The most highlighted quotes in popular e-books revealed by Amazon Kindle

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“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

Whether published in 1868 or 2008, our favourite books stick with us and we often can't resist sharing the passages and quotes we love with others.

Now Amazon has revealed to The Atlantic that it keeps an eye on what is most often highlighted by Kindle readers in its most popular e-books, and the results are rather interesting, from more recent hits such as The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, to classics from Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott.

While it can't be known why people chose each passage in particular, it's clear some are gems of advice begging to be passed on, while others (such as The Hunger Games) might simply serve as a potted synopsis.

Did your favourite quote make it? Check out the gallery below.

  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (1868/69)

    “There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.”


  • The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)

    “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.”


  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (1813)

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


  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle (1963)

    “But of course we can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.”


  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis (1950)

    “Wrong will be right,
    when Aslan comes in sight,
    At the sound of his roar,
    sorrows will be no more,
    When he bares his teeth,
    winter meets its death,
    And when he shakes his mane,
    we shall have spring again.”


  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J. K. Rowling (1997)

    “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that. Now, why don’t you put that admirable Cloak back on and get off to bed?”


  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling (1998)

    “‘Because that’s what Hermione does,’ said Ron, shrugging. ‘When in doubt, go to the library.’”


  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling (1999)



  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling (2000)

    “You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”


  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling (2003)

    “Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.”


  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling (2005)

    “Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!”


  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling (2007)

    “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”


  • The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (2008)

    “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 24 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.”


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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.