Literary Lines

This idea is from an old Reader’s Digest quiz — I don’t remember when, but the concept stuck with me.

How many first lines or last lines (or “middle lines” for that matter) of good literature can you recognize and name (and continue)? Not all of them are books, but should be known.

  1. “Call me Ishmael.”
  2. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
  3. “Four score and seven years ago…”
  4. “Arms I sing, and a man.”
  5. “We hold these truths to be self evident.”  (bonus — this is not the first line, do you know it?)

I will be adding to this off and on over Christmas and thru the New Year — post comments of lines you think should be here, and some more difficult ones, if you know them (these I just did off the top of my head, or “from the front of my face” as my highschool math teacher would say.)

Update: What got me thinking about this again, was my brother, who used the second half of this line:

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore

And I don’t think there’s any line of this that isn’t recognizable, but the least known may be this: “more rapid than eagles, his coursers they flew // he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name”  [“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen”]

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