“Memorable Last Lines” by Joan Y. Edwards
30 Memorable Last Lines
- “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.” –George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)
- “It was a fine cry—loud and long—but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.” –Toni Morrison, Sula (1973)
- “But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and civilize me and I can’t stand it. I been there before.” –Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
- “Maybe I will go to Paris. Who knows? But I’ll sure as hell never go back to Texas again.” –James Crumley, The Final Country (2001)
- “Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood; and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago; and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days. –Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
- “P.S. Sorry I forgot to give you the mayonnaise.”
–Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America (1967)
- “Columbus too thought he was a flop, probably, when they sent him back in chains. Which didn’t prove there was no America.” –Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March (1953)
- “We shall never be again as we were!” –Henry James, The Wings of the Dove (1902)
- “Tell me how free I am.” –Richard Powers, Prisoner’s Dilemma (1988)
- “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.” – A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner (1928)
- “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” – J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
- I taker her hand, squeezing it tightly, and we walk on. -Monika Schröder My Brothers Shadow (2011)
- “But I knew that Catherine had kissed me because she trusted me, and that made me happy then but now I am sad because by the time my eyes close each night I suspect that as usual I have been fooling myself, that she, too, is in her grave.” –William T. Vollmann, You Bright and Risen Angels (1987)
- “Vaya con Dios, my darklin’, and remember: vote early and vote often, don’t take any wooden nickels, and”—by now I was rolling about helplessly on the spare room floor, scrunched up around my throbbing pain and bawling like a baby— “always leave ’em laughin’ as you say good-bye!” –Robert Coover, The Public Burning (1977)
- “I never saw any of them again—except the cops. No way has yet been invented to say goodbye to them. –Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye (1953)
- “He heard the ring of steel against steel as a far door clanged shut. –Richard Wright, Native Son (1940)
- “I ran with the wind blowing in my face, and a smile as wide as the valley of Panjsher on my lips. I ran.” – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner (2003)
- Jerry: “But don’t you understand, Osgood? Oh… I’m a man!”
Osgood Fielding: “Well, nobody’s perfect.” – Some Like It Hot Film adapted by director Billy Wilder and comedy writer, I.A.L. Diamond from Fanfare of Love, a story by Michael Logan.
- “I’m so glad to be at home again” – L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
- Jim: “Where you headed, cowboy?”
Bart: “Nowhere special.”
Jim: “Nowhere special? I always wanted to go there.”
Bart: “Come on.” -Mel Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman Steinberg, and Al Uger, and was based on Andrew Bergman’s story and draft, Blazing Saddles.
- “But the miracle of it all is, when push comes to shove, we can be just as tough as hickory. It mostly burns at first. After a while it starts to feel better.” -Joyce Moyer Hostetter, Blue
- E.T.: “I’ll be right here.” – Steven Spielberg, E.T. the Extraterrestrial
- Louis: “Looking good, Billy Ray!”
Billy Ray: “Feeling good, Louis!” – Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod, Trading Places
- “But the sky was bright, and he somehow felt he was headed in the right direction.” – E.B. White, Stuart Little (1934)
- “Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” – Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind (1936)
- “And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843)
- “A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR. I am haunted by humans.”- Markus Zusak, The Book Thief (2006)
- “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- “But that is the beginning of a new story—the story of the gradual renewal of a man, the story of his gradual regeneration, of his passing from one world into another, of his initiation into a new unknown life. That might be the subject of a new story, but our present story is ended.” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment (1866; trans. Constance Garnett)
- “From here on in I rag nobody.” –Mark Harris, Bang the Drum Slowly (1956)
- American Book Review. “100 Best Last Lines from Novels:”
- Crazy Cat. “QUIZ: Can you name the children’s books by last line?”
- Emily Temple. “Famous Last Words: Our 20 Favorite Final Lines in Literature:”
- Filmsite.com. “Great Last Lines (links to different decades):” http://www.filmsite.org/greatlastlines9.html
- Hollywood.com. “Best Last Lines in Movies:” http://www.hollywood.com/movies/best-last-lines-in-movies-60223212/#/
- Huffington Post. “Amazing Last Lines from Literature That Will Make You Want to Read the Whole book:” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/07/last-line-book_n_4733190.html
- Jessica Soffer. Publishers Weekly. “The 10 Best Book Endings:” https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/56760-the-10-best-book-endings.html
- Jonathan Russell Clark. “The Art of the Final Sentence:” https://themillions.com/2015/02/the-art-of-the-final-sentence.html
- Lauren Passell. Barnes and Noble.com. “The Best Last Lines in Literature:” https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/the-best-last-lines-in-literature/
- Marshall Thornton. Screenwriting U Magazine. “Big Finish Tips: Act Three”https://screenwritingumagazine.com/2017/12/28/big-finish-tips-act-three/?
- Martin Chilton. “The 30 Best Closing Lines in Films:” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2016/04/28/the-best-closing-lines-in-films/
- Pajiba.com. The 70 Greatest Last Film Lines of the Modern Era:” http://www.pajiba.com/guides/the-70-greatest-last-film-lines-of-the-modern-era.php
- Robert McCrum. “10 Best Closing Lines in Books” https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2012/jul/29/10-best-closing-lines-books
- Shortlist.com. “50 Best Final Lines in Movies:”
- Stylist.co.uk.”The Best 100 Closing Lines from Books:” https://www.stylist.co.uk/books/the-best-100-closing-lines-from-books/123681
Posts I did on First Lines
- Joan Y. Edwards. “First Lines from Non-Fiction Best Sellers” https://www.joanyedwards.com/2012/04/25/first-lines-from-non-fiction-best-sellers/
- Joan Y. Edwards. “Memorable First Lines” https://www.joanyedwards.com/2012/04/18/memorable-first-lines/
I rejoice and am thankful for all of you who read my blog.
Do something fun today.
What? You’re not subscribed to my blog? Receive free gifts. Subscribe now. Join 700,000 visitors. You’ll be sent an email to confirm your subscription. Thank you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
Copyright © 2018 Joan Y. Edwards
Flip Flap Floodle Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide A guide to help caregivers and elders find solutions.
80 Gospel-Based Crossword Puzzles for Year B Fun for Children’s Liturgy, Children’s Church, Sunday School, and Home Bible Study