Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice (1813)
- It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Albert Camus: The Stranger (1946)
- Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure.
Charles Dickens: A Tale Of Two Cities (1859)
- 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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (1925)
- In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticising any one, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.
Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man And The Sea (1952)
- 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.
Franz Kafka: Metamorphosis (1915)
- As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.
Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita (1955)
- Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.
J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan (1911)
- All children, except one, grow up.
Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina (1878)
- All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
- It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.