Quotes of 2011

Here is my selection of quotes from last year:

A poet once said, ‘Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line”  Ex US Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain quoting  the Donna Summer song,  The Power of One, the theme of the 1999  Pokémon movie

We are the 99 percent. The Occupy movement

All the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we owe them everything. They take over a public park they didn’t pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for, to beg for food from places they don’t want to pay for, to obstruct those who are going to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park, so they can self-righteously explain they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything. That is a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country, and why you need to reassert something by saying to them, ‘Go get a job right after you take a bath. Newt Gingrich

But our assessment is that the Egyptian Government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people. Hillary Clinton’s assessment of the situation in Egypt in the final days of the Mubarak regime on January 25, two weeks before Mubarak fell from power.

There’s a different leader in Syria now. Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reform. Hillary Clinton once again shining.

They love me … They will die to protect me, my people. Muammar Gaddafi in March.

I am on a drug. It’s called ‘Charlie Sheen.’ It’s not available because if you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body. Charlie Sheen

Well, what I want them to know is just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, that’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.  Michele Bachmann, whose hometown is Waterloo, Iowa claiming John Wayne for her hometown. Unfortunately the John Wayne connected to Waterloo was not the Duke, but notorious serial killer, John Wayne Gacy, who sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978.

Nobody should believe that another half century of peace and prosperity in Europe can be taken for granted. Therefore, I say that if the euro fails, Europe fails.  Angela Merkel, German chancellor

Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow. The last words of Steve Jobs, as reported by his sister Mona Simpson in her eulogy.

A stag night? I’ve been having a stag night for the past 50 years. Playboy’s Hugh Hefner, 85, before his wedding to Crystal Harris, 24. She later called it off

A pretty boy with no brains. Model Nereida Gallardo, on her former boyfriend, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

A lazy, feckless, flatulent, oaf with a moustache leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat. Top Gear’s Richard Hammond comparing  Mexican cars to the country’s people.

 I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families. Another Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, has a drastic solution to the public sector strike in December.

This is one of the most humble days of my life. Rupert Murdoch before a parliamentary committee hearing on the British tabloid phone-hacking scandal.

I loved Michael too. I’m as much of a fan as any of the others. To be blamed for his death has not been an easy thing. Dr Conrad Murray

She’s a pop music legend, and the industry would not be the same without her. I used to hang pictures of her on my wall and touch myself when I was in bed. Lady Gaga introducing Britney Spears at the MTV Video Music Awards.

This has all been invented by porn-obsessed prosecutors. It’s all the work of their fevered imaginations. My roots are strengthened by Christian values that have been with me since I was growing up. Can you imagine if I would allow any sort of blasphemous behaviour in my house?”  Silvio Berlusconi

When asked if they would like to have sex with me, 30% of women said, ‘Yes’, while the other 70% replied, ‘What, again?‘”  Silvio Berlusconi.

My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire friendly Congress.  Warren Buffett arguing for a higher tax rate for America’s super-rich.

He’s a musical genius. It’s like living with Picasso. Gwyneth Paltrow about her husband, Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

It has been a really tough weekend. Harold Camping, doomsday prophet two days after the Rapture failed to occur on May 21; Camping’s other prediction on Oct. 21 did not come true either.

Quite simply, we lost our way. News of the World, in editorial that ran in its final edition. The 168-year-old British tabloid closed in July in wake of phone-hacking scandal.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales … are grim indeed. Antonin Scalia, US Supreme Court Justice, in court’s decision allowing sale of violent video games to minors. Scalia was comparing these games to gruesome fairy tales.

There is no doubt we have killed Osama bin Laden. The fact of the matter is you will not see bin Laden walking on this earth again. US President Barack Obama 


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