How to start an essay: the opening sentence

By Ali
Category: Academic | Date: Wed 08 Oct, 2008

Often, the hardest words to write in an essay are the opening ones. When you’re doing the first draft, I’d suggest just writing your way through the introduction without worrying too much – you’ll want to come back to it when you’ve got the body and the conclusion of your essay firmly decided upon.

But when you’re revising your essay, you should concentrate on making the opening paragraph as strong as possible – the person marking it will inevitably start forming an opinion of your essay’s worth within the first few words.

If you want to go beyond the standard, rather bland, introduction of “In this essay, I am going to…” you might want to try out some of these openings for your essay:

Quote someone in your field

My favourite way to start off an essay is with a pithy quote. I don’t recommend picking one of the hilarious quotes listed on your Facebook profile, though; instead, try to find something as relevant as possible.

If you’re writing an English essay, a good opening might be a line from one of the plays or books that you mention in the essay – particularly if that line sets up the angle that you’ll be taking on the question.

If you’re studying Politics, a quote from a politician can work very well. Again, make it relevant to the essay (if you’re writing about Thatcherite Britian, “There’s no such thing as society” would be fine, but less so if you’re writing about the Middle Ages…)

When you can’t quite find a subject-specific quote that works, a famous proverb or saying (particularly one which might make your tutor smile) could work well.

The best source of quotes are the textbooks you’re using, but if you’re still stumped, try:

Define key terms

Another good way to open an essay is to define any key terms in the question. This might seem a bit of a bland opening, but it’ll show your tutor or examiner that you know what you’re talking about – and it sets the parameters of the discussion.

For example, a word like “ideology” can be very loaded: if it appears in the question, you’ll want to make clear what definition you’ll be using throughout your essay.

Try not to spend too long defining terms, though; whilst an indepth discussion of one word can be fruitful, doing this for every single word in the question will just indicate that you’re not quite sure what your argument is…

Famous example – A.D. Nuttall’s A Common Sky:

This book is about solipsistic fear; that is, the fear that the external world of trees, tables, bricks and mortar may not exist at all.

Make a bold statement

If you’re feeling brave, you could open your essay with a bang by making a bold statement. (An easy way to do this is to completely disagree with the question or prompt that you’ve been given.)

Make sure you can actually pull this one off by constructing a solid argument throughout the rest of the essay that backs up what you say in the introduction – you can use the essay and the conclusion to modify your starting point slightly, but you don’t want to do a complete U-turn.

A slight variation on the bold statement would be to take two diametrically opposed points of view (perhaps two critics in your field), find a good snappy quote from each, and start off your essay with both these quotes, one after the other.

Famous example – Jean Jacques Rousseau’s The Social Contract

Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.

Use an anecdote

Depending on how formal an essay you’re writing, you might be able to open with an anecdote. This could be from your own life, or a brief story or parable that you’re quoting. It can be an effective way to draw the reader into your essay and, if you’re writing an essay for a competition or for a wide audience, it can be attention-grabbing.

If you do choose to use this opener, be careful not to waffle, and be particularly wary when you’re writing about yourself! Three sentences is probably the maximum you should spend on any anecdote.

Famous example – George Orwell’s The Lion and the Unicorn

As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.

Pose a question

Essay titles are often statements rather than questions, like “Politics today is dominated by pragmatic concerns, not ideological ones. Discuss.” If you have a title like this, try starting off by posing your own question. In this case, I might start with “Has politics ever been free from pragmatic concerns?” and use the essay to argue that ideology and pragmatical considerations have always both been part of the political landscape.

Using a question as the start of your essay can help give you focus and direction, particularly if the title is broad or doesn’t automatically lead you towards a strong line of argument.

Famous example – Friedrich Nietzsche’s preface to Beyond Good and Evil:

Supposing truth is a woman—-what then?

Over to you

If you’re not quite ready to write the opening lines of your essay yet, try some of these articles…

Further reading:
The Challenge of Affluence: Great Academic First Paragraphs – some inspiration from famous works.
Fifty Orwell Essays from Project Gutenburg. Orwell is a fantastic, easy-to-read yet profound essayist who writes very engagingly.
Ten minute research – if you’re putting off starting your essay, get going here.

