug '12 11:07:41 AM by BestOf

I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
 2 Grimview, Wed, 15th Aug '12 2:20:45 AM from British Columbia
Catalytic
Not quite last words, but the last public announcement of Jack Layton.

Full text:

August 20, 2011

Toronto, Ontario

Dear Friends,

Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.

Unfortunately my treatment has not worked out as I hoped. So I am giving this letter to my partner Olivia to share with you in the circumstance in which I cannot continue.

I recommend that Hull-Aylmer MP Nycole Turmel continue her work as our interim leader until a permanent successor is elected.

I recommend the party hold a leadership vote as early as possible in the New Year, on approximately the same timelines as in 2003, so that our new leader has ample time to reconsolidate our team, renew our party and our program, and move forward towards the next election.

A few additional thoughts:

To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.

To the members of my party: we’ve done remarkable things together in the past eight years. It has been a privilege to lead the New Democratic Party and I am most grateful for your confidence, your support, and the endless hours of volunteer commitment you have devoted to our cause. There will be those who will try to persuade you to give up our cause. But that cause is much bigger than any one leader. Answer them by recommitting with energy and determination to our work. Remember our proud history of social justice, universal health care, public pensions and making sure no one is left behind. Let’s continue to move forward. Let’s demonstrate in everything we do in the four years before us that we are ready to serve our beloved Canada as its next government.

To the members of our parliamentary caucus: I have been privileged to work with each and every one of you. Our caucus meetings were always the highlight of my week. It has been my role to ask a great deal from you. And now I am going to do so again. Canadians will be closely watching you in the months to come. Colleagues, I know you will make the tens of thousands of members of our party proud of you by demonstrating the same seamless teamwork and solidarity that has earned us the confidence of millions of Canadians in the recent election.

To my fellow Quebecers: On May 2nd, you made an historic decision. You decided that the way to replace Canada’s Conservative federal government with something better was by working together in partnership with progressive-minded Canadians across the country. You made the right decision then; it is still the right decision today; and it will be the right decision right through to the next election, when we will succeed, together. You have elected a superb team of New Democrats to Parliament. They are going to be doing remarkable things in the years to come to make this country better for us all.

To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.

And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,

Jack Layton

I had to skim it instead of re-reading it, because it still makes my eyes water, nearly a year after I first read it.
"Lock up your girlfriends, lock up your wives, Grim's on the loose so run for your lives." - Pyrite
 3 Best Of, Wed, 15th Aug '12 2:30:35 AM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
That was beautiful.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
 4 Grimview, Wed, 15th Aug '12 9:13:21 AM from British Columbia
Catalytic
There's a reason this man inspired this website in preparation for next Wednesday.

He really is one of the greatest Canadians of this century.
"Lock up your girlfriends, lock up your wives, Grim's on the loose so run for your lives." - Pyrite
 5 Parable, Wed, 15th Aug '12 9:18:59 AM from California Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Many Faces
Probably not the last thing he said, but this is the end of the speech the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the night before he was assassinated.

Schrodinger's Goth: While inside the box, it is impossible to determine whether the Goth wishes she was never born, or wishes she was dead.
 6 Libris Dedita, Wed, 15th Aug '12 9:20:17 AM from A land of queues. Still. Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Vivé la cuddlevolution!
'Either that wallpaper goes or I do.' - Oscar Wilde.
"We are Libris. We will add your literary distinctiveness to our own. Collection is imminent. Resistance is futile." -Tuefel

PM box ope
Princess Ymir's knightess
"This is no time to make new enemies." (Asked on his deathbed to forswear Satan) - Voltaire

xD

 8 Mukora, Thu, 16th Aug '12 8:42:20 AM from a place Relationship Status: Love is an open door
 9 Ira The Squire, Thu, 16th Aug '12 11:05:34 PM from No idea. Measuring speed
Phyrexian Dalek
"Hey guys. Check this out!" -random drunk
 10 TParadox, Thu, 16th Aug '12 11:23:34 PM Relationship Status: Non-Canon
Don't be the penis.
"My god, I've been shot." John F. Kennedy.
Princess Ymir's knightess
"My only regret is that I have... Boneitis." Steve Castle alias That Guy

edited 16th Aug '12 11:41:12 PM by kay4today

 12 Best Of, Fri, 17th Aug '12 2:22:14 AM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
I wish Hitch had said something über-cool before he lost consciousness.

