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15 Literary Opening Lines Made More Memorable By A Classic Meme

Your literary world is about to be rocked. Deal with it.

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1. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife; deal with it.”

— Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice

2. “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself; deal with it.”

— Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

3. “It was love at first sight; deal with it."

— Joseph Heller, Catch-22

4. "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins; deal with it."

— Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

5. "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again; deal with it."

— Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

6. "Elmer Gantry was drunk; deal with it."

— Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry

7. "Justice?—You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law; deal with it."

— William Gaddis, A Frolic of His Own

8. "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect; deal with it."

— Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

9. "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way; deal with it."

— Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

10. "A screaming comes across the sky; deal with it."

— Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

11. "For a long time, I went to bed early; deal with it."

12. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth; deal with it."

13. “Marley was dead, to begin with; deal with it.”

— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

14. "It was the day my grandmother exploded; deal with it."

— Iain Banks, The Crow Road

15. "It was a pleasure to burn; deal with it."

— Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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