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Famous Last Words
Another item in the news you will see nowhere else.
GEORGE EASTMAN (suicide note)
My work is done. Why wait?
If heaven had granted me five more years, I could have become a real painter.
I have not told half of what I saw.
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL
So little done. So much to do.
God damn the whole fuckin' world and everyone in it but you, Carlotta.
CAPTAIN AHAB (Moby Dick)
"Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!
ANTIGONE (Antigone, Sophocles, 441 B.C.)
This is it. The time has come.
For doing what was right,
I'm dragged away to death.
And Thebes, city where I was born,
And you my friends, the rich people of Thebes,
Will you judge between us?
you might at least look and remember.
BOXER (Animal Farm, George Orwell)
Forward comrades! . . . Forward in the name of the Rebellion. Long live Animal Farm! Long live comrade Napoleon. Napoleon is always right.
GRANDFATHER OF THE INVISIBLE MAN (The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison)
Son, after I'm gone I want you to keep up the good fight. I never told you, but our life is a war and I have been a traitor all my born days, a spy in the enemy's country ever since I give up my gun back in the Reconstruction. Live with your head in the lion's mouth. I want you to overcome 'em with yeses, undermine 'em with grins, agree 'em to death and destruction, let 'em swoller you till they vomit or bust wide open. . . . Learn it to the younguns.
WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST (The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum)
I have been wicked in my day, but I never thought a little girl like you would ever be able to melt me and end my wicked deeds. Lookout--here I go!
RICHARD III, KING OF ENGLAND (Richard III, William Shakespeare)King of England
A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse.
WITCH ("Hansel and Gretel," collected by the Brothers Grimm)
You stupid goose. The opening's large enough. Watch, even I can get in.
REG WEAVER, National Teachers Association President
It is underfunded.
EDWARD J. MCELROY,American Federation of Teachers President
We need better alignment.
MARGARET SPELLINGS, US Secretary of Education
Let me see how you do on DIBELS.
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