First Lines

GIGA Quotes collects, among other things, the first lines from books, big and small. You can also choose an author, say Douglas Adams, and get something like this:

In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move.

The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.

To summarize the summary of the summary: People are a problem.

The Answer to the Great Question Of . . . Life, the Universe and Everything . . . [is] Forty-two.

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.

About Phillip

Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at

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