Famous Last Lines in Novels Quiz
by Staff
What writer doesn’t yearn to leave his or her readers clinging to every final word? Can you identify all of these novels from their famous last lines?

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

  • "Invisible Man"
  • "The Grapes of Wrath"
  • "The Great Gatsby"

“Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”

  • "Gone with the Wind"
  • "All This and Heaven Too"
  • "Journey to the End of the Night"

"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"
  • "Vanity Fair"
  • "Under the Volcano"

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

  • "The Broom of the System"
  • "The Flowers of Evil"
  • "The Catcher in the Rye"

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

  • "The Tin Drum"
  • "Things Fall Apart"
  • "Heart of Darkness"

"'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 Plague"
  • "The Good Earth"
  • "Dubliners"

"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."

  • "1984"
  • "Animal Farm"
  • "Charlotte's Web"

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

  • "Pride and Prejudice"
  • "Jane Eyre"
  • "Little Women"

"I don't hate it, he thought, panting in the cold air, the iron New England dark; I don't. I don't! I don't hate it! I don't hate it!"

  • "The Catcher in the Rye"
  • "The Trial"
  • "Absalom, Absalom!"

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

  • "Les Miserables"
  • "A Passage to India"
  • "Memoirs of a Geisha"

"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"
  • "Bleak House"
  • "Oliver Twist"

"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."

  • "An American Tragedy"
  • "Emma"
  • "Jane Eyre"

“As you from crimes would pardoned be, let your indulgence set me free.”

  • "The Tempest"
  • "Oresteia"
  • "Faust"

"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."

  • "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
  • "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
  • "In Search of Lost Time"

"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."

  • "The Big Sleep"
  • "Nostromo"
  • "The Lord of the Flies"

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

  • "Hunger"
  • "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
  • "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"

“Go, my book, and help destroy the world as it is.”

  • "Continental Drift"
  • "Moby-Dick"
  • "Wuthering Heights"

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

  • "The Ambassadors"
  • "A Moveable Feast"
  • "This Side of Paradise"

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

  • "The Wind in the Willows"
  • "Lost Illusions"
  • "The Grapes of Wrath"

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

  • "Dracula"
  • "Frankenstein"
  • "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

"Wait and hope."

  • "The Count of Monte Cristo"
  • "A Visit From the Goon Squad"
  • "The Sun Also Rises"

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

  • "Lord Jim"
  • "Treasure Island"
  • "The Age of Innocence"

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

  • "The Long Goodbye"
  • "Native Son"
  • "The Little Prince"

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

  • "Pale Fire"
  • "Tristam Shandy"
  • "Moby- Dick"

“Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.”

  • "Dead Souls"
  • "The Magic Mountain"
  • "My Antonia"

“No got… C’lom Fliday”

  • "Naked Lunch"
  • "Paradise Lost"
  • "Midnight's Children"

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

  • "To the Lighthouse"
  • "The Idiot"
  • "The Scarlet Letter"

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

  • "Father Goriot"
  • "The Awakening"
  • "The Possessed"

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

  • "American Pastoral"
  • "Of Mice and Men"
  • "All the King's Men"

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

  • "The Charterhouse"
  • "The Castle"
  • "Frankenstein"