20 Favorite Last Lines from Books

Posted by Hayley on August 18, 2015
Parting is such sweet sorrow, especially when it comes to saying goodbye to a good book. Last week we asked on Facebook and on Twitter: What's your favorite last line? Today we've got the top answers. Did yours make the list?

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"I am haunted by waters."
A River Runs Through It
by Norman Maclean


"It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both."
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Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White



"'Well, I'm back,' he said."
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The Return of the King
by J.R.R. Tolkien



"Isn't it pretty to think so?'"
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The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway



"All was well."
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by J.K. Rowling



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"But there are much worse games to play."
Mockingjay
by Suzanne Collins


"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
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The Gunslinger
by Stephen King


"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."
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A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens



"All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before."
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The Last Battle
by C.S. Lewis



"Are there any questions?"
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The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood



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"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger


"The old man was dreaming about the lions."
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The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway



"Tomorrow is another day."
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Gone with the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell



"One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, 'Poo-tee-weet?'"
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Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut



"He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning."
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To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee



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"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two of things in my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home..."
The Outsiders
by S.E. Hinton


"Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this. "
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Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott



"He loved Big Brother."
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Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell



"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
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The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald



"I am haunted by humans."
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The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak




Don't see your favorite last line? Then share it with us in the comments!

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message 1: by Maica (last edited Aug 18, 2015 01:13AM) (new)

Maica Can I share this quote? It's something that I carried it with me since childhood and made me make it through much through life,

Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

Ah, I this is not the last line, though.


message 2: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra 'You have to know that the life you have is completely yours” from The Girl Who Was Saturday Night


message 3: by Andy (new)

Andy Shaw Mine has always been:

I don't know, maybe she was God. If she wasn't, she was everything God should be.

- Christopher Pike, Sati


message 4: by Mary (new)

Mary Latela A Tale of Two Cities: Sydney Carton finishes the book by saying: "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."


message 5: by Jason (new)

Jason Murphy 'The Great Gatsby' is the clear winner.


message 6: by Aaleya (new)

Aaleya Rasool "for you a thousand times over"
The kite Runner


message 7: by Lori (new)

Lori "The fingers loosened, and the book they held moved slowly and then swiftly across the still body and fell into the silence of the room.".....Stoner by John Williams


message 8: by Diane (new)

Diane and yes I said yes I will Yes,

from Ulysses by James Joyce


message 9: by Kimi (new)

Kimi For once, I didn’t look back.

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian


message 10: by Sandeep (last edited Aug 18, 2015 10:42AM) (new)

Sandeep Varry "Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget that, until the day God deigns to reveal the future to man, the sum of human wisdom will be contained in these two words: wait and hope."

The Count of Monte Cristo.


message 11: by Osarenren (last edited Aug 18, 2015 11:02AM) (new)

Osarenren Ihaza "Lord Tywin Lannister did not, in the end, shit gold." A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin


message 12: by Arathi (new)

Arathi Mohan "I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are still truly good at heart..." The Diary of Anne Frank


message 13: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante I have some favorites - a good closing line will stay with you for years to come, even when you forget why you liked a certain book, leaving a lasting impression on your soul.

But, from above, "All was well", is satisfying. It is the feeling of coming to rest after a long mission, and deserving the results.


message 14: by Emi (new)

Emi “Sooner or later...one has to take sides. If one is to remain human.” Graham Greene


message 15: by Ella (new)

Ella The last line of Wuthering Heights has to be one of my favourites:

"I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth."


message 16: by Lili (new)

Lili K Totally agree!!

Jason wrote: "'The Great Gatsby' is the clear winner."


message 17: by Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {quester in a cashier's body} (last edited Aug 18, 2015 12:06PM) (new)

Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {quester in a cashier's body} (The Outsiders wins by a long shot, but this is a favorite)


'The girl was holding out her hand, but I could only give a pathetic shrug. I had nothing to give her.
I'd finally faded away.'

-Scott Heim 'We Disappear'.


message 18: by Lisa (last edited Aug 18, 2015 12:24PM) (new)

Lisa Ella wrote: "The last line of Wuthering Heights has to be one of my favourites:

"I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft..."


I was reading the comments just to see if someone had mentioned this line. One of my all time favorites!


message 19: by Ashli (new)

Ashli Barrera They shoulda put Requiem on here. :)


message 20: by Betsy (new)

Betsy If you have not read most of these books, which I haven't, then most of these last lines do not impress.


message 21: by Anna (new)

Anna My favorite out of these 20 was the one from The Return of the King.


message 22: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Maica wrote: "Can I share this quote? It's something that I carried it with me since childhood and made me make it through much through life,

Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing. If I am a princ..."


