Closing Lines, Last Words and Epitaphs of Famous Authors

April 3, 2012

in Classic Authors,Classic Reading,Uncategorized

In the world of eReaders and the digital author, it’s more important than ever to leave a lasting impression on your readers. Today’s writer could take a page from the book of these famous writers who did not go gentle into that good night, but instead went out with a bang. Here are a few classic closing lines, last words, and epitaphs of famous authors.

Closing Lines of Famous Books

  • Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past. – Willa Cather, My Antonia
  • So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
  • Poor Grendel’s had an accident, I whisper. So may you all. – John Gardner, Grendel
  • … And his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.  – James Joyce, Ulysses

Famous Last Words

  • I haven’t had champagne for a long time. – Anton Chekhov
  • Go Away. I’m alright.  – H.G. Wells
  • Lord help my poor soul – Edgar Allen Poe
  • Either that wallpaper goes, or I do. – Oscar Wilde
  • I’ve had 18 straight whiskeys… I think that’s the record. – Dylan Thomas


  • I had a lover’s quarrel with the world. – Robert Frost, Old Bennington Cemetery,  Bennington Vermont
  • Called Back – Emily Dickinson, West Cemetery, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water. – John Keats, Campo Cestio, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Check out more Last Words from 25 Famous Authors from Buzzfeed. Did your favorite author go out in style? Let us know your favorite parting words by leaving your words in the comments.


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