“Thomas Jefferson--still survives...”
- John Adams, US President, 1835-1826
(Actually, Jefferson had died earlier that same day.)
“This is the last of earth! I am content.”
- John Quincy Adams, US President, 1767-1848
"See in what peace a Christian can die."
- Joseph Addison, writer, 1762 - 1719
'Is it not meningitis?'
- Louisa M. Alcott, writer, 1832-1888
"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."
- Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary general, 17381789
"Am I dying or is this my birthday?"
When she woke briefly during her last illness and found all her family around her bedside.
- Lady Nancy Astor, 1879-1964
"Nothing, but death."
When asked by her sister, Cassandra, if there was anything she wanted.
- Jane Austen, writer, 1775-1817
"Codeine . . . bourbon."
- Tallulah Bankhead, actress, 1902-1968
"How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?"
- P. T. Barnum, entrepreneur, 1810-1891
'I can't sleep.'
- James M. Barrie, author, 1860-1937
"Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I'm happy."
- Ethel Barrymore, actress, 1879-1959
"Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him."
- John Barrymore, actor, 1882-1942
"I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace."
- Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1118-170