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The Best 100 Closing Lines From Books

The best 100 closing lines from books

Our favourite last lines from literature

Don't judge a book by its cover - instead, try and wait for the last line.

Following our massively popular and lovingly selected list of the 100 best opening lines from books, it's now time for the closing lines to shine. Because, whilst the beginning of a book may get all the glory, it's the ending that really stays with you. A vague last line casts a shadow over the entire novel, whereas a powerful and poignant one will keep you wondering for weeks to come.

From classics such as George Orwell's Animal Farm to L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Jung Chang's Wild Swans, we've scoured the Stylist book shelf for the best closing lines (or, in some cases to give context, the best final few lines) ever written. If you don't want to know a book you're yet to read's final thought, look away now...

Click an image to launch the gallery. What's your favourite from our list? Perhaps we've missed a great closing line? Either way, let us know in the comments section below.

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  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    "So we beat on, boats against the current,… More details

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

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

    The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald

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  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    "After all, tomorrow is another… More details

    Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    "After all, tomorrow is another day."

    Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    "He turned out the light and went into Jem's… More details

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    "He turned out the light and went into Jem's room. 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 Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    "The eyes and faces all turned themselves… More details

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

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

    The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

  • Animal Farm

    Animal Farm

    "The creatures outside looked from pig to… More details

    Animal Farm

    Animal Farm

    "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

  • Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    "Very few castaways can claim to have… More details

    Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    "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

  • The House At Pooh Corner

    The House At Pooh Corner

    "But wherever they go, and whatever happens… More details

    The House At Pooh Corner

    The House At Pooh Corner

    "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

  •  The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife

    "He is coming, and I am here." The Time… More details

     The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife

    "He is coming, and I am here."

    The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

  • The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    "The old man was dreaming about the… More details

    The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    "The old man was dreaming about the lions."

    The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    "Whatever our struggles and triumphs,… More details

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    "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

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  • Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    "With the Gardiners, they were always on the… More details

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

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

    Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

  • P.S. I Love You

    P.S. I Love You

    "In the meantime, she would just… More details

    P.S. I Love You

    P.S. I Love You

    "In the meantime, she would just live."

    P.S. I Love You, Cecelia Ahern

  • 1984

    1984

    "He loved Big Brother." 1984, George… More details

    1984

    1984

    "He loved Big Brother."

    1984, George Orwell

  • Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte's Web

    "It is not often that someone comes along… More details

    Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte's Web

    "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

  • The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    "It's funny. Don’t ever tell anybody… More details

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

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

    The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya…

    "For Siddalee Walker, the need to understand… More details

    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

    "For Siddalee Walker, the need to understand has passed, at least for the moment. All that was left was love and wonder."

    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells

  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    "And so farewell from your little droog. And… More details

    A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    "And so farewell from your little droog. And to all others in this story profound shooms of lip-music brrrrr. And they can kiss my sharries. But you, O my brothers, remember sometimes thy little Alex that was. Amen. And all that cal."

    A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

  • A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    "It is a far, far better thing that I do,… More details

    A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    "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

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    "Later on he will understand how some men so… More details

    Dracula

    Dracula

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

    Dracula, Bram Stoker

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are

    "Max stepped into his private boat and waved… More details

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are

    "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."

    Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

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  • The End of the Affair

    The End of the Affair

    "I wrote at the start that this was a record… More details

    The End of the Affair

    The End of the Affair

    "I wrote at the start that this was a record of hate, and walking there beside Henry towards the evening glass of beer, I found the one prayer that seemed to serve the winter mood: O God, You've done enough, You've robbed me of enough, I'm too tired and old to learn to love, leave me alone forever."

    The End of the Affair, Graham Greene

  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    "But I don't think us feel old at all. And… More details

    The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

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

    The Color Purple, Alice Walker

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    The Unbearable Lightness of…

    "Up out of the lampshade, startled by the… More details

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    "Up out of the lampshade, startled by the overhead light, flew a large nocturnal butterfly that began circling the room. The strains of the piano and violin rose up weakly from below."

