We can all agree that the first lines of book are probably the most important part of them. They bring a special feeling that readers cannot always understand. The opening sentences of the great literature oblige the readers to continue reading, they are the key to the plot and become the emblem of the book and the author, and sometimes even live their own unique and independent life.

In this article, I would like to present you one of the best first lines existing in the world of books.

#1. Perfume:The Story of a Murderer By Patrick Suskind:

In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an ear that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages. His story will be told here. 

#2. It by Stephen King:

“The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years – if it ever did end – began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.”

#3. Anna Karenina By Leo Tolstoy:

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

#4. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger:

“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. “

#5. The Twelve Chairs by Iliya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov:

“There were so many hairdressing establishments and funeral homes in the regional centre of N. that the inhabitants seemed to be born merely in order to have a shave, get their hair cut, freshen up their heads with toilet water and then die. In actual fact, people came into the world, shaved, and died rather rarely in the regional centre of N. Life in N. was extremely quiet. The spring evenings were delightful, the mud glistened like anthracite in the light of the moon, and all the young men of the town were so much in love with the secretary of the communal-service workers’ local committee that she found difficulty in collecting their subscriptions.”

#6. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak:

“They walked and walked and sang ‘Memory Eternal.’ and whenever they stopped, the singing seemed to be carried on by their feet, the horses, the gusts of wind.”

#7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien:

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort “