The grisly thought about a deathbed might be quite unnerving for anyone, but not for these famous people. Knowing the last words that someone spoke can sometimes throw light on their character or on the circumstances in which they died. You can't help but feel that some of the last quotes by famous people on this list encapsulate their personas. From the ever level-headed Winston Churchill, who declared in his final moments that he's 'so bored with it all' to the last wish from John Belushi to not be left alone. These famous last words can sometimes be ironically funny, and other times - eloquent and truly deep.

This list was compiled by Imgur user howsthepeeping. Do you know of any last words and inspirational quotes that belong on this list? We'd love to have them in this list, though we ask our readers to please keep both their comments and their submissions respectful of these people's memories.

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#1

Todd Beamer Was A Passenger On United Flight 93, September 11, 2001. These Are His Last Recorded Words At The End Of A Cell Phone Call Before Beamer And Others Attempted To Storm The Airliner's Cockpit To Retake It From Hijackers. The Plane Crashed Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania

Todd Beamer Was A Passenger On United Flight 93, September 11, 2001. These Are His Last Recorded Words At The End Of A Cell Phone Call Before Beamer And Others Attempted To Storm The Airliner's Cockpit To Retake It From Hijackers. The Plane Crashed Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania

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KatieCantrell
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This should definitely be #1. True definition of a hero.

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#2

Jimi Hendrix Wrote This In A Poem Found Next To Him On His Deathbed. This Was The Final Sentence In The Poem

Jimi Hendrix Wrote This In A Poem Found Next To Him On His Deathbed. This Was The Final Sentence In The Poem

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CupcakeQueen
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't really understand this, but kinda cool for somebody's last words!

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#3

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

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#4

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

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#6

Charlie Chaplin Said This After A Priest Reading Him His Last Rites Said "May The Lord Have Mercy On Your Soul"

Charlie Chaplin Said This After A Priest Reading Him His Last Rites Said "May The Lord Have Mercy On Your Soul"

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#7

Leonard Nimoy's Final Public Words, Sent In The Form Of A Tweet

Leonard Nimoy's Final Public Words, Sent In The Form Of A Tweet

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RJazz909
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*Cry* "Live long and prosper, Mr. Spock." *Bawls eyes out*

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#8

Karl Marx's Response When Asked By His Housekeeper What His Last Words Were

Karl Marx's Response When Asked By His Housekeeper What His Last Words Were

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SamLibert
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ironically, some pretty good last words.

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#9

Jack Daniel

Jack Daniel

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SusannaVesna
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No surprises there! Thank you for what you have created!

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#10

T.S. Eliot Was Only Able To Whisper One Word As He Died: “Valerie,” The Name Of His Wife

T.S. Eliot Was Only Able To Whisper One Word As He Died: “Valerie,” The Name Of His Wife

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Baked_Potato
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I got tears in my eyes as I read this. Valerie. Heart wrenching.

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#11

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

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#12

Joe Dimaggio Talking About His Former Wife, Marilyn Monroe

Joe Dimaggio Talking About His Former Wife, Marilyn Monroe

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#13

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

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#14

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Died At Age 71 In His Garden. He Turned To His Wife And Said, “You Are Wonderful,” Then Clutched His Chest And Died

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Died At Age 71 In His Garden. He Turned To His Wife And Said, “You Are Wonderful,” Then Clutched His Chest And Died

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PandaBear
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

he will always be the number one. bless his soul. I love him

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#15

George Harrison

George Harrison

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#18

Ernest Hemingway Said This To His Wife Before Committing Suicide

Ernest Hemingway Said This To His Wife Before Committing Suicide

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MilicaSvetlinka
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

those who commit suicide are both very brave and cowards....can you imagine being so afraid of life and what it brings,but being brave enough to pain your body for you to travell to unknown...suicide is a paradox

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R. D. Laing Suffered A Fatal Heart Attack In Public, And As People Gathered Around The Spot, Someone Said "Get A Doctor"

