Great Quotes from 2011

As 2011 comes to a close and the year-end editions on all manner of magazines and blogs arrive, here are some of my favorite quotes from the past year.

“My friends, love is better than anger.  Hope is better than fear.  Optimism is better than despair.  So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic.  And we’ll change the world.”Jack Layton, the late leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada

“My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire friendly Congress.”Warren Buffett, investor and the world’s third richest person, proposing a higher tax rate for America’s super-rich

“I love the smell of emissions.”Sarah Palin, lobbying for biker vote

“Graceland is safe. And we would charge hell with a water pistol to keep it that way, and I’d be willing to lead the charge.” — Bob Nations Jr., director of Shelby County Office of Preparedness in Memphis, Tennessee. The swollen Mississippi River crested in Memphis at nearly 48 feet (15 meters) on May 10

In the 21st century, it’s not enough to leave no child behind.  We need to help every child get ahead.” — Barack Obama, asking Congress to rewrite the decade-old No Child Left Behind law

“It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives.” — Pope Benedict gives his approval to social networking websites, while cautioning people to not replace real friends with virtual friends

“Stay hungry.  Stay foolish.” — Steve Jobs

“Oh wow!  Oh wow!  Oh wow!”  — the reported last words of Steve Jobs

As far as I know, Steve Jobs was not a religious man.  Yet as he stood on the threshold between this life and eternity did this creator of some of the most amazing and simplistically beautiful technology see something that amazed even him?