By Robert Balkovich

Coming up with the last line of a piece of writing is often the hardest part of the process. You can spend days, weeks or even months trying to write the one perfect sentence that readers walk away with. Similarly, while most of our final words will be forgotten soon after we’re lowered into the ground, there are a select few whose final breaths were so grand that they have been immortalized.

See if you can determine whether the final statements below are the last line from a piece of writing or someone’s famous last words.

“I should never have switched from scotch to martinis.”
2. “It’s all over now but the shouting.”
3. “Whose is that long white box in the grove, what have they accomplished, why am I cold.”
4. “Please don’t let me fall.”
5. “And then the shit storm begins.”
6. "Dammit, don't you dare ask god to help me!"
8. “Tell me how free I am.”
9. “And if he does not remember them, who will?”
10. “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”

So, how did you do? Any ideas on how to end that novel you’ve been working on or what you’ll be shouting when the house lights finally dim? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

Robert Balkovich is an Oregonian-cum-New Yorker currently living in Brooklyn. He is not from Portland. His writing has appeared in/on 7 Stops Magazine, Park Slope Reader, The State Column, Ubiquitous and Besides writing, he enjoys anthropology and ethnography books from the 1970s, and clay face masks. He is really trying his best at Twitter, so please follow him: @RobertBalkovich

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