— reading Edgar Allan Poe at 2 am
— J.K. Rowling
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say
What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,
Which in the very thought renews the fear."
Mozart’s dying words - it sounds grim but I have always had a facination for the last words people say before leaving this world.
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death."
— Leonardo da Vinci
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
July 2, 1961 a despondent, scarred and scared Ernest Hemingway committed suicide at age 61.
There have been five suicides in the Hemingway family over four generations — Hemingway’s father, Clarence; siblings Ursula, Leicester and Ernest; granddaughter Margaux.
LIFE’s Alfred Eisensstaedt went to Cuba to photograph Hemingway for the September 1952 issue, he encountered not a gracious (if perhaps prickly) fellow artist and man of letters, but a thoroughly disagreeable, paranoid, gin-sodden lunatic.
Incredibly, one of Hemingway’s most highly regarded novels, the short masterpiece, The Old Man and the Sea, was first published, in its entirety, in a single issue of LIFE magazine in September 1952.See the photos here.
“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, a well spent life brings happy death.”
- Leonardo da Vinci
Last tweets don’t have the impact or gravity of last words…
The New York TImes Magazine has scoured the web for the final tweets of some of 2011’s biggest personalities and avid tweeters who died this past year.The hashtag #LastTweet, collects finals tweets of those who died this past year.
The magazine features tweets from actress Elizabeth Taylor, war photographer Tim Hetherington, Indy Racer Dan Wheldon, saxophonist Clarence Clemons and…
The 27 Club (AKA known as the Forever 27 Club, Club 27 or the Curse of 27) is the title for a group of popular musicians who all died at the age of 27.
The 27 Club main list of seven famous musicians who died at age 27: blues singer and musician Robert Johnson (considered to be the first member of the 27 Club), Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. Other notable musicians have also died at the age of 27. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27_Club.