50 Best Last Lines of Books in Literature

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“All is well that ends well” and the same goes for the end of a book, as an imperfect last line is not what any reader would expect and like to take with them at the end.

So, we collected some of the powerful last lines in the literature that took the storytelling to a different level.

Read our list of best last lines in literature, the final line of great books that gave a perfect ending to the stories, making the books a memorable reading experience.

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50 Best Closing Lines of Books in Literature

1. East of Eden

By John Steinbeck

east of eden last line

And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”

Last line of East of Eden

2. The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

the great gatsby last line

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Last line of The Great Gatsby

3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

By J.K Rowling

harry potter and the deathly hallows last line

The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.”

Last line of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

4. Gone with the Wind

By Margaret Mitchell

gone with the wind last line

After all tomorrow is another day.”

Last line of Gone with the wind

5. Their Eyes Were Watching God

By Zora Neale Hurston

their eyes were watching god last line

She called in her soul to come and see.”

Last line of Their Eyes Were Watching God

6. The Old man and the Sea

By Ernest Hemingway

the old man and the sea last line

The old man was dreaming about the lions.”

Last Line of The Old Man and the Sea

7. Dracula

By Bram Stoker

dracula last line

Later on he will understand how some men so loved her, that they did dare much for her sake.”

Last line of Dracula

8. Alone in Berlin

By Hans Fallada

alone in berlin last line

Because it was written that you reap what you saw, and the boy had sown good corn.”

Last line of Alone in Berlin

9.The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak

the book thief last line

”I am haunted by humans.”

Last line of The Book Thief

10. Moby Dick

By Herman Melville

moby dick last line

It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in her retracting search after her missing children, only found another orphan.”

Last line of Moby Dick

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11. 1984

By George Orwell

1984 last line

He loved big brother.”

Last line of 1984

12. Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises

By Ernest Hemingway

the sun also rises last line

Oh, Jack, ”Brett said, ”we could have had such a good time together”…”Yes,” I said. Isn’t it pretty to think so.?”

Last line of The Sun Also Rise

13. Romeo & Juliet

By William Shakespeare

romeo and juliet last line

For never was a story of woe, Then this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

Last line of Romeo and Jouliet

14. Beloved

By Toni Morrison

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Last line of Beloved

15. Life of Pi

By Yann Martel

life of pi last line

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.”

Last line of Life of Pie

16. Heart of Darkness

By Joseph Conard

heart of darkness last line

The offering was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the utmost ends of the earth flowered sombre under an overcast sky – seemed to lead the heart of an immense darkness.”

Last line of Heart of Darkness

17. The Catcher in the Rye

By J.D Salinger

the catcher in the rye last line

It’s funny. Don’t ever tell anybody anything.If you do, you start missing everybody.”

Last line of The Catcher in the Rye

18. Animal Farm

By George Orwell

animal farm last line

The creature 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.”

Last line of Animal farm

19. Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott

little women last line

Oh, my girl, however long you may live, I never can wish you a great happiness than this.”

Last line of Little Women

20. The Tempest

By William Shakespeare

the tempest last line

As you from crimes would pardon’d be, Let your indulgence set you free.”

Last line of The Tempest

21. Charlotte’s Web

By E.B. White

charlotte's web last line

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”

Last line of Charlotte’s Web

22. To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

to kill a mockingbird last line

He turned out the light and went into Jem’s room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem walked up in the morning.”

Last line of To Kill a Mockingbird

23. A Tales of Two Cities

By Charles Dickens

a tale of two cities last line

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.”

Last line of A Tale of Two Cities

24. Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

frankenstein last line

He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.”

Last Line of Frankenstein

25. Looking for Alaska

By John Green

looking for alaska last line

Thomas Edison’s last word were: It’s very beautiful over there. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope its beautiful.”

Last line of Looking for Alaska

26. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Stephen Chbosky

the perks of being a wallflower last line

So if this does end up being my last letter, please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough. And I will believe the same about you. Love always, Charlie.”

