During random moments when I don’t really feel like doing anything, I’ve started grabbing my Chromebook and going through Amazon Kindle highlights. The Kindle highlights page shows you what other readers have highlighted on their Kindle editions of various books. I’ve found it interesting and edifying.
The Kindle unabridged version of Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, for instance, has apparently been downloaded far more often that I thought it would’ve been. I don’t know how often the Kindle version has been downloaded, but this one verse has been highlighted 354 times:
Hence it was necessary for the salvation of man that certain truths which exceed human reason should be made known to him by divine revelation.
Similarly, readers of the Kindle edition of de Caussade’s classic Abandonment to Divine Providence have highlighted this passage 167 times:
The passive part of sanctity is still more easy since it only consists in accepting that which we very often have no power to prevent . . .
Ninety-eight melancholic readers have highlighted this passage from Boethius’ The Consolation of Philosophy:
For truly in adverse fortune the worst sting of misery is to have been happy.
And 42 readers found it worthwhile to highlight this passage from Cecil Chesterton’s History of the United States:
Lord Baltimore established his Catholic colony, which he called “Maryland.”
That last one was pretty mundane. I only referenced it because I found it surprising that many, many people have downloaded a book by Cecil Chesterton (I have no objection to Cecil, except perhaps his anti-Semitism that has been used to taint his brother GKC, but I didn’t even know a 100 people were aware of him, much less a 100 people who also own Kindles).
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