Most Notable Quotations of 2013 So Far?

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Aug 25 01:54:00 UTC 2013

Do foreign-language quotations count? If so, how about...

"Se una persona è gay e cerca il Signore e ha buona volontà, ma chi
sono io per giudicarla?" ("If someone is gay and is searching for the
Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?") -- Pope Francis,
July 28, 2013


On Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 8:24 PM, Bonnie Taylor-Blake wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
>> I’m starting to think about my annual list, run by 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.  Last year's winner was Mitt Romney's quote about the
>> 47 per cent.  Because this is not an election year or year-before-election year, the most notable quotations
>> are less obvious, which is why I am soliciting preliminary input at this time.
>> I would welcome suggestions of notable quotations from 2013, particularly ones from politics or popular
>> culture or entertainment or sports or business or technology.
> Well, though we've still got a third of the year to go, I believe the
> following should be somewhere on your list, Fred:
> "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago." -- Barack Obama, 19 July 2013
> (Some may recall that last year the President had observed, "If I had
> a son, he would look like Trayvon.")
> I look forward to seeing the list take shape over the coming months.

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