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Most Famous Opening Lines

Alton J. Bliss "Doc"
The list author says: "Hi beautiful. What's cookin', good lookin'? Here's some of the most famous opening lines."
Moby-Dick (Dover Thrift Editions)
Moby-Dick (Dover Thrift Editions)
"Call me Ishmael."
President Tron 7000
President Tron 7000
"A great clamor arose, an eruption of sounds and applause rushing through the cavernous hall, as the figure in the silver, high-collared suit slowly stepped forward into the frosty burst of light."
A Tale of Two Cities: (150th Anniversary Edition) (Signet Classics)
A Tale of Two Cities: (150th Anniversary Edition) (Signet Classics)
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness..."
The Missing Link
The Missing Link
"I am a monster. Or so they say.  I don't remember where I was born or when.  I guess that doesn't matter. I am a man..."
Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition)
Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition)
"All children, except one, grow up."
The Metamorphosis
The Metamorphosis
"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect."
Paul Clifford
Paul Clifford
"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents -- except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets..."
Cat's Cradle: A Novel
Cat's Cradle: A Novel
"Call me Jonah."
Notes From Underground
Notes From Underground
"I am a sick man ... I am a spiteful man."
2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey
"The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended."
The Incredible Tiger-Man
The Incredible Tiger-Man
"A piercing scream echoed through the darkness, soared through the empty streets, and faded into the sullen, gray morning."
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap..."
The Satanic Verses: A Novel
The Satanic Verses: A Novel
""To be born again," sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, "first you have to die.""
Anna Karenina (Signet Classics)
Anna Karenina (Signet Classics)
"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Pride And Prejudice
Pride And Prejudice
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."
The Annotated Lolita: Revised and Updated
The Annotated Lolita: Revised and Updated
"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins."
Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
"A screaming comes across the sky."
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Centennial Edition
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Centennial Edition
"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
Invisible Man
Invisible Man
"I am an invisible man."
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Puffin Classics)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Puffin Classics)
"You don't know me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but that ain't no matter."
The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text (The Schocken Kafka Library)
The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text (The Schocken Kafka Library)
"Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested."
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (Oxford World's Classics)
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (Oxford World's Classics)
"This is the saddest story I have ever heard."
The Stranger V2
The Stranger V2
"Mother died today."
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
"All this happened, more or less."
The Creation of God
The Creation of God
"The mirror fell to the floor with a resounding crash."
The Fantastic Flying Man: A Multimedia Novel
The Fantastic Flying Man: A Multimedia Novel
"The feeling is incredible."
President Tron 7000
President Tron 7000
"A great clamor arose..."