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They said it: 2014 in quotes

world Updated: Dec 24, 2014 07:57 IST
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Hillary Clinton

2014 has been an eventful year of ups and downs, with its share of excitement, tension, anxiety and suspense; a tragicomedy of sorts. As this year draws to a close, here is a list of top 10 quotes from newsmakers around the world.

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Chant of demonstrators protesting the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson



- "Hands up! Don't shoot!" .

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Hillary Clinton



- "We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt."

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US President Barack Obama, while downplaying the role of military action in US global leadership during a major foreign policy address.



- "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail."

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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after resuming peace talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Delhi visit.



- "We have to strive to change confrontation to cooperation."

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Thokozile Masipa, South African judge during sentencing of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

- "The loss of life cannot be reversed. Nothing I say or do today can reverse what happened."


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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, on lamenting incessant cell-phone use and picture taking.

- "I am a free man and you are all slaves to your gadgets."

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A man claiming to be Abubakar Shekau, leader of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian girls in April 2014.

- "I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah."

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Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking on why his ideal acting role would be 'a baddie' in a James Bond film.

- "I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part."



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Monica Lewinsky in Vanity Fair, writing for the first time about her late 1990s affair with the then US president Bill Clinton.

- "It's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress."

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Malala Yousafzai on Peshawar school attack

- "I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us."