FAMOUS FIRST SENTENCES

There's something powerful about beginnings.

“A very, terribly long time ago, before such things as television and good table manners or even children, ferocious monsters roamed a younger, angrier world.”

—   The Last Basselope by Berkeley Breathed

“Call me Jonah.”

—   Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

“The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts.”

—   Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

“'You've got to be kidding me,' the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.”

—   City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

“All this happened, more or less.”

—   Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (via famousfirstsentences)

“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