The French writer Francois Rabelais (Gargantua and Pantagruel) died on this day in 1553. His last words have sometimes been recorded as:
"Bring down the curtain, the farce is played out."
And sometimes as:
"I am going to seek the great perhaps."
I like Rabelais' bequest to posterity:
"I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor."