Fred Shapiro’s “Top Quotes of 2011” List Released

Posted on December 18, 2011 by


Fred Shapiro is a librarian/lecturer at the Yale Law School and the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations (2006).

Shapiro’s list with the top quotes of the year was released today and reported on in this AP story.

The original “Yale Book of Quotations” was published in 2006. Since then, Shapiro has released an annual list of the top 10 quotes that would be incorporated into the next edition.

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.

The complete list contains 10 quotes. Here are the the Top 3.

1. “We are the 99 percent.”—slogan of Occupy movement.

2. “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there—good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.”—U.S. Sen. candidate Elizabeth Warren, speaking in Andover, Mass., in August.

3. “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress.”—Billionaire Warren Buffett, in a New York Times op-ed on Aug. 15.

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