Most Notable Quotations of 2009

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 3 04:18:05 UTC 2009

At 10:08 PM -0600 11/2/09, Scot LaFaive wrote:
>Kayne West after interrupting Taylor Swift at MTV Video Music Awards: "But
>Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of
>all time!"
>Sarah Palin on Obama's health care reform: "The America I know and love is
>not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand
>in front of Obama's death panel."

I vote for the Sanford one; the others are too depressing.


>On Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 8:41 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
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>>  Subject:      Most Notable Quotations of 2009
>>  I'm starting to think about my list for the Associated Press of the top 10
>>  most notable quotations of the year.  By "notable" I mean "important" or
>>  "famous" or "particularly revealing of the spirit of our times" rather than
>>  necessarily being eloquent or admirable.
>>  Two that seem to stand out are Mark Sanford's spokesman saying "The
>>  governor is hiking the Appalachian trail" and Joe Wilson's calling out "You
>>  lie!"
>>  I would welcome suggestions of additional quotes from 2009, particularly
>>  ones from politics or popular culture or entertainment or sports or business
>>  or technology.
>>  Fred Shapiro
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