100 Best First Lines from Novels

Here are some examples:

100. 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)

49. It was the day my grandmother exploded. —Iain M. Banks, The Crow Road (1992)
38. All this happened, more or less. —Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

9. 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)

8. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. —George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

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