These are all first lines from various essays or books--I think they're all generally recognized as "classics." Have at em... Name of Author? Name of Work? 1) National liberation, national renaissance, the restoration of nationhood to the people, commonwealth: whatever may be the heading used or the new formulas introduced, decolonization is always a violent phenomenon. 2) Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. 3) On a visit to Beirut during the terrible civil war of 1975-1976 a French journalist wrote regretfully of the gutted downtown area that ‘it had once seemed to belong to…the Orient of Chateaubriand and Nerval.’ 4) By mid-December, 1914, British troops had been fighting on the Continent for over five months. 5) Herein lie buried many things which if read with patience may show the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the Twentieth Century. 6) This is a very great book by an American genius. 7) It has been remarked, my Hermippus, that, though the ancient philosophers conveyed most of their instruction in the form of dialogue, this method of composition has been little practiced in later ages, and has seldom succeeded in the hands of those who have attempted it. 8) The object of this study is the condition of knowledge in the most highly developed societies. 9) For many years now historians have preferred to turn their attention to long periods, as if, beneath the shifts and changes of political events, they were trying to reveal the stable, almost indestructible system of checks and balances, the irreversible processes, the constant readjustments, the underlying tendencies that gather force, and are then suddenly reversed after centuries of continuity, the movements of accumulation and slow saturation, the great silent, motionless bases that traditional history has covered with a thick layer of events. 10) If we compare the relative progress African Americans have made in education and employment to the struggle to gain control over how we are represented, particularly in the mass media, we see that there has been little change in the area of representation. 11) The main question to be answered in the __________ is: What does Justice mean, and how can it be realized in human society? 12) In English writing we seldom speak of tradition, though we occasionally apply its name in deploring its absence. 13) Since we see that every city is some sort of partnership, and that every partnership is constituted for the sake of some good (for everyone does everything for the sake of what is held to be good), it is clear that all partnerships aim at some good, and that the partnership that is most authoritative of all and embraces all the others does so particularly, and aims at the most authoritative good of all. 14) It is strange that philosophers have been able to argue endlessly about determinism and free will, to cite examples in favor of one or the other thesis without ever attempting first to make explicit the structures contained in the very idea of action. 15) After considering the historic page, and viewing the living world with anxious solicitude, the most melancholy emotions of sorrowful indignation have depressed my spirits, and I have sighed when obliged to confess, that either nature has made a great difference between man and man, or that the civilization which has hitherto taken place in the world has been very partial. 16) Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. 17) While the problem of humanization has always, from the axiological point of view, been human kind’s central problem, it now takes on the character of an inescapable concern. 18) When Marx undertook his critique of the capitalist mode of production, this mode was in its infancy. 19) To raise the question on the nature of narrative is to invite reflection on the very nature of culture and, possibly, even on the nature of humanity itself. 20) Perhaps without being much noticed yet, a fundamental transformation in the history of Marxism and Marxist movements is upon us. 21) An old photograph in a cheap frame hangs on a wall of the room where I work.