Famous First Lines
Featuring classic first lines from works across the literary spectrum, from Moby Dick to Fifty Shades of Grey, Famous First Lines is intended as a resource for those looking for a just little help getting that novel started. As you will see, not all of the suggestions offered below are still available. Feel free to post your own contributions to help our fellow authors.
MIDDLE PASSAGE, by Charles Johnson
First Line: “Of all the things that drive men to sea, the most common disaster, I’ve come to learn, is women.” (not available)
“Of all the things that drive men to sea,
the most common disaster, I’ve come to
learn, is women,” he said, before she
shot him. (available)