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• Last updated: September 8, 2020

25 More Manly Last Words

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A few years ago, we highlighted the manly last words of 16 men. Since then, we’ve discovered many more intriguing, poignant, badass, or just plain virile utterances given right before a man stepped into the abyss of the great beyond. Today we highlight 25 more pre-death declarations.

Vintage Manfred Von Richthofen last words Kaputt.

The top ace pilot of WWI, the Red Baron uttered these words after being shot in the chest during aerial combat and roughly landing his plane in a field in France. Kaputt is German for broken, busted, finished.

Jan Van Speyk last words I'd rather be blown up!

A Dutch naval lieutenant fighting in the Belgian War of Independence, Speyk so despised his foe, that when a Belgian force stormed his ship and demanded he take down the Dutch flag, he threw a lighted cigar into a barrel of gunpowder rather than surrender. Before the barrel exploded and killed dozens of Belgians and almost his entire own crew, he yelled, “Dan liever de lucht in!” – “I’d rather be blown up!”

Edward Ahrens famous last words.

During the Battle of Guadalcanal, Private Ahrens was mortally wounded while single-handedly fighting back a group of Japanese soldiers attempting to infiltrate Allied lines. After his superior officer discovered Ahrens the next morning surrounded by dead Japanese troops, he whispered these words and died.

Augustus Caesar last words.

Grover Cleveland last words.

King Edward vii last words.

James Polk last words I love you Sarah.

Jack Daniel last words one last drink please.

Chief Sitting Bull last words.

When police, fearing Sitting Bull was going to lead his people off the reservation, came to arrest him, the Sioux of his village gathered in outrage. Sitting Bull gave this order to fight back to his friends, and was subsequently killed in the resulting skirmish.

John Adams last words Thomas Jefferson survives.

Jefferson and Adams, though they were sometimes political opponents, maintained a close friendship and correspondence over several decades. When Adams uttered these last words he had no idea his fellow founding father had died a few hours earlier that same 4th of July, 1826.

Alexander The Great last words to the strongest!.

In response to his generals asking the heir-less Alexander which one of them would get control of the empire.

Bernard Coy Alcatraz prisoner last words.

Coy, a convicted criminal, was shot while trying to escape Alcatraz prison (known as “The Rock”).

Crowfoot native american last words.

Joe Dimaggio last words finally get to see Marilyn.

Von Goethe last words more light.

Helio Gracie last words brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Gracie co-founded Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, or modern-day Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Alfred Hitchcock last words.

Thomas Hobbes last words.

Doc Holliday last words.

The gunfighter thought, and perhaps hoped, that he would die in a fight or “with his boots on.” He died in a hotel bed from tuberculosis. These last words were uttered after seeing his feet with boots off.

Thomas Iefferson last words.

Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a document he had largely written himself.

Michelangelo last words.

Mozart last words.

Fridtjof Nansen last words famous last words.

Nansen was a Norwegian explorer who reached a record northern latitude during his North Pole expedition.

Sir Walter Scott last words.

George Washington last words.

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