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TOP FINAL SENTENCES OF 2017

Enjoy this list of our most reblogged final sentences from each month last year! Here’s to another year of lots of reading and writing!

January

“From the wars against disorder,
from the sirens night and day,
from the fires of the homeless,
from the ashes of the gay:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.“

Leonard Cohen, from “Democracy

“This was the death I was reminded of by the crushed thistle in the midst of the plowed field.”

Leo Tolstoy, from “Hadji Murat”, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


February

“I’ve seen the daylight breaking high above the bough,
I’ve found my destination and I’ve made my vow;
So whether you abhor me
Or deride me or ignore me,
Mighty mountains loom before me and I won’t stop now.“

Naomi Long Modgett, from “Midway

“I am also certain I did not care in the least.”

Tasha Alexander, from A Terrible Beauty


March

“A single smile that made a cold-blooded assassin weak in the knees.“

Sherrilyn Kenyon, from Born of Night

“So very, very tired.“

Caitlin Moran, from “The Two Things Men Need to Understand About Women” in Moranifesto


April

“Sometimes in the night I think I smell apricots.”

Eve Bunting, from Spying on Miss Muller

“I’m ready to feel nothing, forever.”

Louise O’Neill, from Only Ever Yours

May

“I can’t find the courage to tell her how much I love when she says we yet, but there’s an entire future written in that word, and we’ll make time.”

Satvika Neti, from “To War We Go” in Dates!

“He fills all the hollow spaces.”

Roxane Gay, from “North Country” in Difficult Women


June

“Sometimes, she nearly convinced herself.”

Roxane Gay, from “Best Features” in Difficult Women

“Dear me-oh, dear me,
All the cats had come to tea.”

Kate Greenaway, from “The Cats Have Come to Tea


July

“Now, many centuries after those days when the mermaid came to earth and then left it, after so many daughters and sons have been born, there are people all over the world who carry the mermaid inside them, that otherworldly beauty and longing and desire that made her reach for heaven when she lived in the darkness of the sea.”

Carolyn Turgeon, from Mermaid

“I am a knife.”

Roxane Gay, from “I Am a Knife” in Difficult Women


August

“‘Because my wish will be that you’ll always be there.’”

Margaret Sutton, from The Haunted Fountain

“For all those who follow their hearts, foolishly, and to the end.”

Carolly Erickson, from The Unfaithful Queen

September

“A deep, resounding breath, before a painful silence.”

Chinelo Okparanta, from “Designs” in Happiness, Like Water

“It is bittersweet that something is better than nothing, even if the something we have is hardly anything at all.”

Roxane Gay, from “The Morality of Tyler Perry” in Bad Feminist

October

“I think, that if I touched the earth,
It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.”

Dylan Thomas, from “Clown In The Moon

“‘Someday,’ she whispered.”

Lynne Ewing, from The Secret Scroll


November

“Soon as she was gone from me,
A traveler came by,
Silently, invisibly
He took her with a sigh.”

William Blake, from “Love’s Secret

“We have to be more interested in making things better than just being right, or interesting, or funny.”

Roxane Gay, from “How We All Lose” in Bad Feminist


December

“Fill yourself with words, choruses, and heroes, like you’re supposed to fill your wardrobe with shoes, brooches, and belts.”

Caitlin Moran, from “What Really Gives Me Confidence” in Moranifesto

“I would have pulled away then, if I could; but small, firm fingers pulled me forward, unrelentingly, into the dark.”

Neil Gaiman, from “Click-Clack the Rattlebag

It’s a spectacle in every way.

It’s a spectacle in every way.

No matter how hard we try, there’s no way to s…

No matter how hard we try, there’s no way to step out of the line of fire.

That question interests me the most.

That question interests me the most.

Great books remind me that when we spend more …

Great books remind me that when we spend more time talking about publishing than we talk about books themselves, we’re forgetting what matters most.

The trilogy offers the tempered hope that ever…

The trilogy offers the tempered hope that everyone who survives something unendurable hungers for.

It is the criminal language of sexual violence…

It is the criminal language of sexual violence.

I want to believe there’s something to hold on…

I want to believe there’s something to hold on to, even when dealing with the slick smoothness of idyll, of joy.

What surprises me, what really troubles me, is…

What surprises me, what really troubles me, is this: only one person stood up and had the strength of conviction to say, ‘Enough.’

Oh, how I hungered.

Oh, how I hungered.