Fred Shapiro, an associate director of the Yale Law School library, was tasked with picking the most notable quotes of 2020. He came up with the sentences that, for the most part, best capture the craziness that has been 2020.
The list is the annual addition to “The Yale Book of Quotations,” and it’s no surprise that Dr.Anthony Fauci’s plea “wear a mask” tops the list. That’s followed byGeorge Floyd’s dying plea of “I can’t breathe.”
Scattered throughout are quirky quotes from bothDonald TrumpandJoe Biden, as well as the dying wish ofRuth Bader Ginsberg… which was not honored.
Here is the list of most notable quotes for 2020:
- “Wear a mask.” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, CNN interview, May 21.
- “I can’t breathe.” — George Floyd, plea to police officer, Minneapolis, May 25.
- “One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear,”President Donald Trump, referring to the coronavirus in remarks at an African American History Month reception at the White House, Feb. 27.
- “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?” — Trump, in remarks at a White House Coronavirus Task Force news briefing, April 23.
- “I will never lie to you. You have my word on that.” — White House Press SecretaryKayleigh McEnany, at her first press briefing, May 1.
- “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, statement dictated to granddaughterClara Spera, September.
- “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.” —Joe Biden, in an interview with “The Breakfast Club” radio program, May 22.
- “The science should not stand in the way of this.” — McEnany, referring to school reopenings in a news briefing, July 16.
- “You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier.” — Biden, in a remark to student at campaign event, Hampton, N.H., Feb. 9.
- “We are all Lakers today.” — Los Angeles Clippers coachDoc Rivers, in a remark to reporters after the death of Kobe Bryant, Orlando, Fla., Jan. 26.