Prompted by Art Buchwald’s farewell video last week (““Hi, I’m Art Buchwald and I just died”) Conrado de Quiros has come up with some good farewells. I particularly liked:
• General John Sedgwick, Union commander, shot dead in 1864 while surveying the field of battle: “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist.…"
• Humphrey Bogart, d. Jan. 14, 1957: “I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.”
• Eugene O’Neill, d. Nov. 27, 1953: “I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room -- and God damn it -- died in a hotel room.”
• Charlie Chaplin, after being told by a priest, “May the Lord have mercy on your soul”: “Why not? After all, it belongs to him.”
• Dominique Bouhours, French grammarian, d. 1702: “I am about to -- or I am going to -- die. Either is correct.”
• John Fields, musician, asked on his deathbed if he was a Papist or a Calvinist: “I am a pianist.”