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Virtual Book Displays: Famous First Lines

Display of books to celebrate Pride Month

January is a time for NEW BEGINNINGS! 
How will your first line of the year read?
Try out our interactive quiz of famous first lines from classic book titles--and see how many you can identify! 

Classics with Famous First Lines

Jane Eyre

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.

A Wrinkle in Time

It was a dark and stormy night.

Fahrenheit 451

It was a pleasure to burn.

Pride and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

The Color Purple

You better not never tell nobody but God.

Animal Farm

Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.

Charlotte's Web

“Where's Papa going with that axe?” said Fern.

Little Women

Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents, grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.


124 was spiteful. Full of a baby’s venom. The women in the house knew it and so did the children.


It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

The Outsiders

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.

The Catcher in the Rye

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

The Handmaid's Tale

We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.

The Great Gatsby

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.

Moby Dick

Call me Ishmael.


All this happened, more or less.

To Kill a Mockingbird

When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

The Old Man and the Sea

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.

Wuthering Heights

I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.

Gone with the Wind

Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.