Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.”
The rest of the paragraph, so romantic, so lascivious, is also famous:
My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Probably one of the most memorable opening sentences in English literature:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
Back then, they used to be longer!