It’s an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary; not only because I have never done so before, but because it seems to me that neither I – nor for that matter anyone else – will be interested in the unbosomings of a thirteen-year-old school girl.
- Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
The actual writing would be easy. All he had to do was to transfer to paper the interminable restless monologue that had been running inside his head, literally for years. At this moment, however, even the monologue had dried up.
- George Orwell, 1984 pg. 8
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die
a time to plant and a time to uproot
Ecclesiastes 3:1 -
It was love at first sight.
- Joseph Heller, first line of Catch 22
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
- Jane Austen, first line of Pride and Prejudice
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
- Leo Tolstoy, first line of Anna Karenina
I am an invisible man.
- Ralph Ellison, first line of Invisible Man
“To be born again,” sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, “first you have to die.”
- Salman Rushdie, first line of The Satanic Verses
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
- Charles Dickens, first line of David Copperfield