First Liners - Quotes
The sky, over the port, was the color of television tuned to a dead station.
Morgaine speaks... In my time I have been called many things: sister, lover, priestess, wisewoman, queen.
The Mists of Avalon
About a hundred years ago, they say, there was a mermaid who ruled the cold, wild sea that washes around northern lands.
The Mermaid Summer
It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenburgs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.
The Bell Jar
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
The Dark Tower, The Gunslinger
He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.
Behavioral Science, the FBI section that deals with serial murder, is on the bottom floor of the Academy building at Quantico, half-buried in the earth.
The Silence of the Lambs
There is a watch lying on the green carpet of the living room of my childhood. The hands seem to stand motionless at 9:10, freezing time when it happened.
All But My Life
I am making this statement as an act of wilfil defiance of military authority, because I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.
Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene...
Romeo and Juliet
Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.
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.
A Farewell to Arms
Whenever my mother talks to me,she begins the conversation as if we were already in the middle of an argument.
The Kitchen God's Wife
When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.
The Day of the Triffids
Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Pride and Prejudice
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The Holy Bible
On friday, June 12th, I woke up at six o'clock and no wonder; it was my birthday.
The Diary of a Young Girl
"Man," said Terl, "is an endangered species." Battlefield Earth: Saga of the Year 3000
A spectre is haunting Europe--the spectre of communism.
The Communist Manifesto
Tell me, O Muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.
They're out there.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
It began as a mistake.
As I stepped out of the darkness of the movie theater into the brightness of the road, I had two things on my mind; Paul Newman and a ride home.
There comes a screaming across the sky, it is like something you have heard before, but there is nothing to compare it with now.
All this happened, more or less.
A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.
Brave New World
Sing about the Rage, Goddess, of Peleus´ son Achilleus.
Early one morning I, Vadim Maslennikov, set off for school having forgotten the envelope with the first-semester fees Mother had left me in the dining room the day before.
Novel with Cocaine
Riding up the winding road of Saint Agnes Cemetery in the back of the rattling old truck, Francis Phelan became aware that the dead, even more than the living, settled down in neighborhoods.
I had a farm in Africa.
Out of Africa
Of man's first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater man
Restore us, and regain the blissful seat.
Vietnam, me love you long time. All day, all night, me love you long time.
Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes.
Apart from life, a strong constitusion and an abiding connection to the Thembu royal house, the only thing my father bestowed upon me at birth was a name, Rolihlahla
Long Walk to Freedom
Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Sing in me, muse, of arms and a man, who first from the shores of Troy.
Once there was a boy called Jacob Two-Two. He was two plus two plus two years old. He had two ears and two eyes and two arms and two feet and two shoes.
Jacob Two-Two Meets The Hooded Fang
It is with a kind of fear that I begin to write the history of my life.
The Story of My Life
The Nargun was born of the rocks when the world began; it was part of the Dreamtime; it saw the Aborigines come and go.
The Nargun and the Stars
The hills are full of Irish people.
The Harp in the South
The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards.
A Wizard of Earthsea
Describe, using diagrams where appropriate, the exact circumstances leading to your death.
This is where the gods play games with the lives of men, on a board which is at one and the same time a simple playing area and the whole world. And Fate always wins.
If you're going to read this, don't bother.
It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Back in the late 1970's, when I was fifteen years old, I spent every penny I then had in the bank to fly across the continent in a 747 jet to Brandon, Manitoba, deep in the Canadian prairies, to witness a total eclipse of the sun.
"Bear me no ill will," I said. "We are even. For you see... what has died in this room tonight is the last vestige in me of what was human."
Interview With The Vampire