First Lines Quotes

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

William Gibson
“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”
William Gibson, Neuromancer

Ayn Rand
“Who is John Galt?”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Gabriel García Márquez
“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice...”
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

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

“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

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

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

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

Louis Sachar
“There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.”
Louis Sachar, Holes

Ursula K. Le Guin
“I'll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination.”
Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness

James Joyce
“Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo”
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Rick Riordan
“Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

James Patterson
“Congratulations. The fact that you're reading this means you've taken one giant step closer to surviving until your next birthday.”
James Patterson, The Angel Experiment

Anita Brookner
“Dr Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature”
Anita Brookner, A Start in Life

Bill Bryson
“I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.”
Bill Bryson, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Kami Garcia
“There are only two kinds of people in our town. The stupid and the stuck."
Kami Garcia, Beautiful Creatures

Brandon Sanderson
“The sun peeked over the horizon like the head of a giant radioactive manatee.”
Brandon Sanderson, Calamity

Karsten Knight
“Ashline Wilde was a human mood ring.”
Karsten Knight, Wildefire

Mitch Albom
“This is the story of a man named Eddie and it starts at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun. It may seem strange to start a story with and ending, but all endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time.”
Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Laura Kinsale
“He liked radical politics and had a fondness for chocolate.”
Laura Kinsale, Flowers from the Storm

Michael Cox
“After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn’s for an oyster supper.”
Michael Cox, The Meaning of Night

Melina Marchetta
“This morning, my mother didn't get out of bed.”
Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca

George Orwell
“The idea really came to me the day I got my new false teeth.”
George Orwell, Coming Up for Air

Virginia Woolf
“What a lark! What a plunge!”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Larry McMurtry
“WHEN AUGUSTUS CAME OUT on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake—not a very big one. It had probably just been crawling around looking for shade when it ran into the pigs. They were having a fine tug-of-war with it, and its rattling days were over.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove

Bob Mayer
“In darkness there is death.”
Bob Mayer

Stephen King
“Sure. Sure you have. I never forget a face.”
Stephen King, Needful Things

Tan Twan Eng
“On a mountain above the clouds once lived a man who had been the gardener of the emperor of Japan.”
Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists

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