Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain

Famous Last Words

Mark Twain once wrote that a man of eminence should not delay preparing his final utterance. He should write his last words down on a slip of paper and get the advice of his friends on them. He should never leave such an important matter to the last minute and trust to inspiration “to enable him to say something smart with his latest gasp and launch him into eternity with grandeur. No–a man is apt to be too much fagged and exhausted, both in body and mind, at such a time, to be reliable.”
“There is hardly a case on record,” Twain continued, “where a man came to his last moment unprepared and said a good thing–hardly a case where a man trusted to that last moment and did not make a solemn botch of it and go out of the world feeling absurd.”