This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing.


message 23: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 18, 2015 03:07PM) (new)

Gone with the wind and the book thief are the best


message 24: by Max (new)

Max Urai “And you say, ‘Just a moment, I’ve almost finished If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino.’"

That deserves a mention, methinks.


message 25: by Isela (new)

Isela Aaleya wrote: ""for you a thousand times over"
The kite Runner"

I agree with you... I just feel like crying when I read that line. It carries so much with it.


message 26: by Phoenix2 (new)

Phoenix2 "Thank goodness!" said Bilbo, and handed him the tobacco jar.
The hobbit Tolkien, my favorite line


message 27: by Coty (new)

Coty I love Eleanor & Park's last line.



Sarcasm.


message 28: by Iris (new)

Iris "'God's in his heaven, all's right with the world' whispered Anne softly." Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery


message 29: by Niconeko (new)

Niconeko Sáez silva The Nineteen Eighty-Four one still makes me shiver.


message 30: by Danielle (new)

Danielle '' You just—you look so familiar. I could have sworn we've met somewhere before.'' — Rapture by Lauren Kate
There is an epilogue, but this is the last line from the last chapter. I loved this series so, so much. The last chapter, this line especially, gives me the feels.


message 31: by Reading Faerie (new)

Reading Faerie Off this list I like Little Women, Gone with the Wind, and The Last Battle.

Lines I like that didn't make the list are:

"But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs."-- Middlemarch

"And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea." --Rebecca

"It is no ordinary skeleton." --The Phantom of the Opera


message 32: by Reading Faerie (new)

Reading Faerie Phoenix2 wrote: ""Thank goodness!" said Bilbo, and handed him the tobacco jar.
The hobbit Tolkien, my favorite line"



That's a good one, too. :)


Sarah_loves_books Last line:

"Isn’t writing also a form of servitude, a way to lay bare for one’s masters, to dedicate oneself to them, body and soul?"

By Tyran, Danny. Slave in Training.


message 34: by [deleted user] (last edited Dec 06, 2015 01:49AM) (new)

"For the first time since the night at the asylum my problem wasn't that I was hallucinating or that I was the murderer. It was that Jude's still alive."

Last line from Unbecoming of the Mara Dyer. It made me crave for reading the next book(evolution of Mara dyer)


message 35: by Estelle (new)

Estelle Gillies Jason wrote: "'The Great Gatsby' is the clear winner."

sooo true


message 36: by Tina (new)

Tina "She was seventy-five and she was going to make some changes in her life." - The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen


message 37: by Kru (new)

Kru My favourites are,

1. "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." - A tale of two cities

2. "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - The Great Gatsby

3. "for you a thousand times over" - The kite Runner


message 38: by Kirsty (new)

Kirsty These blog posts are a really good idea, Goodreads is definitely improving with its layout and features!


message 39: by Darnia (new)

Darnia Aaleya wrote: ""for you a thousand times over"
The kite Runner"


Oh dear, this quote still make me shiver


message 40: by Raghav (new)

Raghav Lohit 'I ran'
The Kite Runner.


message 41: by Manasa (new)

Manasa What about champion by Marie Lu??
"Hi I'm Daniel", he said.
"Hi, I'm June"
Oh and requiem by Lauren Oliver
"take down the walls"
Great expectations by Charles dickens
"I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and, as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so, the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her."


message 42: by Manasa (new)

Manasa Kirsty wrote: "These blog posts are a really good idea, Goodreads is definitely improving with its layout and features!"
I KNOW RIGHT <3


message 43: by Gunay (new)

Gunay “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

-- Animal Farm by George Orwell


message 44: by Nick (new)

Nick Jason wrote: "'The Great Gatsby' is the clear winner."

agree:)


message 45: by [deleted user] (new)

"You can sort of tell this things."

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance


message 46: by Gerard (new)

Gerard  Perry Mary wrote: "A Tale of Two Cities: Sydney Carton finishes the book by saying: "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.""

My favorite Dickens' character-and line.


message 47: by Michael (new)

Michael "Once there were brook trouts in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery." - The Road, Cormac McCarthy


message 48: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom The line from The Outsiders, "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house,.."
I could have sworn that was the opening line of that book.
Is it really the last line?


message 49: by Jason (new)

Jason Murphy Kidgreg wrote: "The line from The Outsiders, "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house,.."
I could have sworn that was the opening line of that book.
Is it really the last ..."


It's both, Kidgreg.


message 50: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom Thanks, Jason.


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