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

  • Wild Swans

    Wild Swans

    "As I left China farther and farther behind,… More details

    Wild Swans

    Wild Swans

    "As I left China farther and farther behind, I looked out of the window and saw a great universe beyond the plane's silver wing. I took one more glance over my past life, then turned to the future. I was eager to embrace the world."

    Wild Swans, Jung Chang

  • Origin of Species

    Origin of Species

    "There is grandeur in this view of life,… More details

    Origin of Species

    Origin of Species

    "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved."

    Origin of Species, Charles Darwin

  • Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain

    "There was some open space between what he… More details

    Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain

    "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

  • The Makioka Sisters

    The Makioka Sisters

    "Yukiko's diarrhoea persisted through the… More details

    The Makioka Sisters

    The Makioka Sisters

    "Yukiko's diarrhoea persisted through the twenty-sixth, and was a problem on the train to Tokyo."

    The Makioka Sisters, Junichiro Tanizaki

  • Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment

    "But that is the beginning of a new story -… More details

    Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment

    "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."

    Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Like Water for Chocolate

    Like Water for Chocolate

    "How wonderful the flavor, the aroma of her… More details

    Like Water for Chocolate

    Like Water for Chocolate

    "How wonderful the flavor, the aroma of her kitchen, her stories as she prepared the meal, her Christmas Rolls! I don't know why mine never turn out like hers, or why my tears flow so freely when I prepare them - perhaps I am as sensitive to onions as Tita, my great-aunt, who will go on living as long as there is someone who cooks her recipes."

    Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    "Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I… More details

    Little Women

    Little Women

    "Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this."

    Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

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  • Sarah's Key

    Sarah's Key

    "We sat there for a long time, till the… More details

    Sarah's Key

    Sarah's Key

    "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."

    Sarah's Key, Tatiana de Rosnay

  •  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    "'From the Land of Oz,' said Dorothy… More details

     The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    "'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!'"

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

  • The Book Thief

    The Book Thief

    "A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR. I am… More details

    The Book Thief

    The Book Thief

    "A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR. I am haunted by humans."

    The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

  • The Awakening

    The Awakening

    "There was the hum of bees, and the musky… More details

    The Awakening

    The Awakening

    "There was the hum of bees, and the musky odor of pinks filled the air."

    The Awakening, Kate Chopin

  • The Beach

    The Beach

    "I'm fine. I have bad dreams but I never saw… More details

    The Beach

    The Beach

    "I'm fine. I have bad dreams but I never saw Mister Duck again. I play video games. I smoke a little dope. I got my thousand-yard stare. I carry a lot of scars. I like the way that sounds. I carry a lot of scars."

    The Beach, Alex Garland

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Harry Potter and the Deathl…

    "The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen… More details

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    "He was soon borne away 
by the waves and… More details

    Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

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

    Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

  • Watership Down

    Watership Down

    "He reached the top of the bank in a single,… More details

    Watership Down

    Watership Down

    "He reached the top of the bank in a single, powerful leap. Hazel followed; and together they slipped away, running easily down through the wood, where the first primroses were beginning to bloom."

    Watership Down, Richard Adams

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    "And the ashes blew towards us with the salt… More details

    Rebecca

    Rebecca

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

    Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

  • The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    "Are there any questions?" The… More details

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    "Are there any questions?"

    The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

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  • Moby Dick

    Moby Dick

    "It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in… More details

    Moby Dick

    Moby Dick

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

    Moby Dick, Herman Melville

  • The Kite Runner

    The Kite Runner

    "I ran with the wind blowing in my face, and… More details

    The Kite Runner

    The Kite Runner

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

    The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    "For all to be accomplished, for me to feel… More details

    The Stranger

    The Stranger

    "For all to be accomplished, for me to feel less lonely, all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration."

    The Stranger, Albert Camus

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hor…

    "She opened the door wide and let him into… More details

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

    "She opened the door wide and let him into her life again."

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson

  • Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men

    "Curley and Carlson looked after them. And… More details

    Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men

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

    Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

  • Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    "I just waited a bit, then turned back to… More details

    Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

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

    Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Moll Flanders

    Moll Flanders

    "My husband remained there some time after… More details

    Moll Flanders

    Moll Flanders

    "My husband remained there some time after me to settle our affairs, and at first I had intended to go back to him, but at his desire I altered that resolution, and he is come over to England also, where we resolve to spend the remainder of our years in sincere penitence for the wicked lives we have lived."

    Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe

  • The Devil Wears Prada

    The Devil Wears Prada

    "And then, while the pretty brunette girl… More details

    The Devil Wears Prada

    The Devil Wears Prada

    "And then, while the pretty brunette girl finished singing her verse, he buzzed me through like I was someone who mattered."

    The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger

  • The Green Mile

    The Green Mile

    "We each owe a death, there are no… More details

    The Green Mile

    The Green Mile

    "We each owe a death, there are no exceptions, I know that, but sometimes, oh God, the Green Mile is so long."

    The Green Mile, Stephen King

  • The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    "At that, as if it had been the signal he… More details

    The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    "At that, as if it had been the signal he waited for, Newland Archer got up slowly and walked back alone to his hotel."

    The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

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  • The Cellist of Sarajevo

    The Cellist of Sarajevo

    "Her lips move and a moment before the door… More details

    The Cellist of Sarajevo

    The Cellist of Sarajevo

    "Her lips move and a moment before the door splinters off its hinges she says, her voice strong and quiet, 'My name is Alisa.'"

    The Cellist of Sarajevo, Steven Galloway

  • Middlesex

    Middlesex

    "I lost track after a while, happy to be… More details

    Middlesex

    Middlesex

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

    Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides

  • Suite Francaise

    Suite Francaise

    "The men began singing, a grave, slow song… More details

    Suite Francaise

    Suite Francaise

    "The men began singing, a grave, slow song that drifted away into the night. Soon the road was empty. All that remained of the German regiment was a little cloud of dust."

    Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky

  • A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

    A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

    "Valcourt is at peace with himself." A… More details

    A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

    A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

    "Valcourt is at peace with himself."

    A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali, Gil Courtemanche

  • The Fiery Cross

    The Fiery Cross

    "'When the day shall come, that we do part,'… More details

    The Fiery Cross

    The Fiery Cross

    "'When the day shall come, that we do part,' he said softly, and turned to look at me, 'if my last words are not ‘I love you’ – ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.'"

    The Fiery Cross, Diana Gabaldon

  • Chocolat

    Chocolat

    "She closes her eyes again and I begin to… More details

    Chocolat

    Chocolat

    "She closes her eyes again and I begin to sing softly:

    '''V'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent

    V'la l'bon vent, ma mie m'appelle.'''

    Hoping that this time it will remain a lullaby. That this time the wind will not hear. That this time - please just this once - it will leave without us."

    Chocolat, Joanne Harris

  • Catch-22

    Catch-22

    "The knife came down, missing him by inches,… More details

    Catch-22

    Catch-22

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

    Catch-22, Joseph Heller

  • Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    "I lingered round them, under that benign… More details

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    "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."

    Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

  • The Hand That First Held Mine

    The Hand That First Held Mine

    "His body stirs beneath the sheets. He… More details

    The Hand That First Held Mine

    The Hand That First Held Mine

    "His body stirs beneath the sheets. He twists his head from one side to the other. His eyes, she sees, are open. Then she feels a pressure on her hand and he speaks his first words for a week. 'Keep going, El,' he says, 'Keep going.' And so she does."

    The Hand That First Held Mine, Maggie O'Farrell

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ''I never saw any of them again — except the… More details

    The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ''I never saw any of them again — except the cops. No way has yet been invented to say goodbye to them."

    The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler

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  • Winter in Madrid

    Winter in Madrid

    "She watched as Sandy Forsyth walked across… More details

    Winter in Madrid

    Winter in Madrid

    "She watched as Sandy Forsyth walked across the talmac towards them, smiling like an eager curious schoolboy as he lifted his face to the sunny English afternoon."

    Winter in Madrid, C. J. Sansom

  • The Pianist

    The Pianist

    "I went on my way. A stormy wind rattled the… More details

    The Pianist

    The Pianist

    "I went on my way. A stormy wind rattled the scrap-iron in the ruins, whistling and howling through the charred cavities of the windows. Twilight came on. Snow fell from the darkening, leaden sky."

