Following is a list of the 100 best first lines from novels, as decided by the American Book Review, a nonprofit journal published at the Unit for Contemporary Literature at Illinois State University:
1. Call me Ishmael. – Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851)
2. 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)
3. A screaming comes across the sky. – Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)
4. 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. – Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967; trans. Gregory Rabassa)
5. Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. – Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)
6. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett)
7. riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. – James Joyce, Finnegans Wake (1939)
I met these 11 year olds In Dominos In New Delhi, they live on the streets and after a month of selling flowers at various traffic stops they are celebrating
20 Kids That Are Way Ahead Of Their Class - Caveman Circus
The 20 Richest Women In Entertainment – Knowd
Jennifer Lawrence Takes The Rules of Inheritance – Crowd Ignite
Back By Popular Demand: Stephanie From Purdue – Big 10 Tens
This Is What Happens When Girls Get a Little Too Crazy (56 pics) – Linkiest
Bikinis Make The World Go Around – Bro My God
Shakira showing off some sweet cleavage – Celeb Slam
Victoria’s Secret Battle: Adriana Lima vs. Behati Prinsloo – G-Celeb
Star Wars Meets Game of Thrones At Last – Unreality Mag
She’s Uncoachable: Ellie Gonsalves Sends Shockwaves Through Us – Uncoached
Irina Shayk vs Candice Swanepoel (10 Pics) – Regretful Morning
Blanka Is The Ultimate Troll – Super Booyah
Candice Swanepoel Was Best Dressed at 4th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala – Moe Jackson
This is an idea that I struggled with for a while, I hope you’ll hear me out. There is a realm of thought (found it:Depressive Realism) that states that depressed people are more realistic thinkers; they set more realistic goals, they have more realistic expectations, they see the world and themselves more realistically.
This is likely true to an extent. Optimism is often delusional by nature. But delusion is not necessarily a bad thing; in fact, it can be incredibly useful, as I’ll elaborate below. And it’s sure as shit better than lying: and while optimism maybe be delusional, depression can be a flat out lying motherfucker.
It’s important to realize the impact of optimism vs. pessimism. A pessimistic person is less likely to set high expectations, or high standards. As a result, they are less likely to be disappointed. A pessimistic person is less likely to be step outside of their comfort zone. As a result, they are less likely to face failure.
Yet on the contrary, an optimistic person is more likely to attempt something that would be beyond their perceived abilities. As a result, they are more likely to succeed. An optimistic person is more likely to search beyond the bleakness of a current perceived state, and as a result is more likely to find happiness.
If delusion can fuel your well being, then what’s wrong with giving into delusion? Many people call it confidence. Confidence is often just healthy, controlled delusional thinking. Confidence is choosing to press on despite failure and disappointment. Confidence is therefore strength; it takes a lot more effort to fight depression than to give into depression. But it’s far more rewarding, and I think most would agree it’s necessary.
Take a moment to separate pessimism from realism as well. Realism is the seeing of reality, in all its darkness as well as its light. Pessimism is the seeing of darkness and the giving into darkness. You can be a realist without being a pessimist.
So you have to ask yourself: do you want to be a pessimist, and simply wallow in the bleakness of depression for the sake of seeing the darkness in reality, or do you want to fight it with confidence and control? You can achieve a lot more than you think, including conquering depression.
Good journeys, mate.