Top 25 Most Memorable Quotes of 2011

Posted by , Updated on May 20, 2024

While its true that talk can be cheap, as we look back over the course of the last year we find that it can also be funny, sad, touching, uplifting, and even infuriating. With everything that has happened in the past 365 days we were sure to get some gems out of it and although there were many notable things said by many notable people, we have managed to whittle the list down to the top 25 most memorable quotes of 2011.

"Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ last words on Oct. 5, as reported by his sister Mona Simpson in her eulogy.



Presidential candidate Rick Perry after unsuccessfully attempting to remember the third federal agency he would eliminate during a Nov. 9 debate.


"I can't say with certitude."

Anthony Weiner

Then-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner on June 1 when he was asked whether a lewd photograph was in fact him.


“I don’t think it’s their fault…They’ve got to be hurting…as much as anybody.”

Mark Kelly, husband of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, saying he would meet with parents of Giffords’ accused shooter, Jared Loughner.


“Get on, imbecile. All my life I’ve had to put up with your screw-ups.”

Lisa Trabelsi to husband, deposed Tunisian dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, as he hesitated to board a plane to exile.


“I can’t say I have any regrets. It’s been an excellent ride.”

Lance Armstrong announces retirement from competitive cycling.


“Egypt is free!”

Egyptians celebrate

Protesters chanting in streets of Cairo after President Hosni Mubarak steps down.


“I once married 10 women in one year.”

Ziona Chana, 66-year-old man in India with 39 wives, 94 children and 22 grandchildren, who says he would happily marry again.


“The official private race to the moon is on.”

Peter Diamandis, CEO of X-Prize Foundation, announcing teams that will compete to build robot to travel to the moon; the first to send back video of the lunar surface will win $30 million.


“I feel younger now than when I was in my 30s and 40s and had all those problems.”

Ida Keeling, 95-year-old woman from the Bronx who set world record after running 60m in 29.86 seconds; she is the oldest woman to do so.


“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.”

Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama lays the conspiracy theories to rest.


“I’d be better than Superman if I’d had parties with 24 girls.”

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi tries to laugh off a prostitution scandal.


“This is the start of an entirely new beginning for Ireland and Britain.”

Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister, on Queen Elizabeth II’s four-day trip to Republic of Ireland. She is first British monarch to visit the nation in 100 years.


“We took pills and woke up the next day … It was very impulsive and I am glad we woke up.”

Ruth Madoff, wife of Bernie Madoff, speaking on 60 Minutes about the couple’s suicide attempt.


“Dr. King belongs to the world.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Lei Yixin, Chinese sculptor who carved 30 ft. statue of Martin Luther King at new memorial in Washington.


“I don’t feel like his father. How could he just stand there and kill so many innocent people and just seem to think that what he did was OK? He should have taken his own life, too.”

Jens Breivik, father of Anders Breivik who carried out the Norwegian massacre.


“It is a matter of life and death and in this case, the death was of an innocent New Yorker.”

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticizing federal gun laws after Brooklyn woman died from stray bullet during a confrontation that led to a gun battle; 48 people were shot in NYC Labor Day weekend.


“We were working class, and we were the lowest. There’s a level underneath that now: the can’t-be-bothered working class.”

Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, on the welfare culture.


“It’s over Frizzhead.”

Libyans celebrating

Libyans mocking leader Muammar Gaddafi, who disappeared after rebels took control of most of capital Tripoli.


“We’re not leaving if you don’t want us to.”

US Vice-President Joe Biden, indicating to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, that US may keep troops in country beyond planned 2014 security handover if their services are still needed.


“He came back over to the White House to his bedroom and he started to cry, just with me.”

Jacqueline Kennedy, former First Lady, on US President John F. Kennedy’s reaction to failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961; her comment was recorded in 1964 and aired on ABC Sept 13.


“Daddy, you’re so handsome.”

Dallas Wiens

Dallas Wiens, first person in US to receive a full face transplant, recounting at press conference what his young daughter Scarlette told him when she laid eyes on him after his March operation.


“It’s just a really old star, really, old. So it just blows up.”

Kathryn Gray, 10, youngest person ever to discover a supernova.


“I just killed a pig and a goat.”

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, who has made vow to only eat meat from animals he killed himself.


“I owe a lot to a cow.”

Lobsang Sangay, newly elected political leader of Tibetans in exile, on how during his childhood in northern India his family sold one of its cows in order to pay his school fees.