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Amazon's most highlighted quotes of all time on Kindle


Folding the edges of a brilliant page, underlining a sentence that has touched you, or - if you're reading on a Kindle - highlighting a passage and going back to it a few months later is one of the biggest joys of reading a favourite book.

This week Amazon released a list of the most highlighted passages on the Kindle and Kindle Apps ever.

With millions of customers highlighting millions of book passages that are meaningful to them every month, Amazon have combined the highlights of all Kindle customers and identified the passages with the most highlights.

Most surprisingly, a whopping 19 of the top 25 favourite quotes are from the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

One line from heroine Katniss Everdeen in Catching Fire was highlighted just under 18,000 times, which is almost twice the number of people who highlighted Jane Austen’s famous opening line in Pride and Prejudice.

Read Amazon's 25 most highlighted quotes of all time below:

1. "Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them"

- Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (highlighted by 17,784 Kindle users)

2. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

- Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (highlighted by 9,260 Kindle users)

3. "The rules of the Hunger Games are simple. In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate. The twenty-four tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. Over a period of several weeks, the competitors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing wins."

- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 9,031 Kindle users)

4. "It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart."

- Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 8,833 Kindle users)

5. "I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you,” Peeta replies.

- Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 8,500 Kindle users)

Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet in the film adaptation of Pride and Pejudice

6. "I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now, and live in it forever," he says.

- Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 8,473 Kindle users)

7. "Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us."

- Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (Highlighted by 8,437 Kindle users)

8. "Life in District 12 isn’t really so different from life in the arena. At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead."

- Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 8,223 Kindle users)

9. "Having an eye for beauty isn’t the same thing as a weakness,” Peeta points out. “Except possibly when it comes to you."

- Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 7,900 Kindle users)

10. "I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun."

- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 7,519 Kindle users)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen with Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman in the film adaptation of Catching Fire

11. "District Twelve. Where you can starve to death in safety,"

- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 7,389 Kindle users)

12. "We’re fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction."

- Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 6,685 Kindle users)

13. "Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch—this is the Capitol’s way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion. Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. “Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there’s nothing you can do. If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you. Just as we did in District Thirteen."

- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 6,361 Kindle users)

14. "The berries. I realize the answer to who I am lies in that handful of poisonous fruit. If I held them out to save Peeta because I knew I would be shunned if I came back without him, then I am despicable. If I held them out because I loved him, I am still self-centered, although forgivable. But if I held them out to defy the Capitol, I am someone of worth. The trouble is, I don’t know exactly what was going on inside me at that moment."

- Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 6,355 Kindle users)

15. "He tells of the history of Panem, the country that rose up out of the ashes of a place that was once called North America. He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little sustenance remained."

- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 6,160 Kindle users)

Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptation of Catching Fire

16. "The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny."

- Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese (Highlighted by 6054 Kindle users)

17. "It means thanks, it means admiration, it means good-bye to someone you love."

- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 6,039 Kindle users)

18. "Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true Here is the place where I love you."

- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 5,579 Kindle users)

19. "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts"

- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

20. "I watch his hands, his beautiful, capable fingers. Scarred, as mine were before the Capitol erased all marks from my skin, but strong and deft. Hands that have the power to mine coal but the precision to set a delicate snare. Hands I trust."

- Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 5,245 Kindle users)

Writer Oscar Wilde

21. "Maybe I’d think that, too, Caesar,” says Peeta bitterly, “if it weren’t for the baby."

- Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 4,928 Kindle users)

22. "Over the course of the last five years, the lake’s remarkably unchanged and I’m almost unrecognizable."

- Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 4,906 Kindle users)

23. "What is childlike humility? It’s not the lack of intelligence, but the lack of guile. The lack of an agenda. It’s that precious, fleeting time before we have accumulated enough pride or position to care what other people might think."

- Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, Colton Burpo (Highlighted by 4,860 Kindle users)

24. "Deep in the meadow, hidden far away A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray Forget your woes and let your troubles lay And when again it’s morning, they’ ll wash away. Here it’s safe, here it’s warm Here the daisies guard you from every harm"

- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Highlighted by 4,848 Kindle users)

25. "I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects."

- The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde



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