When Sir Isaac Newton died, he said, “I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
Leonardo da Vinci, the genius behind the Mona Lisa, said, “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”
Humphrey Bogart told his wife, Lauren Bacall, on her way out of the house to pick up their children, “Goodbye, kid. Hurry back.” It’s not quite the line from Casablanca, “Here’s looking at you, kid,” but pretty close.
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.”
Sir Winston Churchill’s last words were, “I’m bored with it all.”
And according to Steve Jobs’ sister Mona, the Apple founder’s last words were, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”
In the Bible, we read of some heroes with very different “last words.”
Stephen said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,” and, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”
Paul (nearing the end of his life): “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”
Jesus: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit,” and, “It is finished.”
What will your last words be?
— Mike Wilson