[Ads-l] Donald J. Trump Quotes from 2019-2020

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 16 00:39:06 UTC 2020

The hits keep coming:

"You don't test, you don't have any cases. If we stopped testing right now,
we'd have very few cases, if *any.*"


On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 4:49 PM Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:

> Bill's point may well be a valid one.  Every year I compile the "top 10"
> notable quotations of the year, which are largely ridiculous or deplorable
> quotes reflecting the ridiculous and deplorable times we live in.  The Yale
> Book of Quotations is very different in nature, presenting for the most
> part quotes "for the ages," that are primarily eloquent or insightful or
> witty or famous or historically important.  It might be for the best if I
> stuck to those five categories in the YBQ, but I do include a relatively
> small amount of the ridiculous/deplorable items along with Shakespeare and
> Mark Twain and other sages.  I do this because I want the book to be
> "up-to-date" and, frankly, there is not a lot of eloquence nowadays.
> The biggest section of ridiculous/deplorable in the forthcoming second
> edition of the YBQ, by a long shot, is the Donald Trump section.  I think
> Trump's quotes are special because, unlike most ridiculous/deplorable
> remarks of the past, they are historically important: a lot of conflict and
> suffering and cultural degradation is ushered in by his comments and the
> attitudes behind them.
> But, as I said above, I concede that Bill's point may be a valid one, that
> the Trumpisms and other wacky discourse of our times may be out of place in
> my book and may detract from its tone.
> Fred Shapiro
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> I generally think of the YBQ as being a bit higher-brow than needing to
> include a list of "dumb things the president has said lately".
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