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Kurt Cobain – Nirvana (1967-1994)
It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”
Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977)
Towards the end of his life, at his last press conference, amongst the final words he said in public were: “I hope I haven’t bored you.”
Elvis took an overdose of drugs and he said to his fiancée “I’m going to the bathroom to read.”
John Lennon (1940-1980)
John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) – 6th President of the United States
“This, is the last of earth. I am content.”
Frank Sinatra died after saying, “I’m losing it.”
Buddha (AKA Siddhattha Gautama) circa 563BC – circa 483BC
“Work hard to gain your own salvation.”
He also said, “Behold, O monks, this is my advice to you. All component things in the world are changeable.”
George Orwell’s last written words were, “At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves.” He died at age 46.
Leonardo da Vinci was very modest. He said, “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”
Spike Milligan (1918-2005)
“I told you I was ill.” (Epitaph written on his tombstone)
Sir Winston Churchill’s last words were, “I’m bored with it all.”
As he was dying, Alfred Hitchcock said, “One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes.”
Stan Laurel (1890-1965)
“I’d rather be skiing.”
Groucho Marx’s final quip (witty remark) when he was dying was:
“This is no way to live!”
Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s last words before execution, after being taken prisoner:
“I know you are here to kill me. Shoot! You’re only going to kill a man!”
Johannes Brahms, German composer (1833 – 1897):
“Ah! That tastes nice! Thank you” after he had a small glass of wine.
Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina, (1881 – 1931):
“Get my swan costume ready.”
Dylan Thomas, poet, (1914 – 1953):
“I’ve had 18 straight whiskies. I think that’s the record…”
Karl Marx, German philosopher, (1818 – 1883):
When asked by his housekeeper what he wanted his final words to be, he said: “Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!”
What would you want your last words to be?
How would you like to be remembered?
If you could leave a ‘moral will’, what would be in it? – What advice would you like to pass on?
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Interesting idiomatic phrases
Put the cart before the horse – Reverse the accepted or logical order of things. – eat dessert before the main course or decide what to wear before you’ve been invited to the party.
‘upside down‘, ‘topsy-turvy‘ and ‘inside out‘.
Get off scot free – completely free from obligation, harm, or penalty
“The bank robbers got off scot free” – nothing to do with Scottish people. It comes from not paying taxes!
Take the Mickey – tease or make fun of (burlar) – Take the Mickey Bliss – Episode 105
NB. This expression has no connection with Mickey Mouse!
Back to square one – back to the beginning, start again
Over the moon – very happy or delighted
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