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Muhammad Ali's Greatest Quotes

The 'Louisville Lip' knew just what to say

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali, who died Friday at age 74 , wasn't known as the Louisville Lip for nothing. The man whose quick hands and feet stunned opponents inside the ring—and won him three heavyweight-boxing championships—showed just as much verbal dexterity for the microphones. Some of his best quotes, per... More »

Most Notable Quotes of 2015

It's littered with presidential candidates

(Newser) - Pope Francis' comments that human activity is mostly to blame for global warming top a list of the most notable quotes of 2015, as compiled by a Yale Law School librarian who also included several sound bites from the US presidential campaign. Fred Shapiro, an associate librarian at the law... More »

'It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over:' Yogi Berra's Greatest Lines

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it"

(Newser) - Yogi Berra was one of the greatest catchers of all time, but the New York Yankees legend, who has died at age 90 , was almost as famous for his hilarious "Yogi-isms." Some of his more widely quoted words of wisdom:
  • On his approach to at-bats: "You can'
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2014's Most Notable Quote: 'I Can't Breathe!'

Many on Yale's annual list have to do with race

(Newser) - "I can't breathe!"—the exclamation made by Eric Garner while in a police chokehold—was chosen as the most notable quote of the year in an annual list released by a Yale University librarian. It was one of several quotes chosen for the list that reflect... More »

Meaning Behind 9/11 Memorial Quote Is Jarring

It refers to pair of Trojan soldiers who killed many

(Newser) - The words, with no context beyond location, seem appropriate enough: "No day shall erase you from the memory of time. Virgil." So reads a 60-foot-long inscription appearing along a wall at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum. Behind the wall sit the 8,000 human remains that... More »

And the Quote of the Year Is...

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

(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
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These 'Cheery, Pithy' Quotes Are Fake

And they muddle the true message of great leaders: Brian Morton

(Newser) - Perhaps you live by the words of Henry David Thoreau: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” Or Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” If so, Brian Morton has bad news for you: Neither... More »

The Top 10 Quotes of 2010

We're not witches, either

(Newser) - Remember when Christine O'Donnell solemnly looked into our eyes and declared, "I'm not a witch"? That little gem has topped (well, tied for tops) 2010's list of most memorable quotes, according to the Yale Book of Quotations. Giving O'Donnell a run for her money was Tony Hayward's "... More »

What Happened to the Movie One-Liner?

The great, repeatable lines have fallen off since the '90s

(Newser) - Think about it: When was the last time you, and everyone you know, went around quoting an unforgettable line from a movie? We all remember the classics—“Go ahead, make my day”; “You talking to me?”; “Hasta la vista, baby”—but such one-liners have fizzled out... More »

Doh! Oval Office Rug Gets Quote's Author Wrong

It's attributed to MLK, but he borrowed the words

(Newser) - The new rug in President Obama's Oval Office includes famous quotations, including this from Martin Luther King Jr.: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." The only problem, reports the Washington Post , is that King borrowed the words (and made no secret... More »

High School Prints Yearbook With Hitler Quote

Dictator's words slip past school authorities

(Newser) - The administrators of a Pennsylvania high school are red in the face after letting a Hitler quote slip into the 2010 yearbook, CBS News reports. Sprinkled among many others throughout the book is this: "And in the last analysis, success is what matters." It's displayed with Hitler's name... More »

Vince Lombardi Biopic Will Be Best Sports Flick 'Ever'

If famed Packers coach's quotes don't do it, De Niro surely will

(Newser) - The upcoming movie starring Robert De Niro as Vince Lombardi will undoubtedly be the “greatest sports movie ever,” Julian Sancton writes. The famed Green Bay Packers coach was an inexhaustible source of quotable remarks, and a top-notch sports flick must have at least one memorable line, he writes... More »

Famous Movie Misquotations

'Play it again, Sam' and 'Greed is good' aren't quite right

(Newser) - Fred Shapiro rounds up famous quotations from movies that for one reason or another—compression, clarity, cadence, to name a few—are altered in our collective memory. A sampling from the On Language column in the New York Times Sunday magazine:
  • "Greed is good." (Wall Street). Orginal: "
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20 Best Homer Simpson Quotes

(Newser) - In honor of tonight's 20th-anniversary celebration of The Simpsons, Washington Post comics columnist Michael Cavna offers his list of the top 20 Homer Simpson quotes. Of course, No. 1 is "D'oh!" Selected other gems:
  • "Oh, everything looks bad if you remember it."
  • "I'm going to
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The Decade's Best Quotes

(Newser) - With the end of the decade near, Newsweek has rounded up the top 10 most important quotes from 2000 to 2009. A selection:
  • "Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job": President George W. Bush, Sept. 2, 2005. In one line to then-FEMA director Michael Brown, Bush summed
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The Best Bushisms, Never to Be 'Misunderestimated'

British paper offers random presidential pearls of wisdom

(Newser) - Will any future leader wreak linguistic havoc with the creative fervor of President Bush? The Guardian bids his presidency adieu with a list of its favorite Bushisms, including:
  • "I’m honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein.
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Meanest Quotes Uttered by Men

Rivals, women, and love get trounced

(Newser) - Men's Health rounds up what it calls the "meanest things ever said by men." Here's a sample:
  • "Michael Jackson's album was only called Bad because there wasn't enough room on the sleeve for Pathetic."—Prince
  • "He looks like a dwarf who's been dipped in
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