R. D. Laing Suffered A Fatal Heart Attack In Public, And As People Gathered Around The Spot, Someone Said "Get A Doctor"

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#20

John Jacob Astor IV And His Wife Were Travelling On The Titanic When It Struck An Iceberg And Began To Sink. Astor Gave Up His Seat Next To His Wife To Some Female Passengers And Spoke His Final Words To His Wife; He Was Later Found Floating In The Ocean, Dead

John Jacob Astor IV And His Wife Were Travelling On The Titanic When It Struck An Iceberg And Began To Sink. Astor Gave Up His Seat Next To His Wife To Some Female Passengers And Spoke His Final Words To His Wife; He Was Later Found Floating In The Ocean, Dead

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#21

Olavo Bilac

Olavo Bilac

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CupcakeQueen
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How did he die? Apparently he didn't know he was dying!

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#22

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

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#23

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

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SergeChe
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Ich sterbe!" ("I'm dying!") - Chekhov said, and drank a glass of champagne served to him to the bottom.

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#24

Kurt Cobain Quoted Neil Young Lyrics When He Wrote This Line In His Suicide Note

Kurt Cobain Quoted Neil Young Lyrics When He Wrote This Line In His Suicide Note

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#25

Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx

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#26

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

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HannahRoberts
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He really missed an opportunity to say, " Lord help my Poe soul."

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#28

Nostradamus

Nostradamus

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#29

Marie Antoinette Said This As She Approached The Guillotine, Convicted Of Treason And About To Be Beheaded

Marie Antoinette Said This As She Approached The Guillotine, Convicted Of Treason And About To Be Beheaded

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CatAstrophied
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because she stepped on the executioner's foot, not because she believed herself guilty of real wrong doing.

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#30

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett

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AstridCoxon
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh sh**ing hell, crying in the office again. Thanks a lot.

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#31

Winston Churchill Said This Before Slipping Into A Coma And Dying Nine Days Later

Winston Churchill Said This Before Slipping Into A Coma And Dying Nine Days Later

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PiersRegan
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I heard that he said, "I am now ready to meet my maker, whether or not my maker is prepared to meet me is another story."

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#32

Elvis Presley Was On The Way To The Bathroom When His Fiancée Told Him: "Don't Fall Asleep In There"

Elvis Presley Was On The Way To The Bathroom When His Fiancée Told Him: "Don't Fall Asleep In There"

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#33

John Belushi

John Belushi

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Kelly Smith
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He was talking to Miss Smith who put the last needle in his arm and then left. He was alone. :(

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#34

Captain Edward Smith Was Heard Saying This Before Returning To The Bridge Of The Titanic Alone. The Ship Took Took Its Final Plunge Moments Later

Captain Edward Smith Was Heard Saying This Before Returning To The Bridge Of The Titanic Alone. The Ship Took Took Its Final Plunge Moments Later

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CupcakeQueen
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate the ones spoken before disasters! :',-(

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#35

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

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#36

Alfred Jarry

Alfred Jarry

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CupcakeQueen
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've heard of this before, just wondering who had said it!

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#37

Princess Diana

Princess Diana

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Chris Miilu
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A paparazzi said he heard her say "Oh my God, it hurts". That sounds right.

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#39

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

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PatrickPetersen
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

His comment when he saw the afterlife had to be stable.. It only used Linux..

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#40

Carmen Ellis Said This To Jose Cruz, Her Mother's Boyfriend Who Was Sentenced To 75 Years In Prison For Killing Her

Carmen Ellis Said This To Jose Cruz, Her Mother's Boyfriend Who Was Sentenced To 75 Years In Prison For Killing Her

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CilieMarkussen
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poor girl... She was only 3... She didn't deserve such a cruel stepfather, and he certainly never deserved the honour of being called "papa" by her :(

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#41

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart

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Elizabeth Compton
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Actually in her book LAUREN BACALL BY MYSELF, his widow said his last words were "Goodbye kid."

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#43

Virginia Woolf's Last Sentence In Her Suicide Note To Her Husband

Virginia Woolf's Last Sentence In Her Suicide Note To Her Husband

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doodle0401
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Soooo sad! I need to stop reading or else I will cry.