Got a great way to start an essay? Ever tried out what you thought was a great way only for your tutor to scribble red-pen comments in the margin? Let us know in the comments…


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  3. Chris

    Any thoughts on starting a fairly scientific essay with a quote? Word count is quite tight and i think the marker could see a (40 word) quote as a waste or even irrelevant.

    It’s an undergraduate Psychology essay on consciousness.

  4. Tricky one, Chris … I think if the quote is relevant to the piece (perhaps tying in with your argument, or summarising the essense of what you want to say), it would be fine.

    Is there a tutor or lecturer you could run it by before handing it in, just to check?

    Good luck with the essay!

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  7. Hey rae’kelli,

    Glad to have helped! It absolutely sucks being stuck at the start of an essay. Hope you enjoy the rest of the posts on Alpha Student!

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  10. Kathryn

    Very helpful; thanks!

    But I was wondering, do English teachers like essays starting with quotes? I was under the impression that it is way to cliche and obvious, and they thus don’t recommend it.

  11. Hi Kathryn,

    The advice was from one of my English tutors, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will suit all tutors!

    I think that so long as the quote is relevant to your topic and argument, and you refer to it in your essay, it’s unlikely to come across as cliched. The trick is in picking a great and relevant quote rather than just turning to a directory of “100 Famous Quotes” or something!


  12. adam

    Pose a question
    Essay titles are often statements rather than questions, like “Politics today is dominated by pragmatic concerns, not ideological ones. Discuss.” If you have a title like this, try starting off by posing your own question. In this case, I might start with “Has politics ever been free from pragmatic concerns?” and use the essay to argue that ideology and pragmatical considerations have always both been part of the political landscape.

    Using a question as the start of your essay can help give you focus and direction, particularly if the title is broad or doesn’t automatically lead you towards a strong line of argument.

    Famous example – Friedrich Nietzsche’s preface to Beyond Good and Evil:


    I learnt never to pose a question in an argumentative essay or even acknowledge the other side and the arguments they have or their merits.

  13. Thanks Adam, I agree that posing a question can be a very good way into an essay when faced with one of those “Discuss” titles!

    I think I’d disagree with you regarding an argumentative essay, though; I’d say that you *should* acknowledge the other side but explain why your argument is better. ;-) There is a temptation to set up and knock down “straw men” here, though.

  14. Nikki

    I am having a very hard time starting an essay about me! I don’t know how to do it without starting if off saying “My name is Nicole…” I am the absolute worst at writing essays and if I can’t even seem to manage to write an essay about myself, I’m honestly very worried! Please, someone help me with advice.

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  47. Trista

    The disadvantage for using quotes is when your doing a Writing Assesment. While most take place in the seventh and eight grade year of school, most teachers don’t allow quotes at the beginning, because some it “might confuse the reader.”

    Mostly when using quotes, it’s at the beginning of a book, not essay. Most Universitys don’t encourage using quotes, however, therefore it could lower a grade or making your chances of getting into a University not as good.

    If your writing a book, novel, etc. I encourage this, mainly on what you were feeling writing the pages and what the book is about, not just because you “liked the quote.”

    I made the mistake of putting a quote at the beginning of a Seventh Grade Essay and points were counted off.

  48. Bre

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  49. Mike

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  194. Sukriti jha

    can you suggest some opening lines for an essay on “about myself”.. iam supposed to write it for a college entrance form.

  195. Lauren

    How would i start to write an essay for a compare and contrast essay for a book and a movie (Of Mice and Men). Would the best way be to start with a quote? After all… we do need five quotes!

  196. zeina

    how to start a quote, for compare and contrast?, about two different news reporters, on how both of them deliever the same new but in different way??

  197. franny

    how could i start the opening sentence for a psychology paper on different parenting styles??????

