Most Notable Quotations of 2013 So Far?

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 25 21:27:45 UTC 2013

Others have suggested this quotation to me as a candidate for one of the most notable quotations of the year.  I would consider it as such if I believed it signaled some major change in the Church's attitudes toward homosexuality, but I have not regarded it as a serious candidate because I don't expect that it will signal any major change by the Church.

Fred Shapiro

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I think the Catholic Church has officially denied
that this statement will make any difference in
its practices.  If so, would that disqualify it for QOTY?


At 8/24/2013 09:54 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>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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