Most Notable Quotations of 2010

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Nov 20 02:14:40 UTC 2010

I am now working on 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.

Some of the possibiliities (many of them very helpfully suggested by Ben Zimmer) include:

Government isn't what our Founding Fathers put into the Constitution.
Sharron Angle

I'd like my life back.
Tony Hayward

Dude, you have no Koran!
Jacob Isom

I'm going to take my talents to South Beach.
LeBron James

I'm not a witch.  I'm nothing you've heard.  I'm you.
Christine O'Donnell

We live in hard times, not End Times.
Jon Stewart

I would welcome suggestions of additional quotes from 2010, particularly ones from politics or popular culture or entertainment or sports or business or technology.

Fred Shapiro

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