  198. ME

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  199. Amelia

    Hi. I’m doing an essay on the book ‘The Woman In Black’ by Susan Hill. My question is to ‘Explore the ways Susan Hill uses contrast in the characterisation of Arthur Kipps.’ I need help! Firstly, I need good topic sentences for contrasting. Secondly, if anyone has read the book, could you please tell me any good qoutes to compare and contrast in order to show the development of Kipps from a young, arragont 20 year old to the middle aged man he is on Christmas Eve.

  200. idk, seems kinda sketchy

  201. Justin LiXie

    It helped me a lot. I was wondering how to start off an essay not to use an terrible starting like:I am going to talk about… Thank you very much.

  202. unknown

    good going, Jean Jacques Rousseau. :)

  203. ak

    How can i start the intro for this question: “How are strong feelings shown in Act One Scene Five of “Romeo and Juliet”? in the intro its required to include the main idea of love/hate ND OVERVIEW OF CONTEXT OF LOVE/HATE AT THE TIME

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  207. Emily

    I’m writing an essay on the youth role in the community. Any thoughts on how I might start it??

  208. collin

    i am doing a report on my neighbor hoood how do you start out with that

  209. marilyn beaupre

    I have to write a summary about a news article on Globalization of Censorship how would I start it out besides using; In this article, I believe this article, Based on reading, and I feel that the arguement.

    Thank You,


  210. mw-3 lover

    THank you, this helped alot, just waiting to see if it pays of readng.

  211. Thank you so much. I am a 7th grader but I still have to complete two essays in one night that are due the next day. You’ve helped me in more ways than one. Thank you, Ali

  212. Issy

    Well these are a lot of words…
    Im a fourth grader and i have to do this essay on a acient sculpture… :(
    I wanna make my teacher gimme a 100 sooo badly but this wasnt very helpful. I didnt even understand what you were sayin!!! Imma have to go on google like 10000000000000005 times!!! I have no clue what that number is btw. Im gonna have to waist 90% of my moms ipad battery… She gonna KILL ME!!!
    Good luck do da other geeks out there.

  213. jhonny tenesaca

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    this was a fucking sac of horse shit! this site is complete crap and does not help you at all! fuck you creator of site!

  216. some cool kid

    screw you ali what kind of name only has three letters!…a gay one!

  217. some cool kid

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  220. hey my topic is sophistication in transportation necessary for greener earth..
    how can i start?
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  221. Susan

    yes…your advice is very helpful and, as you say very clearly, as long as the quote is relevant to your work and able to set the tone of your work (and the angle you take), it creates a strong start.
    I don’t understand what previous writers meant by..”.it would confuse the marker” …???? It may well do if either your teacher is incapable of creative thought and free thinking analysis of a topic, question, hypothesis or statement or the student makes a mess of their introduction.
    Thanks for advice anyway

  222. rubi

    Um, in my knowledge you should never include a quote or reference in an introduction to an essay or the summary. What you have provided as advice is quite wrong..

  223. Wolfe

    Anybody got a good opener for greed?


  225. meaghan st

    Heeey does anyone have a good opener for a comparison essay on the characters atticus and Bob Ewell from the book “to kill a mocking bird”? thannnks :) i was thinking a quote more about comparison

  226. bella

    hey! does anyone have a good opening sentence for a defense essay about colonists ?

  227. shruti

    i want a 20 lines on “it takes 2 years to learn to speak but a whole life time to learn what not to speak”how can you help me.

  228. saha

    GOOD….. but add ore with a use of academic ones.
    thanks very much for the support that we got from this…….:)


  230. Rianne

    This is really helpful! i’m doing a social studies essay for 8th grade and had no clue how to start it. asked my family…no clue! googled it, and found this website, loved it and i thought about using this:

    “Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.”

    the report is about the american revolution and i was wondering if this seems apropriate or not!!! if not, then i’m stuck…. please tell me what you think and if you have any suggestions, you know what to do!!!

    thanks so much, <3 Rianne ;D

  231. ....

    some cool kid ur a dumbass

  232. omfg i need something new im writing something about my favortie things can some one help me find a good first pargargh !!!!! :( #needinghelpASAP

  233. Sarah Elizabeth Lane

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