22 Brilliant Book Closing Lines That You Definitely Need to Read

You know what they say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover. Wait for the last line instead.” So, here are some last lines that would make you sigh before you click the book shut.


1.The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger

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

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR: I am haunted by humans.”

3. Sula by Tonni Morisson

“It was a fine cry –loud and long– but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.”

 4. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Wolf

“Yes,” she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, “I have had my vision.”

5. Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth

“And he couldn’t do it. He could not fucking die. How could he leave? How could he go? Everything he hated was here.”

6. The Names by Don Delillo

“It was the nightmare of real things, the fallen wonder of the world.”

7. Animal Farm by George Orwell

“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.”

8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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

9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

 “Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper.”

 10. A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

“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.”

11. Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx

“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.”

12. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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

13. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

“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.”

14. The Beach by Alex Garland

“I carry a lot of scars. I like the way that sounds. I carry a lot of scars.”

15. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

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

16. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

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

17. The Stranger by Albert Camus

“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.”

18. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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

19. The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler

“No way has yet been invented to say goodbye to them.”

20. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

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

21. The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan

“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.”

22. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

“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.”