Famous Openings lines or Quotes of Novels for UGC NET English literature Exams 2021

  • “1801. I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.”
    – Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights (1847)
  • “124 was spiteful.”
    – Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
  • “A screaming comes across the sky.”
    – Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)
    “All this happened, more or less.”
  • – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
  • “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952) “I am a sick man… I am a spiteful man.”
    – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground (1864; trans. Michael R. Katz)
  • “I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and
    liquids – and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.”
    – Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)
  • “I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.”
    – Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome (1911)
  • “The following day, no one died”
    – Jose Saramago, Death at Intervals (2005)
  • “I was the shadow of the waxwing slain/By the false azure in the
    windowpane” – Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire (1962)
  • “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.”
    – J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
  • “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
    -Jane Austen , Pride and Prejudice (1813),
  • “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking
    thirteen.”
    – George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
  • “It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.”
    – Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clif ord (1830)
  • “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age
    of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the
    winter of despair.”
    – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
  • “Lolita , light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo- lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.” – Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)
  • “This is the saddest story I have ever heard.” – Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (1915)
  • “Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.”
    – William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (1929)
  • “When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.”
    -Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
  • “When Mr Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in
    Hobbiton.”
    – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955)
  • “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.”
    – Charles Dickens , David Copperfield (1850)
  • “You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler.”
    – Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (1979; trans. William Weaver)
  • “You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter.”
    – Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
  • “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” – William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)

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