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Huffington Post Readers' Picks: Best First Sentences

First Sentences

First Posted: 05/26/11 07:22 AM ET Updated: 07/26/11 06:12 AM ET

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

Though "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Pride and Prejudice" are not particularly similar, they do both share unforgettable first sentences. Without that amazing first sentence, you're not reading the rest of the book. There are some so great that we never forget them.

This week, we asked HuffPost readers on Twitter and Facebook to reveal their favorites. Here are the results.

Don't see your favorite first sentence? Let us know what it is in the comments!

"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury
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"It was a pleasure to burn."
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