I love writing. Whether it’s a story or an opinion or a recollection of an experience I just love it. Sometimes I put my heart and soul into writing something I know no one will read and that’s how you know you do it for the joy. But when it comes to reaching an ending I always struggle to tie up all the loose ends and tuck it away nicely.

I also love to read. I get so involved and invested in the books I read that I often look up from the couch or the train seat or chair and find myself feeling truly angry that the world around me continues to spin when the world I’m reading about is falling apart.

But there’s nothing worse than getting to the end of the story only to find a truly disappointing ending. You feel cheated and let down when questions aren’t answered and the story just falls off a cliff into nothingness.

Here are some of the loveliest final lines ever written to feed your soul:

1. “I don’t know if he’s right, but I do know that I spent a long time existing, and now, I intend to live.”— The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

2. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” — The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

3. “This is not a full circle. It’s Life carrying on. It’s the next breath we all take. It’s the choice we make to get on with it.”Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller

4. “I’m skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins, and when I take a high leap into the dark and come down thirty years later, I realize it is as Tim trying to save Timmy’s life with a story.” — The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brian

5. “But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.” Emma by Jane Austen

6. “The step through the gates that takes you from painted ground to bare grass feels heavy. You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Reves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus. You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.” — The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

7. “Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper.” Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

8. “How wonderful the flavor, the aroma of her kitchen, her stories as she prepared the meal, her Christmas Rolls! I don’t know why mine never turn out like hers, or why my tears flow so freely when I prepare them – perhaps I am as sensitive to onions as Tita, my great-aunt, who will go on living as long as there is someone who cooks her recipes.” Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

9. “Quick, make a wish. Take a (second or third or fourth) chance. Remake the world.” — I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

10. “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.” Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

11. “Thomas Edison’s last words were: “It’s very beautiful over there.” I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” — Looking for Alaska by John Green

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