On The Record: 33 Quotations That Made News In 2013

This is our #%&!ing city. And nobody gonna dictate our freedom.

David Ortiz, during a pre-game ceremony at Fenway Park shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing. (April 20)

I don’t think that it’s something that I would aspire to … It’s a very, very challenging position and it’s a very lonely position. It’s a very difficult task.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, on being a member of the College of Cardinals eligible to be elected the next pope. (Feb. 13)

It’s really hard when you work to better your neighborhood and then somebody else comes in and gets to take advantage of that and you have to move to another place that has all the problems that you just spent your time trying to change.

Mariama White-Hammond, of Project Hip Hop in Dudley Square, on the need for the next mayor of Boston to embrace fairness across neighborhoods. (Sept. 18)

It wasn’t so much what he did but the spirit of triumph that he had. He made us feel that we were better than we thought we were.

Richard Goodwin, a former White House staffer for President John F. Kennedy. (Nov. 22)

I’m here with the people I love to tell the city I love that I will leave the job that I love.

Mayor Thomas Menino in officially announcing he would not seek an unprecedented sixth term in office. (March 27)

It's very, very serious. Republicans have to understand we have lost this battle, as I predicted weeks ago, that we would not be able to win because we were demanding something that was not achievable.

John McCain on the 15th day of the government shutdown, via The New York Times. (Oct. 15)

When we have children, we begin the only relationship in our lives built on the absolute understanding and expectation that they will grow beyond us and leave.

Cognoscenti's Sharon Brody on empty nesting. (Feb. 13)

In such unspeakable moments, words fail. This was true for those at the scene of the marathon, but also for many who watched from afar as photos and videos began flooding social media and the enormity of the crisis began to take shape. When there are no words, “surreal” ends up working as a proxy for more complex, inchoate emotions that are difficult to verbalize.

Linguist Ben Zimmer for The Boston Globe. (April 21)

As far as I'm concerned, I didn't get a fair trial. This is a sham.

Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger on why he would not testify at his racketeering trial. (Aug. 2)

I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest. Harming people isn’t my goal. Transparency is.

Edward Snowden in an interview with The Guardian on his decision to leak classified NSA documents. (June 9)

This team really was unified. And the beards were part of it. They looked ridiculous, but they looked ridiculous together.

Cognoscenti's E.M. Swift on the Red Sox worst-to-first World Series win. (Nov. 1)

You could feel it in your chest ... and then it was just disbelief that this was happening.

Lauren Healey, of Springfield, on the moment the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line. (April 15)

So, that’s it. We have had an extraordinary run.

Boston Phoenix publisher Stephen Mindich, in a statement announcing the alternative weekly would cease publication. (March 14)

Thank you for this incredibly puny contribution to Somerville.

Somerville Art Council's program manager Rachel Strutt, speaking during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the city's micro museum. (Aug. 15)

We have to find a new balance, otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards.

Pope Francis, on what he fears would happen if the Catholic Church continued to focus on issues like abortion and gay marriage. (Sept. 19)

For this kid from Taft Street in Dorchester, you’ve made Boston a place where dreams come true.

Boston's new mayor, Marty Walsh, during his victory speech. (Nov. 5)

I’m proud of the hundreds of players that have come through this program, but I’m personally disappointed and hurt in a situation like this.

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick on murder charges filed against his former tight end, Aaron Hernandez. (July 25)

The nation’s greatest leaders — and all the rest of us — are merely temporary workers. I am reminded that this chamber is a living museum, a lasting memorial to the miracle of the American experiment.

John Kerry in his farewell speech to the U.S. Senate. (Jan. 30)

I think something a lot of us have in common — from the hipster stock all the way to people who grew up here — is a real love of the doughnut.

Somerville resident Mark Hengstler, outside a new gourmet doughnut shop in Union Square. (March 15)

The proud men who wrote the charter of our liberties, would not have been so eager to open their mouths for royal inspection.

Justice Antonin Scalia, in his dissent to a Supreme Court ruling that police can take DNA samples from people who have been arrested but not yet charged. (June 3)

Tonight there are still many unanswered questions. Among them, why did young men who grew up and studied here as part of our community and our country resort to such violence?

President Obama, speaking after the day-long manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. (April 19)

We don’t want to paint a picture of doom and gloom for Mattapan. When I walk down the street, I see people that are very proud to say they live in Mattapan and that they are from Mattapan.

Sharon Callender of the Mattapan Community Health Center. (Oct. 30)

You have over time and in certain quarters become a face of this city. That is regrettable. You and others may be deluded into thinking that you represent this city, but you sir, do not represent this city.

Judge Denise Casper in sentencing James "Whitey" Bulger to life in prison. (Nov. 14)

I felt as though I did it for nothing, you know? This is overwhelming. Now I know people are happy that I did do it. And I’m going to be glad from now on.

Elroy Armstrong, an 87-year-old veteran from New Hampshire, on how his Honor Flight experience changed the way he perceived his service in World War II. (May 24)

We forget that there’s a gulf between us. Our loss has been virtual, delivered by our empathy; theirs was actual.

Janna Malamud Smith on the decision by residents of Newtown, Conn., not to hold a public commemoration to mark the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting. (Dec. 11)

The president promised that if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. It wasn’t true when he said it years ago, and, as millions of Americans are finding out, it’s not true now.

House Speaker John Boehner on the implementation of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. (Oct. 30)

I was surprised at the controversy. Pond scum currently has a higher approval rating than Congress.

Will Ritter, spokesman for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Gabriel Gomez, responding to questions about whether Gomez regretted describing his Democratic opponent, Ed Markey, as “pond scum” to NPR's Tovia Smith. (May 24)

She starts bringing me things to drink as a celebration. And by the end of the meal, I was actually quite drunk, by myself.

Gov. Deval Patrick, during a conversation at a Cambridge marketing firm, about celebrating after the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (June 6)

I needed to understand what makes us Arab women so different in the eyes of the West.

Photographer Lalla Essaydi, who says she was drawn to photography through her exploration of her own personal Arab identity. (Oct. 9)

It’s not easy being a Democrat in Texas. You’re like an armadillo crossing a six-lane super highway, running as fast as you can from the Republican 18-wheelers coming at 70 miles an hour. Most of the time, you’re roadkill.

NPR reporter Wade Goodwyn in a report on how the shifting demographics in Texas could give Democrats a political opening. (July 3)

In the next five or 10 years, I think we're going have a really good indication of, 'Are we alone?'

Pete Worden, director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, after new analysis of observations taken by the Kepler telescope estimated about 22 percent of sun-like stars in our galaxy could potentially by habitable. (Nov. 5)

Under DOMA, same-sex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways. By its great reach, DOMA touches many aspects of married and family life, from the mundane to the profound.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, in the Supreme Court's majority decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. (June 26)

You kind of realize that the life without [a] face is essentially social death.

Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, who lead a campaign to make Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital the leading face transplant center in the U.S. (Dec. 3)

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  • desert_eagle_fifty

    I think George Carlin’s quips are more relevant.
    “I don’t have a telescope but it’s something I’m thinking of looking into.”