FAMOUS FIRST SENTENCES

There's something powerful about beginnings.

“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

“Since you’d never guess it from looking at me, nobody can tell that words like because, fart, there, and banana come out sounding like ‘becazz,”faht,”they-a,’ and ‘bananer’ when I say them out loud.”

—   My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

“My sweater was new, stinging red and ugly.”

—   Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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“I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.”

—   Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

“Here were some titles for my book that I really liked but was advised strongly not to use.”

—   Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

“'I wonder when in the world you're going to do anything, Rudolf?' said my brother's wife.”

—   The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

“A history of the Six Duchies is of necessity a history of its ruling family.”

—   The Farseer: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb