Last Plea for Most Notable Quotations of 2013

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 27 05:57:14 UTC 2013

On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
> 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

Pope Francis keeps saying quotable things. From his Apostolic
Exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel):

"I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has
been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from
being confined and from clinging to its own security."


Ben Zimmer

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