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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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adjrk31697 December 29 2013 at 3:15 PM

Excuse me, I guess I should have said people instead of singling out Democrats.

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adjrk31697 December 29 2013 at 3:12 PM

I wonder how many Democrats who have kids and support Hillary Clinton's comment's, would admit they would abandon their own kids.

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David Hoyle December 29 2013 at 12:34 PM

Hillary Clinton "What difference does it make now!"

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emmett December 29 2013 at 11:35 AM

Here's 3 more; " Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages 'super-size' " ~ NY fast-food workers chanting for an increase. ... " I was Hannah Montana's mother... Where did I go wrong? " ~ Brooke Shields on Miley Cyrus. ... " I'm basically the healthiest fat-guy you've ever seen " ~ New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as he ate a donut on 'late night show' .

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nancy December 29 2013 at 8:16 AM

The most memorable quote of 2013 will be, " If you like your plan, you can keep it." Again, another skewed article.

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db1219 December 28 2013 at 6:27 PM

At least Toronto mayor, Rob Ford didn't do what my cousin did----he went on national TV, bawling his eyes out, and yelled, "I did cocaine" while he was a mayor of the largest city in state where we live.

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db1219 December 28 2013 at 6:22 PM

Has anyone else noticed that there are no actual quotes listed here???

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emmett December 29 2013 at 11:37 AM

Check underneath photos in slide-show .

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bharrison777 December 23 2013 at 11:44 AM

Inaccurate. What a understatement that is. His promise was a bald face lie he repeated over and over. Have the guts to call a lie a lie.

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mfcomedy December 27 2013 at 6:53 AM

why don't you blame the smarmy insurance companies for cancelling their policies? Oh, I guess Faux News didn't tell you to think that.

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jimf552 December 29 2013 at 6:35 AM

When the ACA was signed in March 2010 there was a grandfather clause for existing policies. Those policies are fine, therefore the statement is accurate.

If there was a change in an existing policy or a policy purchased after March 2010 then there is a requirement to conform with ACA minimal essential coverage rules.

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LONNIE December 29 2013 at 8:37 AM

It is OBAMACARE, OBAMACARE. Read the WH press releases. Second, the OBAMACARE mandate/collusion pact states many, many items but the door is so wide open and the FACTS of the collusion can be read 1000 different ways by 1000 different people. If a persons policy was cancelled wrongfully as you seem to suggest why is the white house not stopping it from happening? I must congratulate you loyal followers of HIM. Each one of you are willing to go down on the sinking ship withthe Captain. How do you feel about the growing dissention in the liberal ranks? Are these people being fooled? Are they ignorant? Are they incapable of making a decision on their own? Why must a person like me, 61 years old have to subsidize a 21 year old womans birth control. Why do you at whatever age you are have to? Can you comprehend how many millions of dollars a year that one piece being taken out could save TAXPAYERS? I saving taxpayers money relavant to you? Or does making people dependant more your cup of tea?

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Tom December 23 2013 at 10:42 AM

How about Hillary's"What difference does it make?"
By the way what happened to her Mr Magoo glasses?

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crazy ray December 23 2013 at 10:15 AM

Lean in? That's notable? And words of wisdom from scruffy, traitorous Snowden? Are you really the champions of trivia and nonsense?

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