"In the beginning, God....." and "Call me Ishmael." have to
rank as two of the best known openings in the history
of written English.
Surely somewhere in the list of the top twenty-five best
openings I would have to include Scott Peck's beginning
to his 1978 classic, The Road Less Traveled.
"Life is difficult.
This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a
great truth because once we truly see this truth, we
transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-
once we truly understand and accept it- then life is no
longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact
that life is difficult no longer matters."