FAMOUS FIRST SENTENCES

There's something powerful about beginnings.

“Matching Stumpy pant for pant, Max chased his cloud white dog through the upstairs hallway, down the wooden stairs, and into the cold open foyer.”

—   The Wild Things by Dave Eggers 

“Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.”

—   Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

“The lawyer Jan Schlichtmann was awakened by the telephone at eight thirty on a Saturday morning in mid-July.”

—   A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr 

“Listen! said the October wind, as it swirled and swooped through the streets of New York.”

—   Mister Slaughter by Robert McCammon

“At dusk they pour from the sky.”

—   All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“Back then, all we wanted was the simplest things: to eat good food, to sleep at night, to smile, to laugh, to be well.”

—   The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

“It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.”

—   Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (via famousfirstsentences)

“It was love at first sight.”

—   Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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“Ilya Ilyitch Oblomov was lying in bed one morning in his flat in Grooveshark Street, in one of the big houses that had almost as many inhabitants as a whole country town.”

—   Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov 

“Charlie Strong liked his customers—you don’t run a pub for twenty-one years if you don’t like your customers—but there was something about the quiet morning that pleased him to no end.”

—   The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson