Whilst the majority of famous quotations come from a huge variety of sources, whether books, popular media, or perhaps are records of speeches, many famous quotations are the first, or indeed last, line of books. Here we list some of the most famous last lines which have been immortalised over time:
"With the Gardiners, they were always on the most intimate terms. Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them."
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
"I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth."
- Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
"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, A Tale of Two Cities
"But that is the beginning of a new story - the story of the gradual renewal of a man, the story of his gradual regeneration, of his passing from one world into another, of his initiation into a new unknown life. That might be the subject of a new story, but our present story is ended."
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
"They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way."
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
"So thanks to all at once and to each one,
Whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone."
- William Shakespeare, Macbeth
"Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardoned, and some punished;
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
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