Anne (ajva) wrote,

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famous last words

Just compiling a quiz for stefanc's birthday, and I'm doing a round on famous last words. I suddenly come upon this one, which I've heard before and always brings tears to my eyes:

Ne pleure pas, Alfred! J'ai besoin de tout mon courage pour mourir à vingt ans!

(Don't cry, Alfred! I need all my courage to die at twenty!)

Spoken by Evariste Galois to his brother, just after he'd been fatally injured in a duel.

Sigh. I've heard the story a hundred times and it never loses its power to break my heart.
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