Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, and don't have any kids yourself.
Who: Count Olaf
Source: A Series of Unfortunate Events (series), by Lemony Snicket
Notes: Killed by a wound inflicted earlier by a harpoon gun, after performing one of the few decent acts of his life: and saving the dying Kit Snicket's baby. His last words are in fact a quote from the 1971 Philip Larkin poem "This Be the Verse."