"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish".
It is now hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl.
Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.
This week's topic is: Book Quotes that Fit X Theme
(Pick any theme you want, i.e., motivational quotes, romantic dialogues, hunger-inducing quotes, quotes that fill you with hope, quotes on defeating adversity, quotes that present strong emotions, healing, etc. and then select quotes from books that fit that theme.)
I share some quotes about reading and books most Fridays (see here), so today I wanted to do something else, still quotes from books. The famous "first lines". I always say I do judge books by their covers, as I mentioned in my post here, but do we also judge books by their first lines?
There are many different kind of first lines, those, that give away something about the story, those, that make you curious, those that start in the middle of the book, those that become great quotes, and those that become a story of their own.
"It was a pleasure to burn."
Bradbury, Ray "Fahrenheit 451" - 1953
"You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler."
Calvino, Italo "If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller" (Italian: Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore) - 1979
"Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure."
Camus, Albert "The Stranger" (aka "The Outsider") (French: L'étranger) - 1942
"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."
Dickens, Charles "A Tale of Two Cities" - 1859
"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."
Dickens, Charles "David Copperfield" - 1850
"They shoot the white girl first."
Morrison, Toni "Paradise" - 1998
"They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did."
Rhys, Jean "Wide Sargasso Sea" - 1966 (Prequel to "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë)
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Tolstoy, Leo (Толстой, Лев Николаевич) "Anna Karenina" (Russian: Анна Каренина = Anna Karenina) - 1877
"You better not never tell nobody but God."
Walker, Alice "The Color Purple" - 1982
"The Gunman is useless."
Zusak, Markus "The Messenger" - 2002