Bleg: Most Notable Quote of 2011

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.


It's got to be Charlie Sheen's babbling about 'winning' and having tiger's blood.

Allison M

I am a fan of Mitt Romney's recent gaffe, as a reason why he fired the company who hired illegal immigrants - "I'm running for office, for Pete's sake!"


It has to be charlie sheen in pop culture atleast

I think twitter has given us ALOT more quotes to take from this year, everyone posting their insights

Lucia Lozano

"If Lehman Brothers had been Lehman Sisters, today's economic crisis clearly would look quite different." -Christine Lagarde


"We are the 99%"


"(John McCain) doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works."

-- Rick Santorum

T. Weymouth

I'll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one.


"Wall Street is our Main Street — love ’em or hate ’em. They are important and we have to make sure we are doing everything we can to support them unless they are doing something indefensible." - Kathryn Wylde


Jill Blevins

"Winning!" Hands down. 2011 wouldn't have been 2011 without it.


For God and country - Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo


"fish in a bag I think better than fish in a barrel that you have just made shoot of" - DJ Flula Borg

Basil White




Kim Kardashian: "I do." Then 72 days later, not so much.


How about this one?
As political spin goes, this is a true gem. Kyl said abortion is "well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does" -- a blatant lie -- and when called on it, his defense is that his remarks on the Senate floor were "not intended to be a factual statement." What an amazing way to justify all bogus claims -- just make stuff up, and if anyone notices that you're not telling the truth, simply explain that your nonsense was "not intended to be a factual statement."

Thomas Laussermair

"Corporations may be people, but they are not American." [Jon Stewart after Mitt Romney's quote.]


"Who is Boehner fooling? What am I, Anthony Wainer? I'm serious, brother, just embrace it!"



I still like "the rent is too damn high."


"Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow." Steve Jobs


Vin Scully- 10 years isn't long enough for many.
" I have refrained from doing a big 9/11 remembrance post. Mostly because — despite our being implored to “never forget” — I find it pretty unpleasant to think about."


I would nominate Elizabeth Warren:

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for.