[Ads-l] Notable Quotations of the Year Appeal

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 20 19:16:47 EST 2016


A few non-political possibilities...

"Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love."
-- Lin-Manuel Miranda, accepting the Tony Award for best original score for
"Hamilton" (in a sonnet paying tribute to victims of the Orlando shooting)

"The great thing about it is, we became such great losers. Good sports.
Good losers... I hope we're just as good sports as winners as we were as
when we didn't win."
-- Bill Murray, celebrating the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series

"OK, ladies, now let's get in formation, 'cause I slay."
-- Beyonce, "Formation"


On Sun, Nov 20, 2016 at 11:01 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
wrote:

> It's that time of year again.  I have only a couple of weeks more to
> finalize my list of the notable quotations of the year, and would welcome
> input.  The criteria are quotations that are famous, or important, or
> particularly revealing of the spirit of our times rather than necessarily
> being eloquent or admirable.  This year the competition among political
> quotations is truly intense, with a plenitude of memorable quotes from
> you-know-who.  I do, however, desperately want some nonpolitical quotes
> from fields such as popular culture, entertainment, sports, business,
> science, technology, etc.  I also desperately want some ridiculous quotes
> from Democrats to give the list some balance.
>
>
> Below is my current list of candidates.  Comments on which of these are
> most notable, or which of them are not so notable, and especially
> suggestions of additional quotations would be most welcome.  Note that
> quotes from December 2015 may be eligible.  Internet memes can be
> considered if they are very popular.
>
>
> Fred Shapiro
>
>
>
> TRUMP
>
>
> I alone can fix it.
>
>
> Russia ... I hope you're able to find the 30.000 emails.
>
>
> I think I've made a lot of sacrifices ...
>
>
> Second Amendment people.
>
>
> I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I
> wouldn't lose any votes.
>
>
> That makes me smart.
>
>
> Grab them by the p----.
>
>
> I'll keep you in suspense.
>
>
> [I'll accept the election results] If I win.
>
>
> Such a nasty woman.
>
>
> Why can't we use nuclear weapons?
>
>
> I've been treated very unfairly by this judge.  Now, this judge is of
> Mexican heritage.
>
>
> I know words.  I know the best words.
>
>
> H. CLINTON
>
>
> Basket of deplorables.
>
>
> Delete your account.
>
>
> You need both a public and a private position.
>
>
> A man you can bait with a tweet ...
>
>
> CRUZ
>
>
> Vote your conscience.
>
>
> PAUL RYAN
>
>
> Textbook definition of a racist comment.
>
>
> PAUL LEPAGE
>
>
> Drug dealers coming to Maine and impregnating young, white girls.
>
>
> STEVE BANNON
>
>
> Darkness is good.  Dick Cheney.  Darth Vader.  Satan.  That's power
>
>
> KHIZR KAHN
>
>
> Have you read the Constitution? ... You have sacrificed nothing and no one.
>
>
> LETTER FROM 50 GOP NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS
>
>
> Quote about Trump.
>
>
> JOHN BOEHNER
>
>
> [Ted Cruz is] Lucifer in the flesh.
>
>
> MICHELLE OBAMA
>
>
> When they go low, we go high.  [May actually be pre-2016 quote by Barack
> Obama]
>
>
>

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