These words he said to an 8-year-old at a freethought convention seem to have been adopted as his "unofficial" last words:

I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
 13 Grimview, Fri, 17th Aug '12 2:27:37 AM from British Columbia
Catalytic
A few weeks before his death, but in one of his final public appearances, Carl Sagan said the following:

We live on a hunk of rock and metal that circles a humdrum star that is one of 400 billion other stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy which is one of billions of other galaxies which make up a universe which may be one of a very large number, perhaps an infinite number, of other universes. That is a perspective on human life and our culture that is well worth pondering.
"Lock up your girlfriends, lock up your wives, Grim's on the loose so run for your lives." - Pyrite
 14 Inverurie Jones, Sun, 19th Aug '12 3:00:33 AM from Station 78 Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
'Oh, shit...'

The last words recorded on just about every cockpit voice recorder recovered from any crash site, ever.
Winter is Coming

I don't always do stuff, but when I do, it's freakin' awesome.

 15 Jimmmyman 10, Sun, 19th Aug '12 6:20:05 AM from polan Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
cannot into space
Okay, so maybe these didn't actually happen, but they're still funny.

Go play Kentucky Route Zero. Now.
You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you. -Alex the parrot.

Awww... T_T
i seee youuuu
"Shoot, cowards, you are only going to kill a man!"

Che Guevara (I think).
YOU'LL PAY FOR THE WHOLE SEAT, BUT YOU'LL ONLY NEED THE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDGE!!!
 18 Best Of, Fri, 24th Aug '12 12:57:13 AM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
Yeah, that one's contested. There are differing accounts of what he actually said.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
 19 thespacephantom, Fri, 24th Aug '12 1:32:18 AM from penny dreadful memories
New York's Jojo
"Don't shoot, I am Che Guevara and I am worth more to you alive than dead!"

-Che Guevara

edited 24th Aug '12 1:32:25 AM by thespacephantom

Is that cake frosting?
Vile poltroon, you murder a dead man.

Francesco Ferrucci, the captain of the Florentine Army, to Fabrizio Maramaldo, an opponent of his who stabbed him with a sword (in order to get the glory of having defeated him) while he was mortally wounded and imprisoned already.

To this day, "maramaldo" means "uncouth villain" in Italian, as a result of this event.

edited 24th Aug '12 1:38:19 AM by Carciofus

But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

I'm an Irene!
"Ah...Ah, ah ah ah ah, ah.. wh... why am i dying... why is this flesh decaying....? Oh-h-h-h-h-h-h... I... Why... am I... dying... Life... I hated it... this... death.. peaceful... sl...... ...sleep......"

Mammon, Quest 64

And this is a game made for kids. Yep, E for Everyone.(then again, who actually gets to this point tongue)
 22 Question Marc, Fri, 24th Aug '12 5:44:36 AM from Down-town Canada Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Screw the King.
"Hold my beer!"

Famous last words.
ARYA! I'm telling you, I've looked that King right in his eye socket, and I've said- I've said it, I've said... yaaaaarp
Princess Ymir's knightess
[up] Redneck? xD

 24 Phoenixor, Fri, 24th Aug '12 6:41:50 AM from Scotland. Still.
Departed days ahead.
Robert Johnson, actually. I think, anyway. The beer was poisoned by the guy holding it.
I guess we could go... wherever we please.
 25 Question Marc, Fri, 24th Aug '12 6:55:01 AM from Down-town Canada Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Screw the King.
I was mostly referring to any drunk person ever who had a terrible idea.
ARYA! I'm telling you, I've looked that King right in his eye socket, and I've said- I've said it, I've said... yaaaaarp
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