The Best Quote of 2012 Is...
Mitt Romney's '47%' remark
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 10, 2012 2:52 PM CST
Updated Dec 15, 2012 12:37 PM CST
Mitt Romney, joined by wife Ann, right, talks with an unidentified spectator at ringside prior to a welterweight fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney's comments about 47% of the population being dependent on the government and "binders full of women" topped this year's best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian. "Debate remarks and gaffes actually seemed to play an important role in the ups and downs of the election campaign and may even have affected the ultimate outcome of the election," said Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, upon releasing his seventh annual list of the most notable quotations of the year.

Obama made the list, too, for his "you didn't build that" comment and his "horses and bayonets" debate line. The original Yale Book of Quotations was published in 2006, 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. Click for the full top 10, which includes "legitimate rape" and "Etch-a-Sketch."

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Dec 15, 2012 3:55 PM CST
sorry, best one was "No point in waiting"
Dec 15, 2012 3:19 PM CST
I hope Mitt Romney is TIME's "Person of the Year." Affiliation aside, no one could have screwed-up this victory more than Mitt Romney.
Dec 15, 2012 2:46 PM CST
My favorite quote is "Hello Manny. I ran for president. I lost." To me December 8th in Las Vegas summed up his failed attempt at the Presidency. If you look closely at the knockout of Pacquiao by the Mexican fighter, you can see it occurred in Pacquiao's corner and Mitt was seated right there in Pacquiao's corner He picked the wrong fighter to support. I hope he bet and lost a $100,000 on Pacquiao. Latino voters helped lose him the election and the Mexican fighter knocked out his pinoy boy.