One More Time: Most Notable Quote of 2011

Since my last posting elicited many helpful comments, let me repeat it this week in hope of getting even more input:

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 winners were a tie between Tony Hayward‘s “I’d like my life back” and Christine O’Donnell‘s “I’m not a witch.”

I would welcome suggestions of notable quotations from 2011, particularly ones from politics or popular culture or entertainment or sports or business or technology.


Rick Perry during the Republican Debate- "oops"


charlie sheen- "winning"


We saved the country from a Great Depression.


“It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more." – Joe Paterno


"Lead from Behind"


"I have a confession which is: I go to bed every night, I dream of another recession. I dream of another moment like this" Alessio Rastani


"I try to be known more for my work than for anything else"
Charlie Sheen

Neil (SM)

Here's 3:

"Come on! Come on! It'd be like Hitler playing Golf with Netanyahu."

"You know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. I ... but, no, I am not sexually attracted to young boys."

"Oh Wow! Oh Wow! Oh Wow.


- Steve Jobs' final words


"I shouldn't have showered with those kids" - Sandusky


"Corporations are people too." - Romney (pretty much sums up everything that's wrong with the country economically)


"Shovel-ready was not as ... uh .. shovel-ready as we expected." Pretty much sums up everything that's wrong with the country politically.


"I am the 99%." --various


"My neighbor's dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than President Obama." - Gary Johnson during a GOP debate.


Mr. Shapiro, this one is meant for your 'normal' section (tracing back a quote):

In Daniel C. Dennett's book Breaking the Spell (2006) each chapter is started off with a quote and one of the most intriguing is the following which he attributed to "Anonymous", and therefore I'd like you to find out who said it.

"Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers
that may never he questioned." —Anonymous

Part I, Chapter 1, Sub 4

BTW, I didn't give you this link:


Common fault with OCR software is that a b in italics is mistaken for a h, the "he" in the second sentence of the quote should of course be a "be".

Fritz Mills

I'm with "oops". It kind of sums up the entire Republican nominating process as it's unfolded thus far.


"Everyone needs some skin in the game" - Obama (as only 52% of working America funds the operations of the federal government)


Short and sweet. RIP comedian Greg Giraldo. At the Comedy Central Roast he was introduced by Kathy Griffin. He replied "Thank you Tranny Bonaduce."