Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, released his fifth annual list of the most notable quotations of the year. Shapiro noted that the top quotes stemmed from two of the biggest news stories of the year, the oil spill and the emergence of the tea party. The original Yale Book of Quotations was published in 2006. Since then, Shapiro has released an annual list of the top 10 quotes. He said they will be incorporated into the next edition of the book. Shapiro picks quotes that are famous, important or revealing of the spirit of the times. The quotes aren't necessarily the most eloquent or admirable. Here's the list:
Gordon Brown, comments about a voter he met while campaigning for British general election, Apr. 28.
Christine O'Donnell, Delaware senatorial debate, Oct. 19. (The Associated Press reported the quote: "So you're telling me that the separation of church and state, the phrase 'separation of church and state,' is in the First Amendment?")
LeBron James, television broadcast, July 8.
Nancy Pelosi, speech to National Association of Counties, March 9.
Sharron Angle, radio interview in January.
Chant at Chilean mine rescue, Oct. 13.
Sarah Palin, Tweet, March 23.
Airline passenger John Tyner, remark to Transportation Security Administration worker at San Diego airport, Nov. 13, 2010
(Tie for first) Tony Hayward, comment to reporters, May 30.
(Tie for first) Christine O'Donnell, television advertisement, Oct. 4.