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2012 Quotes of the Year - Top Sayings of 2012

Quotes of the Week - Sept 18:
"He risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better Libya. The world needs more Chris Stevenses." -- Hillary Clinton, mourning the U.S. ambassador to Libya, who was killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

"I really was preparing my runner-up speech because I thought, Man, she's playing so great." -- Serena Williams, who overcame near defeat by Belarus's Victoria Azarenka to win her fourth U.S. Open tennis title.

"Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel." --Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, arguing that because the U.S. won't set criteria for attacking Iran's nuclear program, it has no right to stop Israel from striking.

Quotes of the Week - Sept 11:
"So young, so in love, so in debt." --Michelle Obama, America's first lady, recalls early married life with Barack.

"Some fans of group sex say that it's better than one-on-one because, as with any collective work, you can skive off." -- Vladimir Putin, Russian President."

"It is fantasy. It is not based on me. You are talking about a guy with a 32-inch waist and a helicopter pilot's license. It is certainly not based on me." -- Niall Leonard, husband of E.L. James, author of Fifty Shades of Grey.

"It's the love story. Women like to read a passionate love story." -- E.L. James claiming Fifty Shades of Grey sold 31 million copies because of romance rather than sex.

Quotes of the Week - Sept 4:
"A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage." --Ann Romney, at U.S. Republican Convention, appearing to address critics who say her husband doesn't understand the average American.

"Idiot! Now it's my turn to slap her." --Joan Rivers, after singer Rihanna said she still cares for her abusive ex, Chris Brown.

"The higher up the food chain the targeted individual was, the bigger a pussy he was." -- Navy Seal Mark Owen (a pseudonym) on his former No. 1 target, Osama Bin Laden.

"There was a lot of flower power going on." -- Singer Petula Clark on smoking pot with Fred Astaire in the swinging sixies.

Quotes of the Week - August 28:
"Rape is rape." -- U.S. President Obama, after Missouri Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin questioned whether women can get pregnant from 'legitimate rape'; amid a firestorm of calls for him to drop out, Akin said he will remain in the race.

"Saved by a TV commercial. Literally." -- Rosie O'Donnell, who had a heart attack after helping an 'enormous woman' out of a car; she credits taking a Bayer aspirin after suffering symptoms with saving her life.

"It's about 10 years too late for the boys to come into the 20th century, never mind the 21st century." --Martha Burk, former chair of U.S. National Council of Women's Organizations, after former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore became the first two women admitted to Augusta National Golf Club.

Quotes of the Week - August 21:
"He's not Spider-Man...He needs your help." -- Michelle Obama, at fundraiser in Beverly Hills, California, urges donors to support U.S. President Obama.

"We like to come in first. There's nothing wrong with that." -- Larry Probst, head of U.S. Olympic Committee, on Americans' winning total of 104 medals, including 46 gold - the most of any nation in the Games.

"We won't replace our founding principles. We will reapply them." --U.S. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, after accepting Mitt Romney's offer to be the Republican nominee for Vice President.

Quotes of the Week - August 14:
"I'm safely on the surface of Mars." -- The NASA Curiosity mission, tweeting its arrival on the Red Planet.

"I think everybody pees in the pool." -- Startling revelation from Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

"My mother used to tell us, 'Carl, put on your shoes. Oscar, put on your prosthetic legs.' So I grew up not thinking I had a disability. I grew up thinking I had different shoes." --Oscar Pistorius, South African sprinter, who on Aug 4 in London became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympic Games; he finished eighth in the 400-meter semifinal.

"I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth but I spat it out." -- Actress Kiera Chaplin, granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, insists she has made her own way in life.

Quotes of the Week - August 7:
"I'm quite happy there is a man in the world who can overcome my record, finally." -- Larisa Latynina, former Soviet gymnast, whose 18 Olympic medals were the most won by any athlete for 48 years--until U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his 19th medal on July 31.

"Well, we've spent 9.3 billion on it, so I guess we better go and watch now." -- Ron Cooper, a British boxing legend (and 1948 Olympian) who carried the Olympic torch, speaking before the opening ceremonies.

"That was a mistake." -- Dick Cheney, former U.S. Vice President, on John McCain's choosing Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate in 2008.

"You have to have a great work ethic. Have a strong mind, be motivated. There are so many things that come into it." -- Michael Phelps, most decorated Olympic athlete in history, on how he became biggest name in swimming.