    The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945, Wladyslaw Szpilman

  • Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

    Don't Let's Go to the Dogs …

    "This is not a full circle. It's Life… More details

    Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

    Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

    "This is not a full circle. It's Life carrying on. It's the next breath we all take. It's the choice we make to get on with it."

    Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, Alexandra Fuller

  • Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children

    "Yes, they will trample me underfoot, the… More details

    Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children

    "Yes, they will trample me underfoot, the numbers marching one two three, four hundred million five hundred six, reducing me to specks of voiceless dust, just as, in all good time, they will trample my son who is not my son, and his son who will not be his, and his who will not be his, until the thousand and first generation, until a thousand and one midnights have bestowed their terrible gifts and a thousand and one children have died, because it is the privilege and the curse of midnight’s children to be both masters and victims of their times, to forsake privacy and be sucked into the annihilating whirlpool of the multitudes, and to be unable to live or die in peace."

    Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

  • A Hundred and One Days

    A Hundred and One Days

    "The white floodlight shines through the… More details

    A Hundred and One Days

    A Hundred and One Days

    "The white floodlight shines through the wispy tule and makes thin shadows. A sudden breeze over the Tigris forms a tiny whirlwind. It floats through the balcony doors and makes the curtains dance."

    A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal, Asne Seierstad

  • Cider With Rosie

    Cider With Rosie

    "It was then that I began to sit on my bed… More details

    Cider With Rosie

    Cider With Rosie

    "It was then that I began to sit on my bed and stare out at the nibbling squirrels, and to make up powems from intense abstraction, hour after unmarked hour, imagination scarcely faltering once, rhythm hardly skipping a beat, while sisters called me, suns rose and fell, and the poems I made, which I never remembered, were the first and last of that time…"

    Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee

  • Vile Bodies

    Vile Bodies

    "And presently, like a circling typhoon, the… More details

    Vile Bodies

    Vile Bodies

    "And presently, like a circling typhoon, the sounds of battle began to return."

    Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh

  • The House Of The Spirits

    The House Of The Spirits

    "It begins like this: Barrabás came to us… More details

    The House Of The Spirits

    The House Of The Spirits

    "It begins like this: Barrabás came to us by sea…"

    The House Of The Spirits, Isabel Allende

  • Madame Bovary

    Madame Bovary

    "He now has more patients than the devil… More details

    Madame Bovary

    Madame Bovary

    "He now has more patients than the devil himself could handle; the authorities treat him with deference and public opinion supports him. He has just been awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honor."

    Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    "But the naming game involves only male… More details

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    "But the naming game involves only male names, because if it's a girl, Laila has already named her."

    A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

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  • A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast

    "But this is how Paris was in the early days… More details

    A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast

    "But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy."

    A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

  • Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    "He turned away to give them time to pull… More details

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    "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."

    Lord of the Flies, William Golding

  • Breaking Dawn

    Breaking Dawn

    "And then we continued blissfully into this… More details

    Breaking Dawn

    Breaking Dawn

    "And then we continued blissfully into this small but perfect piece of our forever."

    Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    "She looked up and across the barn, and her… More details

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    "She looked up and across the barn, and her lips came together and smiled mysteriously."

    The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

  • The Kitchen God's Wife

    The Kitchen God's Wife

    "Of course, it's only superstition, just for… More details

    The Kitchen God's Wife

    The Kitchen God's Wife

    "Of course, it's only superstition, just for fun. But see how fast the smoke rises--oh, even faster when we laugh, lifting our hopes, higher and higher."

    The Kitchen God's Wife, Amy Tan

  • The Hours

    The Hours

    "And here she is, herself, Clarissa, not… More details

    The Hours

    The Hours

    "And here she is, herself, Clarissa, not Mrs. Dalloway anymore; there is no one now to call her that. Here she is with another hour before her. 'Come in, Mrs. Brown,' she says. 'Everything's ready.'"

    The Hours, Michael Cunningham

  • The Sound and the Fury

    The Sound and the Fury

    "The broken flower drooped over Ben's fist… More details

    The Sound and the Fury

    The Sound and the Fury

    "The broken flower drooped over Ben's fist and his eyes were empty and blue and serene again as cornice and facade flowed smoothly once more from left to right, post and tree, window and doorway and signboard each in its ordered place."

