And the Quote of the Year Is...

'We are the 99%' ... plus 9 more memorable utterances

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 19, 2011 8:21 AM CST

(Newser) – It's been a good year for quotes inspiring, inept, and inscrutable. A Yale librarian has compiled his annual list of the year's 10 key quotations, and topping this year's selection is Occupy Wall Street's rallying cry: "We are the 99%." The runners-up:

  1. Lines from Elizabeth Warren's much-watched speech: "Nobody in this country got rich on his own. Nobody."
  2. Warren Buffett's complaint: "My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress."
  3. Jon Huntsman's tweet: "I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy."

  1. Rick Perry: "Oops."
  2. Herman Cain's assertion: that he didn't know "the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan."
  3. Charlie Sheen: "I am on a drug. It's called 'Charlie Sheen.' If you try it ... your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body."
  4. Steve Jobs' last words: "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."
  5. Anthony Weiner on that graphic photo: "I can't say with certitude."
  6. Gloria Allred on her client: "Mr. Cain instead decided to provide her with his idea of a stimulus package."
Click through for the full quotations—or take a look at the year's biggest news.

Occupy Wall Street protesters Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in New York.
Occupy Wall Street protesters Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in New York.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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