Quotes of the Week - July 31:
"I'm not against orgies, but I'm not a good multitasker." -- Grace Slick, former singer of Jefferson Airplane, now 72.

"Most kids prefer Batman to Superman. Batman's vulnerable, and he's not an extra-terrestrial. And he's dressed in black, whereas Superman looks like he's just come straight from a Gay Pride march." -- Actor Gary Oldman, who plays Commissioner Gordon in new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.

"To claim that he knowingly, intentionally protected a pedophile is false." -- Paterno family, disputing report that said Joe Paterno, the late Penn State head football coach, could have prevented assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual assaults on minors.

Quotes of the Week - July 24:
"At the end of the day, we want someone who is going to do the bloody dishes." -- E.L James, author of erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Gray, on what women really look for in a man.

"I hate paparazzi with a passion. Disgusting pigs - no offense to pigs." -- Miley Cyrus.

"We have a rule in the house. Rule No. 1 is always to look cool, and Rule No. 2 is, don't forget about Rule No. 1." -- Heidi Klum, supermodel, on values she is teaching her four children.

"My maternity leave will be a few weeks long, and I'll work throughout it." -- Marissa Mayer, new Yahoo CEO, believed to be first woman to helm Fortune 500 company while pregnant.

Quotes of the Week - July 17:
"I have never had such a fulfilling sex life." -- Actress Jane Fonda, 74, who found a new lover after having her knee replaced.

"I have never felt better." -- Serena Williams, who overcame health scares and hospitalizations in 2011 to win her fifth Wimbledon tournament and 14th Grand Slam singles title.

"For the record, I do not think 'being a lesbian makes me a better sports presenter.'" -- BBC's Clare Balding says she was misrepresented in interview.

"It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won't come back." -- Peter O'Toole, 79, reveals he is giving up acting.

Quotes of the Week - July 10:
"It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices." -- U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, in opinion he authored that upheld President Obama's health care law; he was joined by four other Supreme Court Justices in 5:4 decision.

"Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all over this country." -- President Obama, after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his health care law.

"It is really a remarkable thing that has happened in my lifetime. I am rather surprised it would happen in my life, more than 40 years after the theory." -- Peter Higgs after whom the Higgs boson is named, at the announcement of the so-called God particle.

Quotes of the Week - July 3:
"Most people aren't interested in sexual gymnastics; they simply want someone kind and keen." -- Rowan Pelling, British journalist and former editor of the Erotic Review.

"How do I keep young? Haven't you heard? I sleep every night in a deep freezer." -- Donatella Versace, 57-year-old Italian fashion designer.

"OMFG I think it just hit me, I'm a CHAMPION!! I AM a CHAMPION!" -- LeBron James, via Twitter, after winning his first NBA title in nine seasons by leading the Miami Heat over the Oaklahoma City Thunder.

"This case really turned on the testimony of the victims." -- Linda Kelly, Pennsylvania attorney general, said Jerry Sandusky got free and fair trial; the former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse.

Quotes of the Week - June 25:
"It is not amnesty. It is an exercise of discretion." -- Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, explaining Obama Administration's decision to stop deporting undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before age 16.

"The worst decision by the Supreme Court in the 21st century. Uninformed, arrogant, naive." -- John McCain, Republican Senator from Arizona, arguing that Citizens United is tainting U.S. elections, after conservative mogul Sheldon Adelson said he was willing to spend $100 million to beat President Obama.

"I probably prayed more the last three holes than I ever did in my life." -- Webb Simpson, 26-year-old golfer who overcame the odds to win U.S. open, beating veterans such as Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell and Tiger Woods.

"I do have a stubborn streak in me." -- Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Laureate and Burmese Member of Parliament, during visit to Britain, where she left her family 24 years ago to campaign against the military dictatorship in her home country.

Quotes of the Week - June 19:
"I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one." -- U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong denies charges of doping brought by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

"Big sigh of relief. Ready to move forward with life." -- Cate Edwards Twitter message, after government said it would not retry her father, former Sen. John Edwards, in campaign corruption case.

"I was dead wrong." -- Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, appearing before U.S. Senate Banking Committee, reversing claim he had made dismissing fallout over his bank's $2b trading loss as "a tempest in a teapot."

Quotes of the Week - June 12:
"We need more Europe, not less." -- Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, on tackling the European debt crisis.

