[PW] Most Notable Quotations of 2015 So Far?

John Henderson jhenderson at ithaca.edu
Wed Nov 4 16:47:57 PST 2015

I think Justice Kennedy's closing paragraph on the same-sex ruling still holds up as a most notable quotation of the year:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.

Perhaps the most quoted line from Pope Francis' 'Laudato si' is:, “I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” 

If not that, then, perhaps: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”

John Henderson
Ithaca College Library

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Subject: [PW] Most Notable Quotations of 2015 So Far?

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.

I would welcome suggestions of notable quotations from 2015, particularly ones from politics or popular culture or entertainment or sports or
business or technology.

Here are some of the contenders that I am already aware of:

blood coming out of her eyes; blood coming out of her -- wherever
Donald Trump

Who's doing the raping?
Donald Trump

He is not a war hero.
Donald Trump

a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight, and when they come out, they're gay.  So, did something happen while they were in there?
Ben Carson

Clinton sparred with Fox News reporter Ed Henry, who asked her whether she "wiped" her server.
"What — like with a cloth or something?" Clinton joked

Stuff happens.
Jeb Bush

Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?  But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee.  What are her numbers today?
Kevin McCarthy

Fred Shapiro

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