Famous first lines from classic books [ADVANCED QUIZ] March 30, 2019 This post may contain affiliate links, including Amazon.com. Read my full disclosure statement here. How well do you know these first lines from classic books? Take the quiz to test your knowledge! For each first line given, type the corresponding book title into the answer field. To get started, scroll down just a tad and click the purple button that says "Next." "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents" "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show." "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.” "Call me Ishmael." "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” "The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn." "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since." "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” "A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate." "Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." "I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father's house." "I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.” "This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve." "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." "The schoolmaster was leaving the village, and everybody seemed sorry."