"They chopped off the heads of their nobility. We are very lucky that we have held on to ours." -- Will Pakenham-Walsh, businessman from Britain's Isle of Wight, chastising other European countries while celebrating Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.

"I always listened to my own voice, and it always told me that for some reason I'm meant to be better. I'm meant to succeed again. And I did." -- Maria Sharapova, on winning the French Open tennis title to complete a career grand slam, following a comeback after chronic shoulder injury.

"It's surreal. It's the most unique moment I've experienced in my career. I never thought I would have that. I thought when I won Wimbledon at 17, that would be the most treasured moment of my career. But when I fell down on my knees today I realized this was extremely special, and even more so." -- Maria Sharapova, on winning the French Open tennis title to complete a career grand slam.

Quotes of the Week - June 5:
"With any of these big media groups, you fall out with them and you watch out, because it is literally relentless and unremitting once that happens." -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, giving evidence at the UK phone hacking inquiry.

"They should ... help themselves collectively. By all paying their tax." -- Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, accusing Greece of enabling tax dodgers; she later apologized via Facebook, saying she was "very sympathetic to the Greek people and the challenges they are facing."

"I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. I am responsible. I don’t have to go any further than the mirror. It’s me and me alone." -- John Edwards, former senator from North Carolina, after a jury acquitted him on one count in his trial on campaign finance charges and a mistrial was declared on the other counts.

Quotes of the Week - May 29:
"He’s lucky I didn’t try to sucker punch him." -- Actor Will Smith after slapping the reporter who tried to kiss him in Moscow.

"Cell phone died. Just used an actual pay phone. Yes, they still exist." -- Actress Jessica Biel, on Twitter.

"When did the government get into the business of defining ... the extent of our ministry?" -- Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, arguing that President Obama's contraception-coverage plan undermines Catholic-affiliated organizations' ability to provide services according to their faith.

"The President just called to say congrats. Caller ID was blocked, so at first I thought it was a telemarketer." -- Elon Musk, the billionaire, via Twitter. Musk's private company, SpaceX, successfully launched a supply ship to the International Space Station.

Quotes of the Week - May 22:
"I told you I was ill." -- Spike Milligan's gravestone inscription was voted the UK's favorite epitaph in a survey conducted by Marie Curie Cancer Care.

"I would get arrested if I unzipped that dress." -- Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, to policeman about an attractive blonde woman's sexy red zip-fronted dress.

"President George W. Bush not too long ago ordered torture and admitted to doing so. Torture is a crime against humanity. The United States has refused to prosecute him. Is he above the law? Where is the fairness?" -- Charles Taylor, former Liberian President and convicted war criminal, stressing the need for ex-U.S. President George W. Bush to be prosecuted for similar crimes.

"It is a rare man who can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear." -- Barack Obama, joshing with British soccer player and fashion icon David Beckham, when the pair met at the White House.

"Sex is actually really beautiful. It's the only way that we create and it's the only way that the world keep going. It's ignorant to not talk to your kids about it or make it seem like it's not as cool or magical as it actually is." -- Miley Cyrus

Quotes of the Week - May 15:
"His timing was perfect: As women's hair was liberated, so were their lives." -- Linda Wells, Allure magazine Editor-in-Chief, describing Vidal Sassoon, the late iconic hairstylist, as a feminist pioneer due to the haircuts he created for women in 1960s.

"It is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married." -- Barack Obama, U.S. president, becoming the first sitting American head of state to declare his support for gay marriage.

"Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy." -- Rick Santorum, former Republican presidential candidate, endorsing onetime rival Mitt Romney.

Quotes of the Week - May 8:
"I wasn't supportive of his partying or his relationship with another girl." -- Dita Von Teese, burlesque artist, on why her marriage to rock star, Marilyn Manson, ended.

"I love British men's sense of humor and the sense of chivalry and charm. It is something that is innately part of the culture. It's not the same in America." --Cameron Diaz, actress.

"I counted that there were six girls in total. That does not seem to me to be a considerable number. Numerous young women with whom I've had sexual exchanges had the same age difference. Swinging sexual parties are about having free and consentual sex." -- Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former IMF chief, denying that young women only had sex with him for money.

