FAMOUS FIRST SENTENCES

There's something powerful about beginnings.

“It’s a pretty good zoo,” said young Gerald McGrew, “and the fellow who runs it seems proud of it, too.”

—   If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss

“Indian summer is like a woman.”

—   Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

“Who’s there?”

—   Hamlet by William Shakespeare

“A man sits alone in a cave.”

—   The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

“There is one mirror in my house.”

—   Divergent by Veronica Roth (via famousfirstsentences)

“She was the first to arrive where it seemed the wind no longer exhaled.”

—   Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah

“A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy.”

—   A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

“The tower, which was not supposed to be there, plunges into the earth in a place just before the black pine forest begins to give way to swamp and then the reeds and wind-gnarled trees of the marsh flats.”

—   Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

“Within minutes of setting foot on the grounds of the shuttered Willard State Asylum, seventeen-year-old Isabelle Stone knew it was a mistake.”

—   What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

“To begin where it began—really, it began twice.”

—   Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty