Famous Last Words

Can you identify a work by its concluding lines? Give it a try! When you’re done, scroll down to see the answers.

Famous Last Words

1. “Good God!—people don’t do such things.”

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

3.  “He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.”


4.  “Old father, old artificer, stand me now and ever in good stead.”

5.  “Come, children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.”

6.  A way a lone a last a loved a long the”

7.  “The knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off.”

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

9.  “Go, bid the soldiers shoot.”

10.  “After all, tomorrow is another day.”

11. “Not by combining together, to protect injustice and cruelty, and making a common capital of sin, is this Union to be saved, — but by repentance, justice and mercy; for, not surer is the eternal law by which the millstone sinks in the ocean, than that stronger law, by which injustice and cruelty shall bring on nations the wrath of Almighty God!”

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

13.  “And Athena handed down her pacts of peace between both sides for all the years to come – the daughter of Zeus whose shield is storm and thunder, yes, but the goddess still kept Mentor’s build and voice.”

14.  “But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.”

15.  “‘Meet Mrs Bundren,’ he says.”

16.  “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.”

17.  “Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?”

18.  “‘Shut up, Bobby Lee,’ The Misfit said. ‘It’s no real pleasure in life.’”

19.  “P.S. Sorry I forgot to give you the mayonnaise.”

20.  “This is the difference between this and that.”

21.  “It is not often someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”















1. Henrik Ibsen, Hedda Gabler

2. Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

3. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

4. James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

5. William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

6. James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake

7. Joseph Heller, Catch-22

8. J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

9. William Shakespeare, Hamlet

10.  Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

11.  Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

12.  Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

13.  Homer, The Odyssey (tr. Robert Fagles)

14.  John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

15.  William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

16.  Elie Wiesel, Night

17.  Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

18.  Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

19.  Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America

20.  Gertrude Stein, A Novel of Thank You

21.  E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web [This one was a gimme.]

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