Quotes of the Week - May 1:
"The guy was singing 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head' and it wasn't even raining. I thought it was stupid." -- Robert Redford reveals he had his doubts about his best-known film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

"When I posed naked with a dead cod the fish had more shape that I did." --Actress Greta Scacchi, aged 52.

"Call me Doctor Doctor Doctor Sir...." -- Sir Terry Wogan, who has three honorary doctorates.

Quotes of the Week - April 24:
"I would rather have my heart broken a thousand times than never love at all." -- Actress Cameron Diaz has no regrets about a string of failed relationships.

"Every day is a negotiation." --Singer Madonna on childcare.

"High heels are pleasure with pain. If you can't walk in them, don't wear them." -- Designer Christian Louboutin dismisses the idea that his shoes are too uncomfortable.

"Fornication is probably the single most likely cause of unwanted pregnancies in this country." -- Fine Gael T.D. Michelle Mulherin spells out the birds and the bees to a stunned Irish parliament.

Quotes of the Week - April 17:
"Pop singers don't eat." -- Lady Gaga loses a few fans among eating-disorder campaigners.

"I am retiring. This uterus is closing shop." --US surrogate mother Meredith Olafson, who has borne 11 children for others.

"Love your body, love yourself, run around naked." -- Actress Demi Moore's advice to her children, revealed by daughter Tallulah, 18.

"If I have a swing, I have a shot." -- Golfer Bubba Watson who beat 40-1 odds to win the Masters tournament.

Quotes of the Week - April 10:
"We better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out." -- Ann Romney, responding to criticism that her husband, US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is too stiff.

"It is...a triumph of the people, who have decided that they must be involved in the political process of this country." -- Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner, whose party won 43 of 45 available parliamentary seats in landmark elections in Burma.

"You think it's tough being African-American? Try being me. Try being an atheist, childless, single woman as prime minister." -- Australian premier Julia Gillard to President Obama.

Quotes of the Week - April 3:
"This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility." -- President Obama, asking Russian President Dmitri Medvedev for space in negotiating on missile defense.

"He has on a heavenly hoodie right now." -- Sybrina Fulton, mother of Florida shooting victim Trayvon Martin, who was killed, reportedly while wearing a hooded sweatshirt, by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

"Our first reaction was to get him on the floor, strap him in, tie him up, and let's land the plane." -- David Gonzalez, traveler aboard a JetBlue flight from New York City to Las Vegas, whose pilot suffered an apparent mental breakdown and had to be restrained by passengers and crew.

Quotes of the Week - March 27:
"I am the real dictator. He has no choice." -- Asma al-Assad, wife of the Syrian president.

"I am a lucky woman because I was born with a priceless gift: the ability to laugh at the misfortunes of others." -- Dame Edna Everage, who, creator Barry Humphries has announced, is retiring.

"Who would want to be married to someone who nobody coveted." -- Charles Saatchi, advertising tycoon, art collector and husband of domestic goddess Nigella Lawson.

"Don't worry, the British prime minister is fine - I've just tucked him up in bed." -- Barack Obama to Downing Street aides aboard Air Force One, as revealed by David Cameron.

Quotes of the Week - March 20:
"Wearing jeans just makes everybody look the same." -- Fashion advice from actress Joan Collins.

"I don't much like the French." -- Gerard Depardieu, actor, saying his fellow countrymen are arrogant and smug.

"You can't turn the wind, so turn the sail." -- Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General and current U.N.-Arab League peace envoy, repeating an African proverb to Syrian President Bashar Assad during talks to end months of violence throughout the country.

Quotes of the Week - March 13:
"It's never been as hard as it is nowadays to be famous. Sometimes I want to have a peaceful evening with my wife in a restaurant without every few seconds having to pose for a mobile phone photograph. And increasingly people just don’t seem to understand that. Today everybody’s got a telephone with a built-in camera." -- Paul McCartney.

"She goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex. It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex." -- Rush Limbaugh, US radio host, attacking law student Sandra Fluke who advocated that health insurance in colleges cover contraception.

Quotes of the Week - March 6:
"I'll be long dead and there will still be people who say I am gay." -- Actor George Clooney says he ignores gossip about his sexuality.

"If you haven't hugged or kissed your kid in the last couple of days, take that time." -- Joe Bergant, school superintendent in Chardon, Ohio, where a shooting at Chardon High School left three students dead and two others wounded.

