One of the very best novels ever written* begins with one of the very best opening sentences:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
It's wonderful, isn't it? But look, writing something similar often only reveals the chasm between the copy and the original.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.
Elizabeth Eulberg, Prom and Prejudice
And sometimes the truth-universally-acknowledged doesn't actually even begin to pass for true. Like this:
It is a truth universally acknowledged that any diva worth her salt must record, at some time in her career, a Christmas album.
Anyway, look, if you must pinch the formula, then at least give us some added value in the form of a joke:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Graham-Smith.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a wife, must be in want of a good fortune.
Pied and Prodigious by DM Andrews
But whatever you do, at least get the grammar right:
Finally, while researching this post I came across an essay titled with this quote on academia.edu. It has 82 footnotes and cites a host of authorities from Simone de Beauvoir to Max Weber. But it gets the quote wrong:
And it gets it wrong twice.
Heaven help us all.
Word To Use Today: pride. This word comes, rather sweetly, from the Old English prāda, and is related to the Latin prodesse, to be useful and the Old Norse prūthr, stately.