Adam Wilson compiled his Favorite Opening Lines
Some of my favorite first lines—at the moment.
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.
In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together.
In later years, when holding forth to an interviewer or to an audience of aging fans at a comic book convention, Sam Clay liked to declare, apropos of his and Joe Kavalier's greatest creation, that back when he was a boy, sealed and hog-tied inside the airtight vessel known as Brooklyn, New York, he had been haunted by the dreams of Harry Houdini.
The child stood glum and limp in the middle of the dark living room while his father pulled him into a plaid coat.
The most important sentence in a good book is the first one: it will contain the organic seed from which all that follows will grow.—Paul Horgan