-By Emma Bilsborough

Books are so many things. They are comforting, thrilling, joyful, moving, and too many other things to name. The words on the pages of a book can provide us with not only a story, but a new outlook on things, new information, new interests.

To this end, we put some thought to our favourite lines in literature. Beautiful words spoken by beloved characters. Jane Eyre's 'Reader, I married him'. Pride and Prejudice's 'What are men to rocks and mountains?'. East of Eden's 'and now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good'. All of these quotes wonderfully written and placed within our favourite stories.

We decided to put together a list, of not just good lines in literature, but some of our favourite closing lines. The last line of a book lingers in our heads long after we've closed it.

Here are 10 of the best:


"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


"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."

-Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens


"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 Colour Purple, Alice Walker


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

-The Book Thief, Markus Zusak


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

-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J K Rowling


"Are there any questions?"

-The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood


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

-A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway


"An excellent year's progress."

-Bridget Jones' Diary, Helen Fielding


“Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

-The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway


"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


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