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Call me Ishmael.
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfiel kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
The Catcher in the Rye
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.
Mother died today.
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
Old man and the sea
It was a pleasure to burn.
It was love at first sight.
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
The Great Gatsby
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Pride and Prejudice
Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.
Miguel de Cervantes
Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
To Kill a Mockingbird
All children, except one, grow up.
They’re out there. Black boys in white suits up before me to commit sex acts in the hall and get it mopped up before I can catch them.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.