What did you say?

Quotes are great things. Other people are really quite good at saying things I think, but can’t verbalize.

Opening lines from books are some of the best quotes. They have to pull you in, they have to be clever, they have to say something.

My favorite opening line is from Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle.” A lot of my favorite words are from Vonnegut.


“Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John.”

What are some of your favorite opening lines?


2 thoughts on “What did you say?

  1. This one is kind of long, but the opening lines of 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma gave me chills for days:

    “Girls go missing every day. They slip out bedroom windows and into strange cars. They leave good-bye notes or they don’t get a chance to tell anyone. They cross borders. They hitch rides, squeezing themselves into overcrowded backseats, sitting on willing laps. They curl up and crouch down, or they shove their bodies out of sunroofs and give off victory shouts. Girls make plans to go, but they also vanish without meaning to, and sometimes people confuse one for the other. Some girls go kicking and screaming and clawing out the eyes of whoever won’t let them stay. And then there are the girls who never reach where they’re going. Who disappear. Their ends are endless, their stories unknown. These girls are lost, and I’m the only one who’s seen them.”

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