This list of men and women contains some of the greatest military tacticians, novelists, political leaders and cultural pioneers that the world has ever seen. Not only were there lives utterly inspirational and game-changing, but they were even inspiring us when faced with their impending demises. Read 20 fantastic "last word" quotes from some of the most important people in all of human history:
Alexander the Great, after being asked which one of his generals should run his empire.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Dominique Bouhours, French grammarian
Emily Dickinson, poet
Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, in the ambulance on the way to hospital.
Jack Daniel, American distiller and businessman
John Maynard Keynes, British economist and father of Keynesian economics
William Saroyan, playwright and novelist.
James W. Rodgers, convicted murderer, just before he was shot by a firing squad.
Leonardo da Vinci
Lord Nelson, dying on the deck of his ship HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805.
Oscar Wilde, playwright and novelist
Voltaire, satirist, when asked by a priest to renounce Satan.
Karl Marx, political philosopher