Famous Opening Sentences

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'Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested'.
'My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip'.
'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife'.
'Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.'
'To be born again,' sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, 'first you have to die''.
'I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods'
'The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.'
'Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed'
'Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814.'
'1801. I have just returned from a visit to my landlord—the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with'.
'Howard Roark laughed.'
'The house was named `The Cave'.'
'Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically'
'It was love at first sight'.
'Two households, both alike in dignity'.
'What's it going to be then, eh?'
'3 May. Bistritz.— Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Viennaearly next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late'.
'Hale knew they meant to murder him before he had been in Brighton three hours'
'Call me Ishmael'.
'Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do'.
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'In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains'
'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen'.
'Dear God, I am fourteen years old.'
'I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up'.
'One may as well begin with Helen's letters to her sister'.
'When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow'.
'You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter'.
'''Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes.''
'The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor with-out a flutter of the sails, and was at rest'.
'Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure'.
'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'.
'Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were'
'The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses'.
'Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.'
'A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green'.
'In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since'.
'It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York'
'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit'.
'No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's'.
'On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge'.

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