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