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What are kindle readers highlighting?

One of the neat features of e-books is that you can see what others are highlighting (see our post from October). I find it fascinating to read and learn from the insights others are gaining from books.  Here are some selections from some heavily highlighted books:

Cutting for Stone

  • “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.”
  • “Wasn’t that the definition of home? Not where you are from, but where you are wanted?”
  • “Life, too, is like that. You live it forward, but understand it backward. It is only when you stop and look to the rear that you see the corpse caught under your wheel.” 

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

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake.”

The Last Lecture

  • “EXPERIENCE IS what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.”
  • “When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.”
  • “The brick walls are there for a reason. They’re not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”
  • “Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.”

The Four Hour Body
“Rule #1: Avoid “white” carbohydrates (or anything that can be white). Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again. Rule #3: Don’t drink calories. Rule #4: Don’t eat fruit. Rule #5: Take one day off per week and go nuts.”

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
“1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. 2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation. 3. ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. 4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. 5. FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing. 6. INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.”

Outliers:The Story of Success

  • “Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.” (very interesting in light of Amy Chua’s controversial article and book on parenting. Also see Mindset: The New Psychology of Success)
  • “Those three things—autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward—are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.”
  • Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
““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.”

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