7 famous space-related quotes launched on the date May 25th…

By an odd coincidence, some famous space-related quotations from several different sources are linked to the date May 25th. On May 25, 1977, Star Wars — a movie by the then little-known director George Lucas — was released in the United States. Yeah, yeah…I know. It’s now technically referred to as Star Wars: Episode IV … Read more

The (Pit) Bull Heard ‘Round the World…

Every four years, the American presidential election campaign generates a new batch of oft-cited political quotes. On September 3, 2008, former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin uttered a line that was soon both famous and infamous. That night at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, Palin gave a much-anticipated … Read more

As American as apple pie, cherry pie – and violence…

Apple trees are not native to America. They originated in Central Asia and were grown in Asia and Europe long before European colonists brought them to North America. However, as explained in a post by the eminent word and phrase expert Barry Popik on his site, American-grown apples and American-style apple pies eventually became renowned … Read more

What were the “top quotes” of 2013?

I recently looked through a couple dozen lists of “top” and “best” quotes of 2013 and came to a disappointing conclusion. In terms of truly memorable quotations that generated new idiomatic expressions and catchphrases or that will show up in future books of quotations, the year 2013 was pretty much a bust. Browse through some … Read more

The Top Quotes of 2012 – and some of the top “top quotes” lists of 2012…

Every December, various pundits, writers and media outlets publish lists of what they consider to be the the year’s “top” or “best” quotations — either in general or within a certain realm, such as politics, sports or movies. Recently, I’ve been perusing some of the lists of quotes from 2012. The one that’s most widely … Read more

The Top Quotes of the Year in 2009

Below, in chronological order, are my picks for the top quotations of 2009 — the quotes that seemed to get the most attention during the past year in the news and elsewhere. There were more than would fit into a top 10 list. So, I’ll call them The Top 10 Quotes of 2009 – Plus … Read more

Is Nixon’s November 7, 1962 rant a “teachable moment”?

Long before dogged news coverage of the Watergate scandal helped force Richard M. Nixon to resign as President in 1974, he disliked the press. In fact, throughout his long political career, Nixon felt the media generally had a liberal bias and an unfairly negative attitude toward him. He disliked the way the press failed to … Read more