Fictional last words
Writers of fiction often pen poignant and memorable dying words for their fictional characters. Collections of fictional lasts words from characters across different works in a specific franchise, by a specific author, or across a specific type of media, are therefore permissible, under certain conditions.
First and foremost, each individual quote in such a collection must meet Wikiquote's quotability requirements, and must be original to the work to which it is attributed. Short, non-quoteworthy exclamations generally do not meet quotability requirements, and will be removed from collections, unless there is some overriding rationale for containing them. For example, Last words in Doctor Who media is the only page that does, or reasonably could, contain the last words of each of the ten regenerations of the Doctor. Not every example would be individually quoteworthy, but some of them are, and being able to review the collection as a whole would be of interest to fans of the series. Therefore, the non-quoteworthy examples may be kept in the interests of maintaining a complete collection. Such an exception would apply only to central characters to a work. There is no comparable need to maintain a list of the last words of every character in a work.
Second, collections of fictional lasts words can not be used to circumvent Limits on quotations. Quotes may only be replicated in a collection if they are already contained on the individual page for a work, except where, as noted above, the quote is non-quoteworthy, but is kept to maintain a complete collection of the last words of a central character or characters.
Third, there is no need to have a separate page of quotes containing last words for an individual work, when all of the quotes for that work should be on a single page. For example, the 1997 film Titanic is a single, stand-alone work, and is not part of a larger fictional universe. Quotable last words from that film should already be contained on the film's own page. By comparison, works such as those in the James Bond, Star Wars, and Transformers franchises are spread across multiple books, films, and other media, making a separate collection the only reasonable showcase for last words across several different media.
- Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. (The Pride of the Yankees)
- Note: ranked #38 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.
- Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars. (Now, Voyager)
- Note: ranked #46 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.
- Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into! (Sons of the Desert)
- Note: ranked #60 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.
- What a dump. (Beyond the Forest)
- Note: ranked #62 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.
- Elementary, my dear Watson. (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
- Note: ranked #65 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.
- Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet! (The Jazz Singer)
- Note: ranked #71 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.
- Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico? (Little Caesar)
- Note: ranked #73 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.
- Who's on first. (The Naughty Nineties)
- Note: ranked #91 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.
Atributed or Misattributed
- We hope that the Party will step by step conquer (embrace) the proletarian forces of America and in the not distant future raise the red flag over the White House.
- Falsely attributed to Communist International president Grigori Zinoviev in December, 1923, by the U.S. State Department; reported in Paul W. Blackstock, Agents of Deceit: Frauds, Forgeries, and Political Intrigue Among Nations (1966), p. 86.
Eric Sevareid Arnold Eric Sevareid (November 26, 1912 – July 9, 1992) was a CBS news journalist from 1939 to 1977. He was one of a group of elite war correspondents hired by pioneering CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow, and thus dubbed "Murrow's Boys".
- With breathtaking rapidity, we are destroying all that was lovely to look at and turning America into a prison house of the spirit. The affluent society, with relentless single-minded energy, is turning our cities, most of suburbia and most of our roadways into the most affluent slum on earth.
- Reported as unverified in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989).
- There is as much of a chance of repealing the eighteenth amendment as there is for a humming bird to fly to the planet Mars with the Washington Monument tied to its tail. This country is for temperance and prohibition and it is going to continue to elect members of Congress who believe in that.
- Morris Sheppard, reported in The Washington Post (September 25, 1930), p. 5.
- One of the finest things ever done by the mob was the crucifixion of Christ. Intellectually it was a splendid gesture. But trust the mob to bungle. If I had charge of executing Christ, I would have handled it differently. You see what I would have done was had him shipped to Rome and fed to the lions. They never could have made a savior out of mince meat.
- Ben Hecht, A Jew In Love (1931); reported in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions, pp. 44-45; Boller and George point out that the quote, contained in a work of fiction authored by Hecht, has been misrepresented as Hecht's personal belief.
- We must realize that our Party's most powerful weapon is racial tension. By pounding into the consciousness of the dark races that for centuries have been oppressed by the whites, we can mold them to the program of the Communist Party. In America, we aim for subtle victory. While inflaming the Negro minority against the whites, we will endeavor to instill in the whites a guilt complex for their exploitation of the Negroes. We will aid the Negroes to rise to prominence in every walk of life, inthe professions and in the world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige, the Negroes will be able to intermarry with the whites and will begin a process which will deliver America to our cause.
- Misattributed to Israel Cohen; reported in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 15.
- The Christians are always singing about the blood. Let us give them enough of it! Let us cut their throats and drag them over the altar! And let them drown in their own blood! I dream of the day when the last priest is strangled on the guts of the last preacher.
- Variation: I dream of the hour when the last Congressman is strangled to death on the guts of the last preacher-and since Christians like to sing about the blood, why not give them a little of it? Slit the throats of their children and drag them over the mourners' bench and the pulpit, and allow them to drown in their own blood, and then see whether they enjoy singing these hymns.
- Misattributed to Gus Hall, General Secretary of the American Communist Party; reported in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 44.
- Hold on, Mr. President!
- Title of book by Sam Donaldson (published 1987). Donaldson denied having ever used the phrase in his presidential coverage; reported as a misattribution for the latter usage in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 23.
