I was pleased to see an Oscar Wilde crack the Top 25 of most-highlighted passages on Kindle. Here’s the passage: “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.
I realize it’s not exactly an edifying passage, and it was written well before Wilde’s deathbed conversion to Catholicism, but when you consider that 19 of the remaining Top 25 highlighted passage come from The Hunger Games series, it was good to see Wilde sneak into the Number 25 slot. * * * * * * * Number Two, incidentally, comes from Jane Austen. You can probably guess what it is: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” But I attribute the popularity of that passage to Keira Knightley more than a love for the classics. * * * * * * * Opening line from a spoof of the Austen classic: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList