Nothing comes closer to the purest truth than the last utterances of the dying or the thoughts of those who newly know they go soon from the earth into death. Who do they think of? Who do they advise? Who do they gift? What last joke do they crack? To whom do they apologize? To whom do they profess love? To whom do they spew their hate?
Philipi Quinault said, "No one dying is presumed to lie!" Imagine the power of their last statements in light of this truth! "He who has only a moment to live has no longer anything to hide." And, of course, Shakespeare has a word on last words, "Last words are seldom spent in vain, because they breathe truth that breathe their words in pain," which he said in Richard II.
Thigpen tells why last words are powerful proclamations--
1. Clarity of vision often comes by death at one's door 2. the words of the dying carry compelling authority 3. Last words gain value depending on the cost to those who speak them 4. Final, irrevocable words spoken forever
Saint Chi Zhuze, Chinese, amidst the brutality of the cutting off of his arm, "Cut me in as many pieces as you wish and you will see that every piece is a Catholic!"
As he was dying, Mozart told his friends that he had written "Requiem" for himself.
Short thought after short thought of so many famous people. Some I found profound. Others had me laughing out loud, as in the ones who croaked with a last chuckle.
If you are not thoroughly entertained and enlightened by this book, you may just want to check your pulse!
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Barbara Garro (NYWriterBarbaraGarro)
When I am not writing or painting or teaching, I am reading, literally hundreds of non-fiction books every year. Why? Because I love learning from other people's journeys. Authors work hard to bring … more
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