From The Chronicle of Higher Education, a blog post on memorable sentences.
The post, and the comments, have some good ones, though so far they seem to have missed James Thurber completely. At one point in my life I not only could quote Thurber extensively, I would — under sufficient provocation — actually do so. (How could I not admire a writer who could come up with lines like “He was six-feet-four and forty-six, and even colder than he thought he was”?)
Anyhow — go over there and read the post and the comments.