Famous first lines from classic books [QUIZ] April 1, 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! To get started, scroll down just a tad and click the purple button that says "Next." "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents" A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde Scaramouche, by Rafael Sabatini Vanity Fair, by William Thackeray Roderick Hudson, by Henry James "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." David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, by Laurence Sterne Tom Brown's School Days, by Thomas Hughes Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.” Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen Paul Clifford, by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot "Call me Ishmael." The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison The Deerslayer, by James Fenimore Cooper Moby Dick, by Herman Melville "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, by Edgar Allan Poe Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell "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." The Princess Casamassima, by Henry James The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since." The Warden, by Anthony Trollope Moby Dick, by Herman Melville The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Emma, by Jane Austen Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen Wives and Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskell "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." A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy "Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Bleak House, by Charles Dickens Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy Tess of the D'urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky "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." Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe The Sea Wolf, by Jack London Waverley, by Sir Walter Scott "I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.” Silas Marner, by George Eliot The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte The Vicar of Wakefield, by Oliver Goldsmith Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte "This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve." Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells 1984, by George Orwell The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells "The schoolmaster was leaving the village, and everybody seemed sorry." Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy My Antonia, by Willa Cather Time is Up! JOIN OUR SOCIETYReawaken your passion for reading by discovering books you love and connecting with like-minded readers.I respect your privacy and will never share your information with anyone.