First Sentences Quotes

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

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

Henry Miller
“I am living at the Villa Borghese. There is not a crumb of dirt anywhere, nor a chair misplaced. We are all alone here and we are dead.”
Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

Franz Kafka
“Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, fand er sich in seinem Bett zu einem ungeheueren Ungeziefer verwandelt.”
Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Lewis Carroll
“Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass

Sylvia Plath
“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Ursula K. Le Guin
“With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city. Omelas, bright-towered by the sea. The rigging of the boats in harbor sparkled with flags. In the streets between houses with red roofs and painted walls, between old moss-grown gardens and under avenues of trees, past great parks and public buildings, processions moved. Some were decorous: old people in long stiff robes of mauve and grey, grave master workmen, quiet, merry women carrying their babies and chatting as they walked. In other streets the music beat faster, a shimmering of gong and tambourine, and the people went dancing, the procession was a dance.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

William Gibson
“Seated each afternoon in the darkened screening room, Halliday came to recognise the targeted numerals of the Academy leader as sigils preceding the dream state of a film. ”
William Gibson

Gertrude Beasley
“Thirty years ago, I lay in the womb of a woman, conceived in a sexual act of rape, being carried during the prenatal period by an unwilling and rebellious mother, finally bursting from the womb only to be tormented in a family whose members I despised or pitied, and brought into association with people whom I should never have chosen.

Sometimes I wish that, as I lay in the womb, a soft pink embryo, I had somehow thought, breathed or moved and wrought destruction to the woman who bore me, and her eight miserable children who preceded me, and the four round-faced mediocrities who came after me, and her husband, a monstrously cruel, Christ-like, and handsome man with an animal’s appetite for begetting children.”
Gertrude Beasley, My First Thirty Years

Stewart Stafford
“The first line of a novel is the pinhead upon which the great structure will stand or fall.”
Stewart Stafford

Brent Hartinger
“I was deep behind enemy lines, in the very heart of the enemy camp.”
Brent Hartinger, Geography Club

Mercedes Lackey
“Your Grandfather," said Vanyel's brawny 15 year-old cousin Radevel, "was Crazy.”
Mercedes Lackey, Magic's Pawn

Harvey Fierstein
“Damned Elmer's Glue! Just let me finish emasculating this eye and I'll be right with you.”
Harvey Fierstein, Torch Song Trilogy

Perry    Moore
“I never thought I'd have a story worth telling, at least not one about me.”
Perry Moore , Hero

Becky Albertalli
“It's a weirdly subtle conversation, I almost don't notice I'm being blackmailed.”
Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Bill Konigsberg
“I was in the closet... with Tamera Muncie.”
Bill Konigsberg, Out of the Pocket