From the Guardian's excerpt of Immortal Last Words, ten of the more memorable literary farewells:
LEO TOLSTOY 1828 – 1910Read about the other nine literary goodbyes.
‘We all reveal ... our manifestations ... This manifestation is over ... That's all’
Tolstoy left his estate, aged 82, to begin a new life as a peasant. Reaching the small town of Astapovo he contracted pneumonia, and died a few days later in the stationmaster’s house. According to the stationmaster, his last words were: ‘But the peasants … how do the peasants die?’ His friend Vladimir Chertkov preferred to remember something from the night before. 'He was lying on his back, breathing heavily … all of a sudden - as if arguing with himself - broke out in a loud voice: "We all reveal ... our manifestations ... This manifestation is over ... That's all".'
Also see: Best last lines from novels.