When Voltaire was on his deathbed, a priest asked him to renounce the Devil. He replied: ‘This is no time for making new enemies.’ And then, with perfect timing, he died. But, with such a good witticism under his belt, what if he had struggled on for another few days? The same goes for Oscar Wilde, who is always meant to have looked at the vulgar curtains of his cheap hotel, and then to have said: ‘Either those curtains go or I do,’ before dying.
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