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Favorite Opening Lines From A Book

There is nothing like a great opening line from a book. Opening lines either grab my soul and imagination or can make me disinterested.

I love reading. I love books.

Some opening lines from some of my favorite books:

‘When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home’ – S. E. Hinton, The Outsiders

“When I was three and Bailey four, we had arrived in the musty little town, wearing tags on our wrists which instructed – ‘To Whom It May Concern’ – that we were Marguerite and Bailey Johnson Jr., from Long Beach, California, en route to Stamps, Arkansas, c/o Mrs. Annie Henderson.” - Maya Angelou, I know Why The Caged Bird Sings

"All children, except one, grow up." - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

"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--in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only." - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

What about you?

Some of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes...

Photo Credit: Dwight Carter via USA Today

Maya Angelou—The American poet, author and civil rights activist died May 28, 2014 at the age of 86

USA Today has a great write-up on her life. Read it here - Maya Angelou: Her life and Accomplishments

My soul has benefitted greatly from Maya Angelou's writings.

Here are some of my favorites quotes from her:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

 

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."

 

"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."

 

"You can't forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I don't mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, 'I forgive. I'm finished with it.'"

 

"While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation."