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The top 10 most memorable quotes of 2013

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - President Barack Obama's acknowledgement that his promise that Americans could keep their health insurance plan turned out to be inaccurate topped this year's list of best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.

Other notable quotations on Fred Shapiro's eighth-annual list included Pope Francis' urging that the Catholic Church reduce emphasizing hot-button issues like abortion, a Republican governor insisting on changes in his party and a Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban calling for a campaign against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism.

"I think there is a theme of change," said Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School. "We have the health care law running into problems. We have the pope who is ruffling some feathers. We have an education activist standing up for the rights of women to have an education. You have Republican Party officials advocating change within that party."

As Obama's new health care law was rolled out with a faulty website, millions of Americans received cancellation letters from insurance companies. With his credibility on the line and his approval rating in polls ebbing, Obama announced a shift in policy to fulfill his promise that people could keep their health insurance plans, saying insurers should be allowed to continue selling plans that would be deemed substandard under the health care overhaul to existing customers.

The pope drew attention this year after imploring the church to avoid an obsession with "small-minded rules" and to emphasize compassion over condemnation in dealing with touchy topics like abortion, gays and contraception. The pope also restated the church's opposition to abortion.

In an off-election year, there were fewer quotes from politicians and a more diverse collection ranging from religion to baseball. Still, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford became the first Canadian to make the list with his admission in November that he smoked crack cocaine.

One top quote came from 2012, shortly after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association said, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." The list is compiled by mid-December, and later quotes are carried into the following year.

The original "Yale Book of Quotations" was published in 2006 by Yale University Press, and Shapiro has updated it with an annual list of the top 10 quotes. Shapiro picks quotes that are famous, important or revealing of the spirit of the times, not necessarily ones that are the most eloquent or admirable.

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hotspringspark December 16 2013 at 10:44 AM

Looks like AOL is becoming AOL and easing away from that ciber rag, Huff Post. Good for you AOL.

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jw2160 December 16 2013 at 9:23 AM

Hillary saying: "What difference does it make!" is missing . . . I wonder why?

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no1ryb jw2160 December 16 2013 at 9:52 AM

Me too !!! Hillarys' quote should follow her the rest of her life. Now that she is the dem sweetheart will the Republican counterpart be as kind as Mitt was to the great Liar ? Or bring up Benghazi every time they see her ?

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Pazta B jw2160 December 16 2013 at 9:58 AM

It will soon be remembered if she seeks to run for president! Then it will make a difference and well it should!

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gghinmass December 16 2013 at 2:33 PM

What happened to what the Pope said? It's not there

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f4180 gghinmass December 16 2013 at 3:14 PM

it disappeared , miraculopusly

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tmorganl December 16 2013 at 9:17 AM

Where are the 10 quotes?
A quote stands by itself. Does not need a paragraph of explanation.

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Margie tmorganl December 16 2013 at 9:23 AM

What a disappointment. Guess you have to "read the article to understand what's in it" and even THEN you don't get the full picture. Oh well....
Just seeing that the obvious lie from POTUS made the top of the list did at least give legitimacy to the article.
What say you?

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colinhrdng December 16 2013 at 4:30 PM

..me too on Big Papi - from the heart - at preciously the right time...no time to rehearse

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Cathie colinhrdng December 16 2013 at 6:13 PM

Big Papi only expressed what we were all feeling here in Boston.....and yes, from the heart.

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alyce December 16 2013 at 9:11 AM

to Jim

aol didn't do a bait and switch, just click on the arrow to the right or left of Sheryl Sandberg( the pretty woman on the top of the page and each 10 quotes will show up.

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bbwiththeo alyce December 16 2013 at 10:34 AM

Nice, I'll bet he's a democrat voter.

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Robin DeVita PhD December 16 2013 at 4:53 PM


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Sidney Feldman December 16 2013 at 5:00 PM

what are the 9 other quotes?

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bucsnbolts Sidney Feldman December 16 2013 at 5:25 PM

In the slide show.

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hair0741 December 16 2013 at 9:01 AM

1 Corinthians 3:18-20
English Standard Version (ESV)
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

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jwpequines hair0741 December 16 2013 at 9:23 AM


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Sidney Feldman December 16 2013 at 5:01 PM

where are the rest of the quotes

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