I am constantly looking at opening lines because the ones that make the best lists are so glorious that I've picked up some books because of them. But it's a lot harder to find the lists with the best closing lines.
It took me a moment of wading through some bad lists to realize I thought they were bad or they were lacking something because I hadn't read the books yet.
So I picked my favorites. In no particular order:
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 any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.
BEFORE I DIE
Adam strokes my head, my face, he kisses my tears.
We are blessed.
Let them all go.
The sound of a bird flying low across the garden. Then nothing. Nothing. A cloud passes. Nothing again. Light falls through the window, falls onto me, into me.
All gathering towards this one.
THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND
"When I take you on board the Witch, it's going to be for keeps."
THE KITE RUNNER
For you, a thousand times over.
I know I am forgetting a few but these are the ones that have always stuck to me.
I think the last lines that stay with us are so telling about what we like, but dude, they're so nice.