- Of all things there remains to me only honor and life which is safe.
- Francis I of France, letter to his mother, Louise of Savoy (1525). Later misreported as "All is lost save honor", see Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 26.
- The overall aim of the Ford Foundation is to so alter life in the US that we can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union.
- Misattributed to Rowan Gaither; reported in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 29-30.
- All that is good and commendable now existing would continue to exist if all marriage laws were repealed tomorrow. I have an inalienable constitutional and natural right to love whom I may, to love as long or as short a period as I can, to change that love everyday if I please, and with that right neither you nor any law you can frame have any right to intervene.
- Misattributed to Sol Gordon; reported in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 43.
- Too much checking on the facts has ruined many a good news story.
- Attributed to newspaperman Roy Howard by Chief Justice Warren Burger (June 1985); reported as a likely misattribution in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 51.
- There should be no restraint on any expression of human sexuality. Unbridled sexuality is not immoral. In fact it is healthful and good.
- Attributed in Pat Robertson's Perspective (Fall 1981) to The Humanist Manifesto II; reported as a misattribution in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 51-52, which notes that no such quote appears in the attributed document, and that it instead states, "Without countenancing mindless permissiveness or unbridled promiscuity, a civilized society should be a tolerant one. Short of harming others or compelling them to do likewise, individuals should be permitted to express their sexual proclivities and pursue their lifestyles as they desire".
- Some call it communisim, I call it Judaism.
- Misattributed to Stephen Wise, as reported in in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 132.
- We now have various states in the US competing against each other for Japanese R&D and investments. Whatever administration is in power, we can now virtually defy the US on a number of trade issues, and have many governors and Congressmen assisting us in the process.
- Misattributed to the government of Japan by Maryland Democratic Congressman Tom McMillen (May 30, 1987), as reported in in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 55; actually written by Ronald A. Morse, secretary for the Asian program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, allegedly as a dramatization of Japanese attitudes toward investment in the United States.
- We always write stories of tragedies because that's how we reach our human depth. How we get to the other side of it. We look at the cruelty, the darkness and horrific events that happened in our life whether it be a miscarriage or a husband who is not faithful. Then you find this ability to transcend. And that is called the passion, like the passion of Christ. You could call this the passion of Frida Kahlo, in a way.
When I talk about passion, and I'm not a religious person, but I absolutely am drawn and attracted to the power of religious art because it gets at that most extreme emotion of the human experience.
William Mason draft
William Mason (1724–1797)
- The fattest hog in Epicurus' sty.
- Heroic Epistle, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "Me pinguem et nitidum bene curata cute vises, ...Epicuri de grege porcum" (translated: "You may see me, fat and shining, with well-cared for hide,—…a hog from Epicurus' herd"), Horace, Epistolæ, lib. i. iv. 15, 16.
- It's better to be pissed off than pissed on.
- Reported as a saying of a friend in John Wood, How do you feel?: A guide to your emotions (1974), p. 37.
- The best things come in small packages. (Speake, 2009)
- The best things in life are free. (Speake, 2009)
When you fall, get up, oh oh And if you fall, get up, eh eh Tsamina mina zangalewa Cause this is Africa Tsamina mina eh eh Waka waka eh eh Tsamina mina zangalewa This time for Africa
- Africa will rid herself of the maniacs. Africa will live to show that "Black is beautiful". Africa is ancient but Asia is ageless. Her nimble and graceful beauty has adorned civilization from the birth of mankind. Latin America has become the castanet of an international culture that links Andalusia to Arabia and the Caribbean. What beauty there is in the tap of her flamenco! Europe is glamorous and adorable, so seductive that she is still beautiful after a number of face lifts. America has been watergated. In that flow of stagnant waters you can behold beauty in its reflection. In etherial terms the whole world is beautiful. In physical terms I have rarely seen more scenic beauty than in California or in Texas. What pains me is to see how the blind power of that most powerful society is turning that beauty into something as sinister as the portrait of Dorian Grey.
- Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Letter to his daughter (1978), 80.
- Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which you put your money in your pants pocket and give your coat to your creditors
- Joey Adams
- The worst bankruptcy in the world is the person who has lost his enthusiasm.
- H. W. Arnold
- At the end of the day, it is law-abiding, bill-paying citizens who pay for the bankruptcy of others, regardless of whether the debts involved were taken on by con men or those whose situations simply got out of hand.
- Orrin Hatch
- Today, certain people file for bankruptcy, businesses and individuals, and it no longer has the stigma it once had. Now it's almost considered wise, a way to regroup and come back again.
- David Dinkins
- Bankruptcy is not the end of the world. US Airways is in bankruptcy, and they fly every day.
- Richard Copland
- They'll up the ante because they now have the bankruptcy judge behind them.
- Bobby Depace
- Bankruptcy represents a longstanding commitment in this country to helping people get a fresh start. This principle has never been giving only certain people a fresh start.
- Tim Johnson
- Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
- Eric Hoffer
- The legacy of Democrats and Republicans approaches: Libertarianism by bankruptcy.
- Nick Nuessle
- I became a Republican in 1951, the first year I could vote.
- I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican.
- I also believe that government has no business telling us how we should live our lives. I think our lifestyle choices should be left up to us. What we do in our private lives is none of the government's business. That position rules out the Republican Party for me.