Last Plea for Most Notable Quotations of 2013

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Nov 23 21:26:29 UTC 2013

I need to get serious about finalizing 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 particularly could use help this year.

I would welcome suggestions of notable quotations from 2013, particularly ones from politics or popular culture or entertainment or sports or business or technology.

Some of the quotations I am already considering for 2013 are:

Pope Francis on "who am I to judge" and focus of Catholic Church on certain issues

David Ortiz on Boston marathon bombing

President Obama on people losing their health insurance

President Obama on Trayvon Martin

Wayne LaPierre on good guys stopping bad guys

Edward Snowden on "I don't want to live in a world ..."

Hillary Clinton on "What difference does it make?"

Fred Shapiro

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