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2012-12-31 07:29:42 AM
Peanuts
Snoopy
"It was a dark and stormy night."

Yeah, yeah, i know, not last words.
 
2012-12-31 07:35:40 AM
"He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning."

/the "Michael Jordan's last shot as a Bull" of literature
 
2012-12-31 07:39:39 AM
YANKEE ROSE.
 
2012-12-31 08:06:22 AM
Kirk smiled at Spock and said, "Give it a tug to the right, and straight on till morning."

- Slashfic
 
2012-12-31 08:12:18 AM
Thanks for the spoiler warning NPR, JEEZ!
 
2012-12-31 08:12:23 AM
Was ready to complain if The Great Gatsby and The Good Earth weren't on the list. Now I don't know what to put here.
 
2012-12-31 08:14:01 AM
The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.
 
2012-12-31 08:16:32 AM

Carth: Was ready to complain if The Great Gatsby and The Good Earth weren't on the list. Now I don't know what to put here.


A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Arguably *the* most famous last lines
 
2012-12-31 08:18:51 AM
Both Gatsby and Hill House? Author made a good list.
 
2012-12-31 08:19:05 AM
I felt like a monster reincarnation of Horatio Alger...a man on the move, and just sick enough to be totally confident.
 
2012-12-31 08:19:14 AM
"It wasn't until six hours later that they took him down"

Apt Pupil
 
2012-12-31 08:25:17 AM
The End.

/'tis
 
2012-12-31 08:30:40 AM
"And then we continued blissfully into this small but perfect piece of our forever."
 
2012-12-31 08:31:07 AM
"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."
 
2012-12-31 08:32:37 AM
The knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off.
 
2012-12-31 08:35:39 AM

KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.


That's a great opening line, but as a closing line, it's lazy and unsatisfying, especially coming of the heels of three books obviously written to just get it the fark over with.
 
2012-12-31 08:35:56 AM
Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east. ...
 
2012-12-31 08:37:23 AM
May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen.
 
2012-12-31 08:38:44 AM
"So [said the doctor]. Now vee may perhaps to begin. Yes?"
 
2012-12-31 08:39:56 AM
"Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east. ..."
 
2012-12-31 08:41:15 AM
"...and so like I said earlier, 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'."
 
2012-12-31 08:41:28 AM
"Poo-Tee-Weet"
 
2012-12-31 08:41:32 AM
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.


/I lied, that was a horrible last line.
 
exi
2012-12-31 08:42:26 AM
"He stared gratefully at the back of Myrna's head, at the pigtail that swung innocently at his knee. Gratefully. How ironic, Ignatius thought. Taking the pigtail in one of his paws, he pressed it warmly to his wet moustache."
 
2012-12-31 08:46:07 AM

SevenizGud: May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen.


Kingdom Come?
 
2012-12-31 08:46:19 AM

BillCo: Peanuts
Snoopy
"It He was a dark and stormy night knight."

Yeah, yeah, i know, not last words.

 
2012-12-31 08:46:20 AM
His feet are light and nimble. He never sleeps. He says that he will never die. He dances in light and in shadow and he is a great favorite. He never sleeps, the judge. He is dancing, dancing. He says that he will never die.
 
2012-12-31 08:47:18 AM
Poems seem to have better, and more famous last lines. "Shantih shantih shantih", " Rage, rage against the dying of the light. "This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.", "I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." etc.

I guess it is more important to make every line count when you aren't dealing with a few hundred pages.
 
2012-12-31 08:49:01 AM
Each night, when practice is over and I'm driving home through the streets of Charleston, I ride with the top down on my Volkswagen convertible. It is always dark and the air is crisp with autumn and the wind is rushing through my hair. At the top of the bridge with the stars shining above the harbor, I look to the north and wish again that there were two lives apportioned to every man and woman. Behind me the city of Charleston simmers in the old elixirs of its own incalculable beauty and before me my wife and children are waiting for me to arrive home. It is in their eyes that I acknowledge my real life, my destiny. But it is the secret life that sustains me now, and as I reach the top of that bridge I say it in a whisper, I say it as a prayer, as regret, and as praise. I can't tell you why I do it or what it means, but each night when I drive home to my southern home and my southern life, I whisper theses words: "Lowenstein, Lowenstein."

/Prince of Tides
 
2012-12-31 08:49:44 AM

WippitGuud: The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.


/I lied, that was a horrible last line.


KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

 
2012-12-31 08:51:41 AM
"And he leaned down to press his cold lips once more to my throat."
 
2012-12-31 08:51:49 AM

WippitGuud: The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.


/I lied, that was a horrible last line.


t3knomanser: KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

That's a great opening line, but as a closing line, it's lazy and unsatisfying, especially coming of the heels of three books obviously written to just get it the fark over with.


KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.


Second try -

Ka is a wheel. It continues to turn as does the tale. I thought it was an appropriate ending.
 
2012-12-31 08:52:30 AM

Solon Isonomia: "Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east. ..."


Brave New World?
 
2012-12-31 08:52:36 AM

t3knomanser: KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

That's a great opening line, but as a closing line, it's lazy and unsatisfying, especially coming of the heels of three books obviously written to just get it the fark over with.


I thought it was a fitting end. Remember, it's not the destination, it's the journey
 
2012-12-31 08:57:14 AM
Most of my literary attempts end along the lines of "Suck it baby, suck it real good".

/ DeVry changed my life
// education is everything
 
2012-12-31 09:02:58 AM
He loved Big Brother.
 
2012-12-31 09:07:36 AM
"I am legend."

Gives me chills every time I read it.
 
2012-12-31 09:07:57 AM
And it was all just a dream.

No wait, that's the worst last line you can write.
 
2012-12-31 09:08:28 AM

JinxofSpades: Solon Isonomia: "Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east. ..."

Brave New World?


Yep... Always found it rather jarring.
 
2012-12-31 09:08:54 AM

KingKauff: Remember, it's not the destination, it's the journey


Anderson's Pooper: Ka is a wheel. It continues to turn as does the tale. I thought it was an appropriate ending.


The issue isn't the looping story- it's how we got there. It was the journey that got bad.

The first three books established a hallucinatory mysterybox of a world. Most important, it was as mysterious to the characters as it was to us. We watched characters grow and change... and then we stumbled into a section of action-movie sequences and authoral self-insertions. The mystery waned, the plot moved forward, characters were killed off, not because there was a good reason to do so, but because they had to die to reach the conclusion the author had chosen early on.
 
2012-12-31 09:09:25 AM

bale: "I am legend."

Gives me chills every time I read it.


In the context of the original short story, oh hells yes.
 
2012-12-31 09:10:18 AM
While we, Chani, we who carry the name concubine - history will call us wives.
 
2012-12-31 09:13:22 AM
The greatest last lines in literature

FTFY Subby, Garp was crap.
 
2012-12-31 09:15:02 AM
I do so like
green eggs and ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,
Sam-I-am
 
2012-12-31 09:15:07 AM
"Well, I'm back."
 
2012-12-31 09:15:26 AM

rocinante721: A TALE OF TWO CITIES


"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."
 
2012-12-31 09:17:49 AM
"He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."

George Orwell, "1984"
 
2012-12-31 09:22:12 AM
"May the undeserved kindness of the Lord Jesus Christ be with the holy ones".

/What a prickish thing to say.
 
2012-12-31 09:25:02 AM

nharrisphoto: "Well, I'm back."


Done.
 
2012-12-31 09:25:05 AM
"His eyes closed and he slept".

John Steinbeck, "East of Eden"
 
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