Top 10 Most Memorable Quotes for 2007

Fred R. Shapiro, the editor of The Yale Book of Quotations, has compiled a list of the Ten Most Memorable Quotes for 2007. Shapiro clarifies: “I’m not listing the most admirable quotes, the most eloquent quotes. It’s the most memorable quotes.” Be careful what you say in 2008. The words you speak may follow you around for a long time.

Top 10 Most Memorable Quotes for 2007

  1. “Don’t tase me, bro!” (September 17, 2007) — College student Andrew Meyer shouted out these words as officers removed him from a speech by Senator John Kerry at the University of Florida. Meyer’s words have since become a catch phrase around the nation, appearing on t-shirts and even recorded as ringtones.
  2. “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and the Iraq and everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us.” (August 24, 2007) — South Carolina beauty contestant Lauren Caitlin Upton became a YouTube phenomenon after she gave this rather disjointed response at the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant. She was answering a question about why one-fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a map. Here is the video:


  4. “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.” (September 24, 2007 ) — Remarks made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University in New York.
  5. “That’s some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos and … That’s some nappy-headed [word deleted] there.” (April 4, 2007) — Radio personality Don Imus lost his job when he made this comment on his show about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
  6. “I don’t recall.” (April 19, 2007) — Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales responded with these words 71 times during questioning at a congressional hearing about the firing of U.S. attorneys.
  7. “There’s only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun and a verb and 9/11.” (October 30, 2007) — Senator Joseph Biden critiquing Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia.
  8. “I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody who has a 9 percent approval rating.” (April 24, 2007) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talking about Vice President Dick Cheney.
  9. “(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom.” (June 11, 2007) — Idaho Senator Larry Craig explaining why his foot touched that of an undercover policeman in a men’s room.
  10. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” (January 31, 2007) — Senator Joseph Biden describing rival Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in an interview printed in the New York Observer.
  11. “I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.” (May 19, 2007) — Former President Jimmy Carter in an interview printed in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. (Carter later acknowledged his remarks as “careless.”)


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