Fred Shapiro, an associate director at Yale Law School’s library, has edited the Yale Book of Quotations since 2006. The book has been conceived as “the most accurate, most comprehensive, and most up-to-date major quotation dictionary”: “By using state-of-the-art research methods such as searching online collections of historical periodicals and books, the YBQ revolutionizes our knowledge of quotation origins. The Wall Street Journal has ranked it as the number two most essential reference work (behind only the World Almanac).”
Shapiro has updated the volume annually with a list of the top 10 quotations. He shared this year’s list on the listserve of the American Dialect Society, to which he is a frequent contributor, and he has kindly given me permission to re-post the list here.
Shapiro has told the Associated Press: “These are not necessarily quotes I agree with or quotes I think are eloquent or admirable. Instead, the…
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