Famous First Lines: Our Favorites

“When do we tell the children?”

A Marriage Carol, Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman

Opening lines can capture our imaginations, be the first taste of a new favorite author, or comfort us as we begin – yet again – a journey through our favorite book.

To celebrate Day 1 of 25 Days of A Marriage Carol, the River North team has assembled their favorite opening lines for you to enjoy. Tell us what you think, and be sure to let us know your favorite opening line at the end of the post for a chance to win a copy of A Marriage Carol!

  1. “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”
    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis
  2. “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”
    A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  3. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
    John 1:1
  4. “The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim.”
    Portrait of Dorian Grey – Preface, Oscar Wilde
  5. “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.”
    Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  6. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
    Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen

Want more opening lines? Find more famous first lines here.

What is your favorite opening line? Leave us a comment for a chance to win a copy of A Marriage Carol!

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    • Chris Saulnier
    • December 2nd, 2011

    “I’m back” first line of Christ second coming, paraphrased.

  1. 2.“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”
    A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

  2. 5. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
    Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen

  3. Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. —Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)

  4. I posted John 1:1 on the FB page!

  5. “You better not never tell nobody but God.” The Color Purple, Alice Walker

    • Sherri
    • December 5th, 2011

    “I am disappointed with myself. I am disappointed not so much with particular things I have done as with aspects of who I have become. I have a nagging sense that all is not as it should be.” John Ortberg in The Life You’ve Always Wanted.

  6. Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

    Henry James
    Portrait of a Lady

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