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#44

Marvin Gaye Said This Moments Before Being Fatally Shot By His Father, Marvin Gaye, Sr

Marvin Gaye Said This Moments Before Being Fatally Shot By His Father, Marvin Gaye, Sr

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#45

John Carradine Died From Multiple Organ Failure At Fatebenefratelli Hospital In Milan, Italy At Age 82. Hours Before He Died, He Climbed The 328 Steep Steps Of Milan's Gothic Cathedral, The Duomo

John Carradine Died From Multiple Organ Failure At Fatebenefratelli Hospital In Milan, Italy At Age 82. Hours Before He Died, He Climbed The 328 Steep Steps Of Milan's Gothic Cathedral, The Duomo

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#46

Benjamin Franklin Was Laying On His Deathbed WHen His Daughter Suggested That If He Lay On His Side, He Could Breathe Easier

Benjamin Franklin Was Laying On His Deathbed WHen His Daughter Suggested That If He Lay On His Side, He Could Breathe Easier

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#47

Joan Crawford Said This To Her Housekeeper When She Began To Pray Aloud

Joan Crawford Said This To Her Housekeeper When She Began To Pray Aloud

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Yonatan Hagos
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I cant believe she said that God have mercy now she died there is no second chance only God knows

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#48

Sam Cooke Said This After Being Shot At The Hacienda Motel

Sam Cooke Said This After Being Shot At The Hacienda Motel

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Elizabeth Molloy
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a tragic waste. Such a very talented man x

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#49

Michael Landon's Family Gathered Around His Bed, And His Son Said It Was Time To Move On. Landon Said, “You’re Right. It’s Time. I Love You All”

Michael Landon's Family Gathered Around His Bed, And His Son Said It Was Time To Move On. Landon Said, “You’re Right. It’s Time. I Love You All”

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Matthew Mammoliti
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3 years ago

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#50

Jessica Dubroff, A Seven-year-old Pilot, Said This To Her Mother By Telephone As The Engines Revved

Jessica Dubroff, A Seven-year-old Pilot, Said This To Her Mother By Telephone As The Engines Revved

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SusannaVesna
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why the fuck would anyone get an idea to have a child fly a plane?! What drugs were they taking?!!!

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#51

Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer

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Josh Henderson
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

a loan hero who overcame an entire empire. RIP you hero and genius.

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#52

Chris Farley Said This To A Prostitute As She Left His Hotel Room Following A Weekend-long Drug And Sex Binge. When She Turned Around, He Had Collapsed

Chris Farley Said This To A Prostitute As She Left His Hotel Room Following A Weekend-long Drug And Sex Binge. When She Turned Around, He Had Collapsed

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#53

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

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Kelly Smith
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How do you know when you are dying? What would that feel like? My mother knew...she had been sedated for five days with no fluid or food....she opened her eyes and turned to look at each of us standing around her bed. Then closed her eyes and never drew another breath. How did she know? What did she feel?

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#54

Aaron Burr Was An Atheist. His Last Words Were A Response To The Efforts Of His Friend, Reverend P.j. Van Pelt, To Get Burr To State That There Was A God

Aaron Burr Was An Atheist. His Last Words Were A Response To The Efforts Of His Friend, Reverend P.j. Van Pelt, To Get Burr To State That There Was A God

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alyssa p
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you stand for nothing, burr! what do you fall for?

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#55

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll

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#56

Dimebag Darrell Said This While Playing With Damageplan At A Club Minutes Before He Was Shot And Killed Onstage

Dimebag Darrell Said This While Playing With Damageplan At A Club Minutes Before He Was Shot And Killed Onstage

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Jen Johansson
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a Pantera fan hardcore ...Van Halen was a cue to play as hard as they could and leave it all out on the stage....that was all. Seriously RIP Dime and Vinny Paul 😭

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#57

Jane Austen's Response To Her Sister Cassandra Who Had Asked Her If She Wanted Anything

Jane Austen's Response To Her Sister Cassandra Who Had Asked Her If She Wanted Anything

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#59

Edward Abbey's Response As To Whether He Had Any Last Words (the Epitaph On His Memorial Stone Also Reads "No Comment")

Edward Abbey's Response As To Whether He Had Any Last Words (the Epitaph On His Memorial Stone Also Reads "No Comment")

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