In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five....
In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it.
In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.
-Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
I also love the beginning of her novel My Sister's Keeper and the opening of TFIOS.
Favorite opening lines are from The Voyage of the Dawntreader "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it." and Going Bovine by Libba Bray "The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World."
"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."
gotta love Good Omens
ack... *too, gotta love them all, really
"I am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me." It's the beginning of chapter 2 in Will Grayson,Will Grayson.
My favorite chapter title is "Life sucks, then you die, I should be so lucky." I believe it's from Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer.
A book from my childhood, Fairest by Gail Carson Levine--
"I was born singing. Most babies cry. I sang an aria."
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." , fist line of Anna Karenina.
"Mr and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."
so many aweswome ones. so, sticking with the book i just finished: 'It rained toads the night the White Council came to town.
"Alice was Beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on he bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'"
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol.