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First and Last Lines: A Literary & Cinematic Quiz

Best Years of our LivesName the author, the book or movie or play, and whether the quote is a first or last line:

(1) Our is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.
(2) 'Nobody's perfect.'
(3) [The earth said] 'No, not yet,' and the sky said 'No, not there.'
(4) 'Yes,' I said. 'Isn't it pretty to think so.'
(5) 'Hot dog!'
(6) 'The old man was right, only the farmers won. We lost. We'll always lose.'
(7) The artist is the creator of beautiful things.
(8) 'We're free.'
(9) 'We'll have no money, no decent place to live. We'll have to work, get kicked around. . .'
(10) 'Who's there?'

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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