Once upon a time at the Frederic library, a group of people who met regularly over coffee were discussing the reported last words of Voltaire. The discussion soon wandered into the last words of other famous people. Several of us could think of comments made by some well-known people on their death beds. Many of these comments are very interesting; perhaps because you don’t think anyone is going to lie when they only have a few minutes to live. Or perhaps, we are fascinated because of some irony that these last words provide.
Voltaire is alleged to have refused to repent his sins because “He did not want to make any more enemies before he died.” He was referring to the fact that Satan would be upset if he now recanted on his lack of belief in religion or Christianity. Socrates last words were: “Crito, we owe a rooster to…
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