tongues of dying men enforce attention like deep harmony.
Richard II, II.1.5-6
Real Last Words Index
Fictional Last Words Index
Farewells Last Stands
If you are
stuck in an old Geocities frame and can't break free,
copying this url into your browser address box:
Way back in 1997, I
posted the beginnings of this Last Words collection to the Internet on
website. It languished there for about two years, collecting a
total of around 2,500 hits. Then in early 2000, some
web-journalist stumbled upon it and published a short, but very
positive, review about it in a local newspaper. That review was,
in turn, picked up by AP or some other such agency and posted in papers
throughout the country. Overnight, traffic to the site
increased by well over a factor of thirty. Shortly thereafter,
someone at Yahoo decided to feature it as a "Cool Link," and the
counter at the
bottom of my homepage really started spinning. I only set up that
counter with six digits, never expecting that I'd even have
visitors. Boy, was I wrong; I stopped keeping track after
it made over two complete revolutions.
For the past several years, while remaining steady, the visits to my
GeoCities pages have slowed considerably. So, I've decided to
shutdown that site and incorporate my Last Words pages into this
one. At the same time, I've updated many quotations, revised some
background information, and added a substantial number of entries.
One thing that has amazed me about this last words collection is the
number of people who have copied my
entries lock, stock, and barrel and reposted them on quotations sites
across the Internet. One bozo (some guy with comcast account
identified as ~machucheck) even copied every one of my pages to include
my formats, gifs, and links and posted them--with only partial
success--as his own.
Anyway, I still am fascinated by last words and hope that if you take
browse through this collection, you will enjoy them too; just not as
much as ~machucheck.