Thought for the day

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who as the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. [Theodore Roosevelt]

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Last Words

Some interesting last words

George Appel, a gangster, about to be executed by electrocution:
"Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel."

Lady Astor, First female member of Parliament, upon awaking to find herself surrounded by her entire family:   "Am I dying or is this my birthday?"

Dominique Bouhours, French grammarian:
"I am about to -- or I am going to -- die: either expression is correct."

Joe DiMaggio, baseball player, American legend:
"I'll finally get to see Marilyn." 

Thomas de Mahay Favras, upon being handed his official death sentence as he was led to the scaffold during the Reign of Terror:
"I see that you have made three spelling mistakes"

James French, sentenced to death in the electric chair:
"How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? 'French Fries'."

John Sedgwick, Union Army General, was observing the lines at Spotsylvania when his men warned him to be wary of Confederate sharpshooters:
"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..."

Thanks to J-Walk 

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