Most Notable Quotations of 2009

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 3 07:18:27 UTC 2009

Fred Shapiro said:
> 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.

"No matter what [Michael] wanted, someone would give it to him," he
said. "The very rich and the very poor and the very famous get the
worst medical care."

Michael Jackson's doctor Arnold Klein.

"And the creepy stuff was, that I have had sex with women who work for
me on this show."

David Letterman speaks on his television show.

"This is an extreme example of uncontrollable greed which should be

Legal exhibit released in 2009: an anonymous letter sent to the SEC in
2006 requesting an investigation of the investment firm Bernard L.
Citation: Madoff: SEC Agent Was a 'Blowhard' by Sarah N. Lynch,
October 31, 2009, Wall Street Journal.

"I had to hold my nose and stop those firms from failing."

Ben Bernanke, US Federal Reserve chairman on the bail-out.

"The Democratic Party wants to spend more than we can afford; the
Republican Party tends to want to cut taxes more than we can afford.
So we are stuck."

Senator Evan Bayh on the deficit.

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