I was organizing some picture albums when I came across pictures taken in Jordan. I was there with a number of other physicians to teach local physicians, and during the trip Cynthia and I joined a group that traveled to the ancient city of Petra. As I saw the first picture, these words jumped into my mind: "A rose-red city - half as old as time." That line has stayed in my mind for over ten years. A bit of research tells me that it was penned by John William Burgon while he was in college, as part of a poem that won the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1845. Burgon went on to become a clergyman and faded into obscurity, but his words will probably be quoted for decades more.
Have you written anything that you think might grab your reader and hang in their minds? I guess the best writing I've done along those lines was a description of my hero, a failed baseball player who's now a doctor, finishing a boring case. He's stitching up the skin when he begins to feel guilty about letting his mind wander. "Any guilt that Ben felt quickly passed. He’d always thought that closing an incision was sort of like driving through Kansas: boring, monotonous, and you could do it in your sleep."
Let me know your nominations for the best lines that are likely to hang in the reader's heads.