Last line of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

27. Les Misérables

By Victor Hugo

les miserables last line

This stone is entirely blank. The only thought in cutting it was of the essentials of the grave, and there was no other care than to make this stone long enough and narrow enough to cover a man. No name can be read there.”

Last line of Les Misérables

28. Wuthering Heights

By Emily Bronte

wuthering heights last line

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 anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth.”

Last line of Wuthering Heights

29. The Road

By Cormac McCarthy

the road last line

In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.”

Last line of The Road

30. Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn

gone girl last line

I don’t have any thing else to add. I just wanted to make sure I had the last words. I think I’ve earned that.”

Last line of Gone Girl

31. Catch-22

By Joseph Heller

catch 22 last line

The knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off.”

Last line of Catch 22

32. Never Let Me Go

By Anthony Doerr

never let me go last line

I just waited a bit, then turned back to the car, to drive off to wherever it was I suppose to be.”

Last lines of Never Let Me Go

33. The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

the color purple last line

But I don’t think us feel old at all. And us so happy. Matter of fact, I think the youngest us ever felt.”

Last line of The Color Purple

34. Sarah key’s

By Tatiana de Rosnay

sarah keys last line

We sat there for a long time, till the crowd around us thinned, till the sun shifted and the light changed. Till we felt our eyes could meet again, without the tears.”

Last line of Sarah Key’s

35. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By L.Frank Baum

the wonderful wizard of oz last line

From the LAND OF Oz,’ said Dorothy gravely. ‘And here is Toto, too. And oh, Aunt Em! I’m so glad to be at home again.”

Last line of The Wonderland of Oz

36. Lord of the Files

By William Golding

lord of the files last line

He turned away to give them time to pull themselves together; and waited allowing his eyes to rest on the trim cruiser in the distance.”

Last line of Lord of Flies

37. Rebecca

By Daphne Du Maurier

rebecca last line

And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea.”

Last line of Rebecca

38. The Handmaid’s Tale

By Margaret Atwood

the handmaids tale last line

Are there any questions.”

Last line of The Handmaid’s Tale

39. The Kite Runner

By Khaled Hosseini

the kite runner last line

I am with the wind blowing in my face, and a smile as wide as the valley of Panjsher on my lips. I ran.”

Last line of The Kite Runner

40. Of Mice and Men

By John Steinbeck

of mice and men last line

Curley and Carlson looked after them. And Carlson said, ‘Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?”

Last line of Of Mice and Men

41. Middlesex

By Jeffery Eugenides

middlesex last line

I lost track after a while, happy to be home, weeping for my father, and thinking about what was next.”

Last line of Middlesex

42. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain

the adventure of huckleberry finn last line

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 sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before.”

Last line of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

43. The Haunting of Hill House

Shirley Jackson

the haunting of the hill house last line

“Within, walls continued upright, bricks met nearly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”

Last line of The Haunting of the Hill House

44. Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

pride and prejudice last line

With the Gardiners, they were always on the most intimate terms. Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both even sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the person who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them.”

Last line of Pride and Prejudice

45. The Dark Tower

By Stephen King

the dark tower last line

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

Last line of The Dark Tower

46. The Bell Jar

By Sylvia Plath

the bell jar last line

The eyes and faces all turned themselves towards me, and guiding myself by them, as by a magical thread, I stepped into the room.”

Last line of The Bell Jar

47. The Outsiders

By S.E Hinton

the outsiders last line

When I stepped out in the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.”

Last line of The Outsiders

48. Lolita

By Vladimir Nabokov

lolita last line

I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, my Lolita.”

Last line of Lolita

49. Emma

By Jane Austen

emma last line

But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.”

Last line of Emma

50. Where the wild things are

By Maurice Sendak

where the wild things are last line

Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him – and it was still hot.”

Last line of Where the Wild Things Are

Neel Rana

About the Author- Neel Rana is a young adult fiction writer and children’s book author. He is a literary enthusiast and the founder of Pandora Post. Neel holds a degree in BA Honors in English Literature and has been writing since 2017. His magnum opus YA short storybook, “The Drunken Ghost” has been well received by the readers.