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    (Original post by patrickinator)
    'she ate my ejaculate' - i just started on my first novel. what do you think?
    This a fantasy novel I presume?
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    (Original post by thirstysailor)
    I know it's a cliché now, but it's still a great opening line

    "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
    I was going to say that!
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    “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 Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

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    Toss up between:

    'Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.' - Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf.

    and

    'I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me...' - Tristram Shandy, Lawrence Sterne.

    and

    'riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.' - Finnegan's Wake, James Joyce.

    :-)
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    To be, or not to be: that is the question:
    Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them?

    To be, or not to be: that is the question.
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    "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.

    Don't know why but it always seems to stick in my head :P
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    "So what's it going to be then, eh?"
    Starts each part of A Clockwork Orange, good old A2 English langlit coursework!
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    The epigraph of The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai

    Writings of light assault the darkness, more prodigious than
    meteors.
    The tall unknowable city takes over the countryside.
    Sure of my life and death, I observe the ambitious and would
    like to understand them.
    Their day is greedy as a lariat in the air.
    Their night is a rest from the rage within steel, quick to attack.
    They speak of humanity.
    My humanity is in feeling we are all voices of that same poverty.
    They speak of homeland.
    My homeland is the rhythm of a guitar, a few portraits, an old
    sword, the willow grove’s visible prayer as evening falls.
    Time is living me.
    More silent than my shadow, I pass through the loftily covetous
    multitude.
    They are indispensable, singular, worthy of tomorrow.
    My name is someone and anyone.
    I walk slowly, like one who comes from so far away he doesn’t
    expect to arrive.

    - Jorge Luis Borge
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    “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.”
    Metamorphosis
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    (Original post by briesandwich)
    "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold."
    Dammit! That was going to be mine! Knew someone would have taken it already, its a brilliant opening line. I guess I'll have to go for my second favourite book, The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey:

    "I lost my own father at 12 yr. of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn in Hell if I speak false."

    The narrative style is weird, that why the sentences are long but it adds to the awesome!
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    'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink'
    I Capture The Castle - Dodie Smith
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    "A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism."
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    Two households, both alike in dignity,
    In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
    From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
    Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
    From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
    A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
    Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
    Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
    The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
    And the continuance of their parents' rage,
    Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
    Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
    The which if you with patient ears attend,
    What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

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    "My name is Ruth. I grew up with my younger sister, Lucille, under the care of our grandmother, Mrs. Sylvia Foster, and when she died, of her sisters-in-law, Misses Lily and Nona Foster, and when they fled, of her daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Fisher."

    Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson.
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    (Original post by patrickinator)
    'she ate my ejaculate' - i just started on my first novel. what do you think?
    It's kind of jarring.
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    (Original post by *Boofle*)
    “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 Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

    Love it!
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    "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."

    - One Hundred Years of Solitude

    "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."

    - The Old Man and the Sea
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    (Original post by *Boofle*)
    “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 Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

    Beat me to it
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    There and back again. By Bilbo Baggins
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    "People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the the wintertime to avenge her father's blood but it did not seen so strange then, although I will say that it did not happen every day. I was just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shot my father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robbed him of his life and his horse and $150 in cash money plus two California gold pieces that he carried in his trouser band."

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