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!
- “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis
- “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
- “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
- “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.”
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
- “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.
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