“I’ve just had eighteen straight whiskies. I think that’s the record.”
The Welsh poet got in a drinking contest at the White Horse Tavern, after which he stumbled back to his room at the Chelsea Hotel, and said this to Liz Reitell, with whom he was having an affair. He died soon thereafter of acute alcohol poisoning at age 39.
“Hurrah, boys, we’ve got them! We’ll finish them up and then go home to our station.”
On June 25, 1876, at Little Big Horn, Custer was so certain of his surprise attack’s swift success that he yelled this to his men before charging into the middle of the Sioux encampment.
“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist—‘’
The Union general, overseeing emplacements of artillery near Spotsylvania, assured his men of their safety. A Confederate sharpshooter proved him—in mid-sentence—wrong.
“What an artist dies in me!”
After the Roman emperor was overthrown, he went into hiding near Rome. A death sentence was passed in absentia by the Roman senate. Before it could be carried out, Nero committed suicide with poison. These, according to Tacitus, were his last words.
“A decent woman has to get on in the world.”
The wife of Argentine president Juan Peron said this to her maid before falling into a coma. After her death, her body was embalmed and put on public display.
“Shoot, you coward, you’re going to kill a man.”
When the Argentine-born leftist revolutionary was captured by Bolivian troops on Oct. 9, 1967, he said this to Mario Teran, the soldier who’d been ordered to shoot him.