"You're only two years older than me, darling." -- Christopher Plummer, addressing his Oscar statuette after the 82-year-old was awarded the Best Supporting Actor trophy. He is the oldest person to win an Oscar.

Quotes of the Week - February 28:
"All comedians are probably miserable for at least 23 hours a day." -- Lenny Henry.

"I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman." -- Henri Leclerc, lawyer for former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, after Strauss-Kahn was questioned by French police for allegedly being linked to an international prostitution ring that organized sex parties.

"I have died many times. I have actually beaten Jesus Christ, because he only died once." -- Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe.

Quotes of the Week - February 21:
"Mom, gold is good!" -- English singer Adele, who won six Grammy Awards, including the prestigious trifecta of Record, Song and Album of the Year.

"It's just really unfortunate that drugs, bad people, bad influences, took over. It took over her dreams, her love and her motherhood. I'm scared of showbusiness. I'm scared of drugs. I'm scared of hanging out and that's why I don't do parties and hang out." -- Singer Celine Dion on the death of Whitney Houston.

"Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California." -- US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2.1 ruling that struck down Proposition 8, California's 2008 ban on same sex marriage, as unconstitutional.

"My boyfriend is around 6ft 4in. I guess that's why God invented high heels." -- Singer Kylie Minogue, who is 5ft.

"When I was young, I smoked my share. Enough's enough." -- Former Beatle Paul McCartney, on giving up cannabis for his eight-year-old daughter's sake.

Quotes of the Week - February 14:
"I'm like the Queen Mother of homosexuality." -- Elton John on why he would be unfraid to perform in a hardline country such as Iran.

"Conjunctivitis.com - that's a site for sore eyes." -- The one-liner that won the year's funniest joke for English comedian Tim Vine at the Loaded Laftas comedy awards.

"Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California." -- US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2.1 ruling that struck down Proposition 8, California's 2008 ban on same sex marriage, as unconstitutional.

Quotes of the Week - February 7, 2012:
"In second grade I confessed to committing adultery: I thought it meant acting like an adult." -- What actor George Clooney revealed in the confessional at the age of eight.

"In England, we obviously like spanking." -- Actress Kiera Knightley reveals that controversial scenes in her latest film 'A Dangerous Method' have attracted no interest abroad.

"I'm not concerned about the very poor." -- Mitt Romney, Republican US presidential candidate, suggesting they can manage on the benefits safety net.

Quotes of the Week - January 31:
"My body is a temple, and my temple needs redecorating." -- Comedian Joan Rivers explains why, at 78, she's having more plastic surgery.

"I get up, drink my usual four coffees, have a look at the obituaries in The Times and, if I'm not in them, I'll get on with the day's work." -- Patrick Moore, astronomer, on his morning routine.

"I pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more." -- Mitt Romney, Republican US presidential candidate, whose tax returns revealed he paid a 14% effective tax rate on income of more than $42m over past two years.

Quotes of the Week - January 24:
"I gotta thank everybody in England that let me come and trample over their history." -- Meryl Streep, accepting her eighth Golden Globe Award for best actress in a Drama for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

"Listen, Schettino, perhaps you have saved yourself from the sea, but I will make you look very bad. I will make you pay for this. Damn it, go back on board." -- Gregorio De Falco, Italian coast guard official, excoriating Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino, who abandoned ship after the cruise liner ran aground, killing 32 people, including those missing and presumed dead.

"Can you believe I can still breastfeed after 16 boob jobs?" -- English glamour model Alicia Douvall, discovers the joys of motherhood.

Quotes of the Week - January 17:
"Our campaign is about more than replacing a President. It is about saving the soul of America." -- Mitt Romney, Republican US presidential hopeful, after winning New Hampshire primary.

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down to your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up." -- Professor Stephen Hawking on his 70th birthday.

"American children had never seen a moving bosom before." -- Actress Celia Imrie on the alarm caused by her low-cut dress in Nanny McPhee.

Quotes of the Week - January 10:
"Women are a complete mystery." -- Professor Stephen Hawking.

"I've actually never liked sports, and I never understood how I became an athlete." -- Serena Williams, four times Wimbledon champion.

"Shakespeare obviously enjoyed sex with men as well as women." -- Ian McKellen, claiming The Merchant of Venice proved the Bard was gay.

"Yay!!! Me husband is a big hairy caveman an' came to claim me with his club." -- Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, reveals her marriage, which was off after 16 days, is now back on.

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