Recently I needed to clean up a pile of text I had pasted into emacs from a pdf. One of the things I wanted was to remove all lines that didn’t start with a comma. Emacs of course provides functions for this, so I highlighted the text and used
M-x delete-non-matching-lines ^,
^, is a regular expression that matches lines starting with a comma. Emacs also offers the command
delete-matching-lines which does what you would expect.