‘The New Yale Book Of Quotations’ Offers Reflection on 2021’s Memorable Moments – NBC Connecticut


A librarian with the Yale School of Law has become well-known for summing up the year in short snippets.

Each year, Fred Shapiro selects the top 10 most memorable quotations of that year.

The most notable quotation of 2021 was spoken by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell January 6.

“The voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken,” Sen. McConnell said.

That was just hours before rioters stormed the Capitol.

“This was a very important quote. He is a major Republican leader, but even he was acknowledging that the election was decided,” Shapiro said.

It tops the much-anticipated list, published in “The New Yale Book Of Quotations” each year. The book was first published in 2006, and it covers 5,000 years and countries all across the globe.

“About 13,000 of the most famous quotations of all time,” Shapiro said. People ask me, ‘what’s…

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