Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top quotations of 2010


As we leave 2010, let us review what had happened around the world for the last 365 days through some quotes of notable men and women. From over 200 quotes, I slashed them down to 34. It's not a scientific selection. I chose based on uniqueness and the impact it made during the time. I hope it will help you to look at the year past. The Website from which it was taken from is found at the bottom of this article.
January 2010
"Meryl Streep looks like an unmade bed." -- Actress Sharon Stone.
"We lead the world when it comes to helping stem the AIDS pandemic - yet we are one of only a dozen countries that still bar people with HIV from entering our own country." -- US President Obama, as U.S. lifts a 22-year immigration ban on people living with HIV/AIDS.
"Dolphins are 'nonhuman persons' who qualify for moral standing as individuals." -- Thomas White, professor of ethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; scientists believe that the second most intelligent animals are so bright that they should be treated as humans and not kept in pens or killed for food.
February 2010
"Rich People spend a lot more money on their own problems, like baldness, than they do to fight malaria." -- Bill Gates criticizes Italy's low levels of foreign aid in 2009, blaming Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is rumored to have undergone hair transplants.
"I'd rather be a really good one-term President than a mediocre two-term President." -- US President Obama, vows to continue to press for health care reform.
March 2010
"This is a big fucking deal." -- US vice-president Joe Biden to Barack Obama at signing into law of the historic US healthcare program.
"A ban on eating would show China has reached a new level of civilization." --Chinese professor Chang Jiwen on China considering making the eating cats and dogs illegal.
"I want you to know, Mrs Obama, that I'm your husband's No 1 fan. And not just because he's a black man. He's mixed. And I wouldn't really know what that looks like anyway." --Stevie Wonder greets Michelle Obama, wife of US president.
April 2010
"Many women who do not dress modesty...lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes." -- Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, Iranian cleric, after severe earthquake warning in Tehran.
"We now have proof that Toyota failed to live up to its legal obligations." --Ray Lahood, US Transportation Secretary, after government announced it would fine Toyota a record $16.4m for failing to alert regulators to safety problems with gas pedals on popular models like Camry and Corolla.
"Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, It hit 'em...Look at those dead bastards." --Recording from attack by American military helicopter on Iraqi civilians.
May 2010
"The greatest persecution of the church doesn't come from enemies on the outside but is born from the sin within the church." -- Pope Benedict XVI, on church's widespread sexual-abuse scandal.
"These days nobody seems to be able to keep it in their pants or honor a commitment." -- Raquel Welch, actress, on legacy of contraceptive pill.
"I'll do my fucking best." -- Lady Gaga, asked if she would cut bad language from next show.
June 2010
"I was conceived in a Petri dish by artificial insemination. It's a horrible, clinical way to be conceived. All my life I've felt as if I'm half a person." -- Caroline Halstead, English wife and mother, whose father was an anonymous sperm donor.
"The doughnut hole will be gone." -- Barack Obama, addressing senior citizens' concerns about Medicare coverage gap known as the doughnut hole, in which they are forced to pay 100% of prescription-drug costs. The government has begun distributing $250 checks to those affected to start process of closing hole by 2020.
"You have the honesty of Abe Lincoln and the charm of the guy who shot him." -- Dane Cook, comedian, pays tribute to departing American Idol judge Simon Cowell.
July 2010
"Spain's name will be on top of the world for the next four years." -- Iker Casillas, captain of Spanish soccer team, on winning 2010 World Cup.
"We are now, I fear, in the early stages of a third depression. The cost to the world economy and, above all, to the millions of lives blighted by the absence of jobs, will be immense." -- Paul Krugman, Nobel prize-winning economist.
August 2010
"It's just a cat, at the end of the day." -- Mary Bale, the Briton who received death threats after online video showed her putting cat in trash can.
"They're making more than the President." -- Cory Christ, resident of Los Angeles suburb Bell, where three top city officials resigned after they admitted to severely inflating their salaries, one of them earning nearly $800,000.
September 2010
"I'm an optimist. I think I will return to Tibet with a Chinese passport." -- The Dalai Lama, on China eventually dropping its hard-line policies and letting him return to Tibet.
"Please do something! We don't want to die of hunger ... I give glory to God that I am still alive, but I would like to stay that way!" --Marjorie Saint Hilaire, in letter of complaint from Haitian tent city that lacks vital provisions almost nine months after Jan 12 earthquake.
"We don't want to hear another apology." -- Margaret Kennedy, of Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors group, on Pope Benedict's visit to Britain.
October 2010
"If geek means you're willing to study things, and if you think science and engineering matter, I plead guilty. If your culture doesn't like geeks, you are in real trouble." -- Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.
"I was with God and I was with the devil. They fought over me but God won. I think I had extraordinary luck." -- Mario Sepulveda, one of 33 Chilean miners rescued after being trapped 2,000 feet below ground for 69 days.
"I am sitting here as a suspect because I have spoken ... nothing but the truth." -- Geert Wilders, Dutch parliamentarian, on trial in Amsterdam for allegedly inciting hatred against Muslims by comparing the Quran to Hitler's Mein Kampf.
"We'd like to spread the culture of fun - and safety." -- Candice Iyog, VP for marketing of Philippine airline Cebu Pacific, on in-flight safety demos, during which flight attendants dance to Lady Gaga music to keep passengers' attention.
November 2010
"I had a sickening feeling every time I thought about it. I still do." -- George W. Bush, writing in his new memoir, Decision Point, that he still feels bad no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.
"This prize belongs to everyone, everyone who is Chinese and has been fearless in defending their dignity." -- Liu Xia, wife of jailed Chinese Novel Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, inviting 143 Chinese activists and academics to award ceremony in Oslo. She remains under house arrest.
December 2010
"We are not changing because of interference by a few clowns." -- Jiang Yu, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, criticizes Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in honor of jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo.
"He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands, Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qa'ida and Taliban leaders?" -- Sarah Palin on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
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