124 was spiteful.
That’s a favorite and it’s Toni Morrison. Like Stephen King, mentioned below, Morrison’s succulent opening line is a literary invitation to a grand, haunting story that fuses in the reader’s mind. It becomes an intrinsic part of our literary subconscious and even if we hate the book, (how very dare you), it still resonates with us.
As, forgive me for using the term, beloved as that line is to me, it isn’t my favorite. The following is. It’s one that I can remember reading because I did so repeatedly. I let it soak into my mind and there it has stayed for years.
Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.”
That’s Shakespeare. I was not in high school when I read it because as a D student at an F school, I was likely not permitted to study Shakespeare. But at university, where I was encouraged, supported and nurtured in the sonnets and plays of the Bard, I read that line, all of his lines, and they sang to my soul.
This week’s pick concerns the lines we wish we’d written; the lines that will never leave us. What about you, LitStackers? Tells us about your favorite lines. We want to hear from you!