As of this writing, Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love scored a unique feat: holding the third, fourth, sixth, and tenth spots on Amazon’s Most Highlighted Passages of All Time list.
Our Popular Passages feature uses list to track the most underlined parts of bestselling books.
A staggering 1, 626 readers underlined the most popular passage in the memoir: “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.”
In addition, 1,613 Kindle users highlighted this passage: “Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don’t, you will leak away your innate contentment.”