    The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner

  • The Good Earth

    The Good Earth

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    The Good Earth

    "'Rest assured, our father, rest assured. The land is not to be sold.' But over the old man's head they looked at each other and smiled."

    The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck

  • Les Miserables

    Les Miserables

    "This stone is entirely blank. The only… More details

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    Les Miserables

    "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."

    Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

  • Brave New World

    Brave New World

    "Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried… More details

    Brave New World

    Brave New World

    "Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east ... "

    Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

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  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    "I got to light out for the Territory ahead… More details

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    "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."

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

  • Atonement

    Atonement

    "But now I must sleep." Atonement, Ian… More details

    Atonement

    Atonement

    "But now I must sleep."

    Atonement, Ian McEwan

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonde…

    "Lastly, she pictured to herself how this… More details

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    "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."

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    Perfume: The Story of a Mur…

    "When they finally did dare it, at first… More details

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    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    "When they finally did dare it, at first with stolen glances then candid ones, they had to smile. They were uncommonly proud. For the first time they had done something out of Love."

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Süskind

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Artist as…

    "Old father, old artificer, stand me now and… More details

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    "Old father, old artificer, stand me now and ever in good stead."

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

  • Bridget Jones’s Diary

    Bridget Jones’s Diary

    "An excellent year's progress." Bridget… More details

    Bridget Jones’s Diary

    Bridget Jones’s Diary

    "An excellent year's progress."

    Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding

  • Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables

    "'God's in his heaven, all’s right with… More details

    Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables

    "'God's in his heaven, all’s right with the world,' whispered Anne softly."

    Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • Man and Wife

    Man and Wife

    "And so we stayed out in the garden of the… More details

    Man and Wife

    Man and Wife

    "And so we stayed out in the garden of the old house until we couldn’t see to kick a ball, laughing in the gathering twilight, my mother and son, my wife and our daughter, making the most of the good weather and all the days that were left, our little game watched only by next door’s cat, and every star in the heavens."

    Man and Wife, Tony Parsons

  • Norwegian Wood

    Norwegian Wood

    "Again and again I called out for Midori… More details

    Norwegian Wood

    Norwegian Wood

    "Again and again I called out for Midori from the dead centre of this place that was no place."

    Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

  • Emma

    Emma

    "But, in spite of these deficiencies, the… More details

    Emma

    Emma

    "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."

    Emma, Jane Austen

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  • Slaughterhouse-Five

    Slaughterhouse-Five

    "One bird said to Billy Pilgrim,… More details

    Slaughterhouse-Five

    Slaughterhouse-Five

    "One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, 'Poo-tee-weet?'"

    Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

  • White Teeth

    White Teeth

    "Archie, for one, watched the mouse. He… More details

    White Teeth

    White Teeth

    "Archie, for one, watched the mouse. He watched it stand very still for a second with a smug look as if it exepcted nothing less. He watched it scurry away, over his hand. He watched it dash along the table and through the hands of those who wished to pin it down. He watched it leap off the end and disappear through an air vent. Go on my son! thought Archie."

    White Teeth, Zadie Smith

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    "Might I trouble you then to be ready in… More details

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    "Might I trouble you then to be ready in half an hour, and we can stop at Marcini’s for a little dinner on the way?"

    The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Any Human Heart

    Any Human Heart

    "My personal rollercoaster. Not so much a… More details

    Any Human Heart

    Any Human Heart

    "My personal rollercoaster. Not so much a rollercoaster - a rollercoaster's too smooth - a yo-yo rather - a jerking, spinning toy in the hands of a maladroit child, more like, trying too hard, too impatiently eager to learn how to operate his new yo-yo."

    Any Human Heart, William Boyd

  • The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones

    "I wish you all a long and happy… More details

    The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones

    "I wish you all a long and happy life."

    The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

  • Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness

    "The offing was barred by a black bank of… More details

    Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness

    "The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the utmost ends of the earth flowed sombre under an overcast sky — seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness."

    Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

  • The Outcast

    The Outcast

    "He didn't think about it, he went straight… More details

    The Outcast