Famous Last Words – Great Closing Lines from Novels

One could argue that a book’s opening line is much more important than its last. After all, the first page and chapter are what hook the reader; if they make it to the final line, hooking them is no longer a problem.


Still, a strong finale fulfills the promise of the book’s opening, and provides a feeling of closure for the reader. With that in mind, today AuthorHouse presents some of the most memorable last lines in fiction.


Gone with Wind“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” (The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald)


“After all, tomorrow is another day.” (Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell)


“He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.” (To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee)


“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, George Orwell)


“Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long at sea as Mr. Patel, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger.” (Life of Pi, Yann Martel)


“But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.” (The House At Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne)


“He is coming, and I am here.” (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger)


Charlotte“Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper.” (Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden)


“He loved Big Brother.” (1984, George Orwell)


“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” (Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White)


“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, Charles Dickens)



“There was some open space between what he knew and what he tried to believe, but nothing could be done about it, and if you can’t fix it, you’ve got to stand it.” (Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx)


“Yukiko’s diarrhoea persisted through the twenty-sixth, and was a problem on the train to Tokyo.” (The Makioka Sisters, Junichiro Tanizaki)


“I’m so glad to be at home again!'” (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum)


Beach“A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR. I am haunted by humans.” (The Book Thief, Markus Zusak)


“I carry a lot of scars. I like the way that sounds. I carry a lot of scars.” (The Beach, Alex Garland)


“The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.” (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling)


And now it’s time for our last line. Have some great closings you’d like to add? Feel free to do so in the Comments section!


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