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Quotes About Opening Lines

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Jane Austen
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Rafael Sabatini
“He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”
Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche

George Orwell
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
George Orwell, 1984

J.R.R. Tolkien
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Charles Dickens
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Ray Bradbury
“It was a pleasure to burn.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

William Shakespeare
“Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Shirley Jackson
“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.”
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

Pittacus Lore
“In the beginning we were a group of nine.

Three are gone, dead.
There are six of us left.
They are hunting us, and they won't stop until they've killed us all.

I am Number Four.

I know that I am next.”
Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

James Joyce
“Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.”
James Joyce, Ulysses

Charles Dickens
“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Samuel Beckett
“The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.”
Samuel Beckett, Murphy

J.K. Rowling
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Chuck Palahniuk
“If you're going to read this, don't bother.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

Alice Sebold
“My name is Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered.”
Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

Christopher Moore
“You think you know how this story is going to end, but you don't.”
Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Diana Wynne Jones
“That's why I love spiders. 'If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.”
Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle

Natalie Babbitt
“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”
Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Joshilyn Jackson
“There are gods in Alabama: Jack Daniel's, high school quarterbacks, trucks, big tits, and also Jesus.”
Joshilyn Jackson, Gods in Alabama

William Shakespeare
“Where shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly 's done, when the battle 's lost and won”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Blaise Pascal
“The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensées

H.G. Wells
“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.”
H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

Neil Gaiman
“There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

Lois Lowry
“It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.”
Lois Lowry, The Giver

Christopher Pike
“I am a vampire, and that is the truth.”
Christopher Pike, The Last Vampire

Charlotte Brontë
“There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Franz Kafka
“Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.”
Franz Kafka, The Trial

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