Famous Last Lines in Novels Quiz


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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.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the lives of people on 1920s Long Island in "The Great Gatsby."


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

Scarlett O'Hara is at her most delusional in the last line of "Gone with the Wind."


"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."

Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize and undying acclaim for her Southern epic "To Kill a Mockingbird."


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

Holden Caulfield skulks around New York in J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye," published in 1951.


“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.”

Joseph Conrad takes his readers into Africa and into "Heart of Darkness," which blurs the line between brutality and humanity.


"'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."

Thanks in large part to "The Good Earth," Pearl S. Buck won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932.


"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."

Cruel dictators are really, really bad. That's one of the takeaways from George Orwell's "Animal Farm."


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

"Little Women" was published in two separate installments in the late 1860s by Louisa May Alcott.


"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!"

Plantation society and culture are analyzed in, "Absalom, Absalom!" by William Faulkner.


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

The 1997 book "Memoirs of a Geisha" was made into a 2005 film that was filmed mostly in California.


"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."

Charles Dickens' 1859 book, "A Tale of Two Cities," starts with "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…"


"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" by Jane Austen begins by explaining that Emma is "handsome, clever and rich."


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

"The Tempest" by William Shakespeare has become a touchstone of sorts for many works of art since it was penned in the 1600s.


"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."

American satire took on new heights in Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."


"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."

Kids embrace savagery in "Lord of the Flies," published in 1954.


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

This 1916 novel by James Joyce showed a man named Stephen Dedalus as he explores his humanity.


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

Russell Banks won the Dos Passos Prize for Literature for his "Continental Drift."


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

Ernest Hemingway's memoir, "A Moveable Feast," recounts his early experiences and wasn't published until after he died.


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

The Great Depression comes to life in horrible and wonderful ways in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath."


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

Count "Dracula" looks for fresh victims in Bram Stoker's iconic 1897 novel.


"Wait and hope."

Vengeance meets collateral damage galore in "The Count of Monte Cristo," by Alexander Dumas.


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

Edith Wharton was the first woman ever to win the Pulitzer Prize when "The Age of Innocence" was published in 1920.


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

As his wife withered from terminal illness, Raymond Chandler wrote, "The Long Goodbye" a tortured gem.


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

"Moby-Dick" was a flop during Herman Melville's lifetime but became an American classic.


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

Willa Cather used Nebraska pioneers to bring the American West to life in "My Antonia."


“No got… C’lom Fliday”

Substance abuse (and odd phrasing) runs rampant in William S. Burroughs' "Naked Lunch."


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

Virginia Woolf deploys a stream-of-consciousness style for 1927's "To the Lighthouse."


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

"The Awakening" was more than a book; it was a new set of ideas regarding women's roles in society in the late 1800s.


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

John Steinbeck held back nothing in his often challenging "Of Mice and Men,' published in 1937.


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

Mary Shelley wasn't even out of her teens when she wrote "Frankenstein," a story that would long outlive her.


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