Skip To Content
    Aug 26, 2018

    57 Beautiful Final Lines In Books That'll Send Chills Down Your Spine

    All was well.

    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite closing lines in literature. Here are some of the most beautiful replies.

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by meganhash13

    2. "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

    Suggested by mollykwolchansky

    3. "For never was a story of more woe, Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    Suggested by jennyb4dc61e37f

    4. “‘I know myself,’ he cried, ‘but that is all.’”

    This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Suggested by marissan414e3168d

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by charlottee14

    6. "Too much light has come out of my darkness."

    Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

    Suggested by katelynf4787a7cd3

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

    The Dark Tower by Stephen King

    Suggested by dragonkiya

    8. “I’m a liar and a cheat and a coward, but I will never, ever, rarely let a friend down.”

    The Wheel of Osheim (The Red Queen's War, Book #3) by Mark Lawrence

    Suggested by ashleyc4d1993c2f

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by iamzecapzican

    10. "It occurred to me then that for the first time in as long as I could remember, I had absolutely no desire to log back into the OASIS."

    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

    Suggested by stephysuemorgan

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

    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

    Suggested by lizpingtella

    12. “‘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 (Outlander, Book #5) by Diana Gabaldon

    Suggested by noelleo404153a26

    13. "As you from crimes would pardon'd be, Let your indulgence set me free."

    The Tempest by William Shakespeare

    Suggested by books4rent

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by catcat20

    15. "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."

    Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

    Suggested by daniellam1414

    16. "Are there any questions?"

    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

    Suggested by costine25

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

    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

    Suggested by jenm4dea13044

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by michsnow

    19. "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 by Charles Dickens

    Suggested by varsityme

    20. "Or so Bill Denbrough sometimes thinks on those early mornings after dreaming, when he almost remembers his childhood, and the friends with whom he shared it.”

    It by Stephen King

    Suggested by opalwilds95

    21. "'Darling,' replied Valentine, 'has not the count just told us that all human wisdom is summed up in two words? — 'Wait and hope.'"

    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

    Suggested by amberf5

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by indieseed

    23. “Thomas Edison's last words were: 'It's very beautiful over there.' I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.”

    Looking For Alaska by John Green

    Suggested by gracef4414b7c20

    24. “...that each affects the other and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.”

    The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

    Suggested by toriv493877b48

    25. "And we live on. God help us, we live on."

    Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

    Suggested by kjerstia2

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by beezkneez

    27. "And for once I didn’t look back."

    The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and The Olympians, Book #5) by Rick Riordan

    Suggested by sofia112704

    28. “After all...tomorrow is another day.”

    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    Suggested by evlynvanderv

    29. "P.P.S. Please if you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard…"

    Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

    Suggested by trulyamindlost

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by samanthad44ea8902b

    31. "Now I understand that the same road was to bring us together again. Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past."

    My Ántonia by Willa Cather

    Suggested by juleigha

    32. “She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”

    Stardust by Neil Gaiman

    Suggested bykitaz

    33. "The class met on Tuesdays. No books were required. The subject was the meaning of life. It was taught from experience. The teaching goes on."

    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

    Suggested by janaawadaxx

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by jessis482c08fe9

    35. "For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate."

    The Stranger by Albert Camus

    Suggested by viciousxvenom

    36. “We would have been safe.”

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

    Suggested by c4dc3e6193

    37. “She looked up and across the barn, and her lips came together and smiled mysteriously.”

    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

    Suggested by breannak48f801e3f

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by bittylawhead

    39. "...happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain."

    Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

    Suggested by sarahs4a0011802

    40. “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.”

    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

    Suggested by emilytheit

    41. "But now I know that our world is no more permanent than a wave rising on the ocean. 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 by Arthur Golden

    Suggested by ricaj4b1c6c164

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by shawny87

    43. “There is ebb and flow. Leaving and coming. Flight and fall. Sing and silent. Reaching and reached.”

    Reached (Matched, Book #3) by Ally Condie

    Suggested by ritab4e20e53b4

    44. “A part of me lies buried in lace and roses on a riverbank in France — a part of me is broken off forever. A part of me will always be unflyable, stuck in the climb.”

    Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

    Suggested by booksandrain

    45. “And that might be the subject of a new story but our present story is over.”

    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Suggested by meghanc443778f9c

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by jamieadamg

    47. “I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.”

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

    Suggested by phishqueen

    48. "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 by Harper Lee

    Suggested by dreamer45688

    49. “But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia 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."

    The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book #7) by C.S. Lewis

    Suggested by katherinec33

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by g42c2a3f22

    51. "They had an ordinary life, full of ordinary things — if love can ever be called that."

    Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, Book #3) by Leigh Bardugo

    Suggested by hannahcroft

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

    East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    Suggested by jillannk3

    53. "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 by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Suggested by brib426c98cbe

    Getty Images / Via Ehis Osifo via BuzzFeed

    Suggested by lizetteramirezmiranda

    55. "'Stories are light,' Gregory the jailer told Despereaux. Reader, I hope you have found some light here."

    The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

    Suggested by nikkil28

    56. “I don’t have anything else to add. I just wanted to make sure I had the last word. I think I’ve earned that.”

    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

    Suggested iheat

    57. "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.

    Amen."

    The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    Suggested by bluesprkle001

    Want great book recommendations in your inbox every week? Sign up for the BuzzFeed Books newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form