Last Words: A Dictionary of Deathbed Quotations

Last Words: A Dictionary of Deathbed Quotations


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Last Words: A Dictionary of Deathbed Quotations by C. Bernard Ruffin, Bernard Ruffin

The last words of the dying often provide insight into their feelings about life. Some are peaceful (“It is very beautiful over there”—Thomas Alva Edison); many are spiritual (“Don’t ask the Lord to keep me here. Ask him to have mercy”—Walker Percy); others are angry (“God-damn the whole frigging world and everybody in it—except you Carlotta”—W.C. Fields); still others reflect the weary fight against death (“I’m bored of it all”—Sir Winston Churchill).
Nearly 2,000 deathbed quotations from saints, popes, statesmen, scientists, soldiers, musicians, athletes, artists, entertainers, writers, criminals and others are included in this reference work. Each entry includes a brief biographical sketch of the person and sets the quotation in context. The sources for the quotes include biographies, newspaper and magazine accounts, and, in a few instances, firsthand accounts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786425525
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2006
Pages: 269
Sales rank: 891,743
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

C. Bernard Ruffin is a high school teacher and Lutheran minister. He lives in Reston, Virginia.

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