Atheists' Famous Last Death Words

caveat: consider this source:

Elijah C. Clark, The victory practical handbook for ministers
(Church of God, Cleveland TN 1944) p 229-30

Last words of atheists

Voltaire: "I give you half of what I am worth, if you will give me six months of lives."

Hobbs, the infidel philosopher: "If I had the whole world to dispose of, I would give it to live one day."

Gibbon, the historian, a skeptic: "The present is a fleeting moment, the past is no more, and my prospect of futurity is dark and doubtful."

Phillip III, king of Spain [ an ardent Roman Catholic -tpk ]: "Ah! how happy it would have been for me had I spent these twenty-three years I have held my kingdom in retirement."

Duke of Buckingham, after a life of folly and sin: "Oh! what a prodigal have I been of the most valuable of all possessions--time! I have squandered it away with the persuasion that it was lasting; and now, when a few days would be worth a hecatomb of worlds, I cannot flatter myself with the prospect of a half dozen hours."

Thomas Payne, who rejected all religion, and whose last utterances were in anguish of a soul in despair, cried out, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? I would give worlds, if I had them, if The Age of Reason had never been published. O Lord, help me! - - - [?] Help me! Stay with me! It is hell to be left alone!"

The last words of the atheist Mirabeau: "My sufferings are intolerable; I have within me a hundred years of life but not a moment's courage. Give me more laudanum that I may not think of eternity."

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