We love famous last words.
There's a reason there are so many books listing memorable deathbed sayings throughout history out there. Perhaps we'd just rather believe well-known figures tend to die saying something clever and profound. It makes death itself a little less scary.
But, for that reason, final words can be quite tricky. As with any quotes on the internet — and historical quotes, in general — it's hard to sort out what's true and what's phony or exaggerated.
Here are several poignant, strange, or otherwise memorable last words from throughout history:
Anaele Pelisson contributed to a previous version of this article.