Top 10 Opening Lines Of All Time

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A good opening lines hooks you, it reels you in, and some of the best make you giggle.  Here are the top 10 opening lines that I think were literary masterpieces.

1. 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, Pride and Prejudice(1813)
2. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. —Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
3. This is the saddest story I have ever heard. —Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (1915)
4. The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. —William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)
5. There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. —C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
6. In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)
7. The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. —Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage (1895)
8. He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. —Raphael Sabatini, Scaramouche (1921)
9. Psychics can see the color of time it’s blue. —Ronald Sukenick, Blown Away(1986)
10. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. – JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1999)

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