USA Today's Most Memorable Quotes of the Past 25 Years
1. Let's roll." Todd Beamer, September 11, 2001, just before he and four other passengers attacked terrorists controlling United Flight 93, which crashed into Pennsylvania field. White House may have been target.
President Reagan speaks in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin.
2. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" President Ronald Reagan, June 12, 1987, appealing to leader of Soviet Union to remove Berlin Wall dividing the East and West German sectors. It fell in 1989.
Defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. holds a pair of gloves at the O.J. Simpson trial.
3. If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, September 27, 1995, arguing that a glove used as murder evidence in the O.J. Simpson trial was too small.
President Clinton denies having had an improper relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
4. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." President Bill Clinton, January 26, 1998, at a White House news conference.
5. You've got mail!" America Online, 1989. The voice, which still greets users, is El Edwards, husband of an AOL customer-service representative.
6. Read my lips: no new taxes." President George H.W. Bush, August 18, 1988, accepting GOP nomination in New Orleans. A tax hike later in his presidency was a factor in his loss for re-election.
The space shuttle Challenger explodes after lifting off from Kennedy Space Center.
7. Obviously a major malfunction." Stephen A. Nesbitt, NASA public affairs officer, January 28, 1986, 11:38 a.m., shortly after the space shuttle Challenger exploded.
8. How do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values?" Speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, December 5, 1996, interpreted as a warning that stocks were too high. Markets plunged briefly the next morning.
Actor Jack Nicholson as a Marine officer in A Few Good Men. By Sidney Baldwin, Castle Rock Entertainment
9. You can't handle the truth!" Actor Jack Nicholson in the film, A Few Good Men, 1992.
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Sen. Dan Quayle after their vice presidential debate.
10. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy." Democratic vice presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen, debating Republican Dan Quayle in Omaha on October 5, 1988.
11. Just say no." Slogan of Nancy Reagan's anti-drug campaign, 1984. Martha Stewart glares at Jayne Clayson on CBS' The Early Show.
12. I want to focus on my salad." Martha Stewart, June 25, 2002, on CBS' The Early Show, when questioned about probe into her stock dealings.
13. What office do I go to to get my reputation back?" Former Labor Secretary Ray Donovan, May 25, 1987, after being acquitted of fraud charges.
14. Keep hope alive." Rev. Jesse Jackson at Democratic National Convention, July 19, 1988.
President Bush with firefighter Bob Beckwith at the World Trade Center.
15. I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon." President George W. Bush on Sept. 14, 2001, addressing fire fighters and rescue workers at rubble of Ground Zero.
16. My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators." Vice President Dick Cheney, March 16, 2003 on NBC's Meet the Press, describing how Iraqi people will react when U.S. troops topple Saddam Hussein.
17. Just one more thing." Teaser line by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, begun in 1999 before he unveiled new products such as the iMac and iPod at computer shows.
18. Don't give up. Don't ever give up. " Former North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano, March 4, 1993, accepting ESPY Award shortly before he died of cancer.
19. It takes a village to raise a child." Hillary Rodham Clinton in a 1996 book, borrowing from an African proverb.
20. I'd run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl." Russ Grimm, 1984, a Washington Redskin who ended his career with three Super Bowl rings.
The Beastie Boys.
21. You gotta fight for your right to party. " The Beastie Boys, 1986.
Rodney King pleads for an end to rioting in Los Angeles.
22. People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?" Rodney King on May 1, 1992, after acquittal of Los Angeles police in his beating trial sparked widespread rioting.
The famous commercial by Cliff Freeman & Partners.
23. Where's the beef?" Wendy's TV commercial in 1984, later used by Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale to ridicule opponent Gary Hart.
24. I can't deny the fact that you like me! Right now you like me!" Actress Sally Field, accepting 1985 Best Actress Oscar for Places in the Heart.
25. Not that there's anything wrong with that." Jerry Seinfeld, The Outing episode, February 11, 1993, used later whenever a gay character was discussed on the show