Thomas Hardy - The schoolmaster was leaving the village, and everybody seemed sorry.
Jude the Obscure
Albert Camus - Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can't be sure.
Ernest Hemingway - 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.
The Old Man and the Sea
Gabriel García Márquez - Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Leo Tolstoy - Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Charles Dickens - 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.
Miguel de Cervantes - Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.
Kurt Vonnegut - All this happened, more or less.