Why The 5 Best-Selling Books of All Time Give Me Hope for Humanity

Plus, the books I didn’t include.

Linda Caroll
Sep 25, 2020 · 6 min read

But first… the books I didn’t include

The 5 best selling books of all time…

1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings — 150 million

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Original Cover, author photo and signature from Wikipedia

There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for. — The Lord of the Rings

2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit — 150 million

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Hardcover (left) // Dust jacket (middle) // Tolkein (right) — thanks Wikipedia!

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” — The Hobbit

3. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince — 140 million

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” — The Little Prince

4. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone — 120 million

“It is our choices … that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — Dumbledore, Harry Potter

5. C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe — 95 million

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photos from wikipedia

Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny. — C.S. Lewis

Why these 5 books give us hope for humanity…

“Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.” — G.K. Chesterton

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