Kennedy Family’s Political Rift The 2023 Yale list of notable quotations begins with a striking statement from Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s siblings. They publicly disavowed his presidential ambitions, contrasting their values with his and openly denouncing his candidacy. This denouncement underscores a significant divide within the Kennedy family, given their historical prominence in American politics.
George Santos’ Controversial Identity Comment Former Congressman George Santos’ statement about his identity lands at number two on the list. His comment, “I am Catholic. Because I learned my maternal family had a Jewish background I said I was ‘Jew-ish,'” sparked widespread criticism and mockery, reflecting the year’s political discourse.
Barbie’s Existential Question Amidst heavier political and social quotes, a line from the movie “Barbie” surprisingly makes the list. Margot Robbie, portraying Barbie, poses a deep existential question, showcasing the unexpected depth in pop culture.
Military and Political Leaders’ Strong Statements Army Gen. Mark Milley’s affirmation of constitutional loyalty and President Joe Biden’s candid assessment of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military strategy in Iraq highlight the list. These quotes reflect key moments in military and international relations in 2023.
Cultural and Technological Observations Cillian Murphy’s portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Sam Altman’s skepticism towards ChatGPT’s reliability are also featured. These quotes capture the essence of historical reflection and technological skepticism prevalent in current discourse.
Pop Culture and Judicial Insights Taylor Swift’s revised lyrics, a witty observation by columnist Alexandra Petri, and Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s profound statement on race and law round out the list. These quotes demonstrate the diverse range of topics that shaped public conversation in 2023.