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Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, released his fifth annual list of the most notable quotations of the year. Shapiro noted that the top quotes stemmed from two of the biggest news stories of the year, the oil spill and the emergence of the tea party. The original Yale Book of Quotations was published in 2006. Since then, Shapiro has released an annual list of the top 10 quotes. He said they will be incorporated into the next edition of the book. Shapiro picks quotes that are famous, important or revealing of the spirit of the times. The quotes aren't necessarily the most eloquent or admirable. Here's the list:

10 "They should never have put me with that woman. ... She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour."
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Gordon Brown, comments about a voter he met while campaigning for British general election, Apr. 28.

9 "You're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?"
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Christine O'Donnell, Delaware senatorial debate, Oct. 19. (The Associated Press reported the quote: "So you're telling me that the separation of church and state, the phrase 'separation of church and state,' is in the First Amendment?")

8 "I'm going to take my talents to South Beach."
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LeBron James, television broadcast, July 8.

7 "We have to pass the (health care) bill so you can find out what is in it."
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Nancy Pelosi, speech to National Association of Counties, March 9.

6 "I hope that's not where we're going, but you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies. They're saying: My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?"
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Sharron Angle, radio interview in January.

5 "Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le! Los mineros de Chile!"
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Chant at Chilean mine rescue, Oct. 13.

4 "Don't retreat. Instead — reload!"
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Sarah Palin, Tweet, March 23.

3 "If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested."
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Airline passenger John Tyner, remark to Transportation Security Administration worker at San Diego airport, Nov. 13, 2010

2 "I'd like my life back."
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(Tie for first) Tony Hayward, comment to reporters, May 30.

1 "I'm not a witch."
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(Tie for first) Christine O'Donnell, television advertisement, Oct. 4.