Most memorable pop-culture quotes of 2013

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We all make mistakes. It isn’t just celebrities who suffer from foot-in-mouth syndrome.

The key difference is that most people, those of us who aren’t famous, don’t have journalists constantly clamoring to quote us. When we over-share, when we get tongue-tied, when we tweet before we think, when we confidently speak about things we know nothing about, the world doesn’t particularly care.

But a celebrity gaffe takes on a life of its own. Let’s look back at some of the most memorable and ill-advised celeb quotes of 2013 (along with a handful of famous people making intelligent comments that actually merit repeating).

It was something they said

“If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me.” — celebrity chef Paula Deen, expressing regret over racist remarks that led to the dismantling of her cooking empire

“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. Have I tried it? Um, probably in one of my drunken stupors.” — beleaguered Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. … They’re singing and happy. … Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare. … They were godly, they were happy. No one was singing the blues.” — Phil Robertson, suddenly controversial Duck Dynasty reality TV star, in one of several magazine interview remarks that led to his suspension by A&E

“For actors to sit there and talk about, ‘Oh, I went to SEAL training.’ I don’t give a $#!* what you did. You didn’t do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say, ‘My job was as difficult as being in the military.’ How #!*# dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for two hours!” — Mark Wahlberg, slamming fellow actors and their sense of self-importance, contempt believed to be directed specifically at Tom Cruise

“I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate.” — Melissa McCarthy, responding to a controversial Rex Reed review of Identity Thief , in which he criticized her weight

“It should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV.” — actress Jennifer Lawrence, crusading against a culture of “fat-shaming”

My, oh, Miley

“I was an adult when I was supposed to be a kid. So now I’m an adult and I’m acting like a kid.” — pop music star Miley Cyrus, explaining her over-the-top antics, which included “twerking” at MTV’s Video Music Awards

“People ask me, ‘Do you twerk?’ I’m like, ‘Listen, I’m the twerkee. I’m twerked upon. I don’t twerk myself. That’s all on her.’ — singer Robin Thicke, in the aftermath of Cyrus’ infamous VMA performance

“I’ll go easy on Miley. She’s declaring her womanhood. Let her do her thing, man. … This was not the Grammys. This was not the Oscars. This was the VMAs.” — actor-singer Justin Timberlake

“I was Hannah Montana’s mother. Where did I go wrong?” — Brooke Shields, Cyrus’ onetime co-star

Love in the public eye

“I only write songs about crazy love. If I go on two dates with a guy and we don’t click, I’m not writing a song about that.” — Taylor Swift, on failed romances that result in hit songs

“It’s a boy-band stereotype. People assume, but we don’t take offense.”

— Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, on persistent gay rumors about him and brothers Kevin and Nick

“I never was asked, ‘Did you see her in person?’ 

— Manti Te’o, Notre Dame football star, who was duped into an online relationship with a fictional girlfriend

“I haven’t met her yet.” — George Clooney, when asked if he would ever consider marrying Ms. Right

“I’m always going to be the girl you want to take home to your parents, not for the night.” — singer-actress Selena Gomez, on her squeaky-clean image

“I don’t care about Taylor Swift’s love life. I don’t care about Harry Styles’ love life. I care about mine. I find it weird that people are so obsessed with other people’s love lives.”

— singer Demi Lovato

Yes, you can buy love

“I’m not ashamed to say I love making money.” — Sofia Vergara, actress and suddenly ubiquitous commercial spokeswoman

You had better Belieber

“I don’t give a #%* what they say. I’m happy with the man I’m becoming.” — oft-mocked pop star Justin Bieber, addressing his critics

“Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber.” — Justin Bieber, writing in the guest book at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

“I was the Justin Bieber of the ’70s. Really. Ask your mother.”

— singer Barry Manilow

Touch of class

“I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they too will be able to get gene tested and that if they have a high risk, they too will know that they have strong options.”

— Angelina Jolie, on her choice to undergo a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene linked to breast cancer

“I find Angie’s choice absolutely heroic. This is a happy day for our family.” — Brad Pitt, Jolie’s partner

Too much information

“I would say [I was stoned at] almost all except the Oscars.” — Susan Sarandon, on her red-carpet routine

“It was kind of like the last kind of romantic relationship I had. Which was never consummated. … I wanted to be [husband] No. 8, but we ran out of road.” — actor Colin Farrell, on his relationship with the late Elizabeth Taylor

“I’m European. I don’t like wearing tops and I don’t like tan lines.”

— Heidi Klum, supermodel and Project Runway host, sharing merely because somebody asked

“I love being pregnant for so many reasons, not to mention the sex is awesome then.” — Britney Spears, also over-sharing

Gross overstatements

“It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan.” — Mariah Carey, on working alongside Nicki Minaj on American Idol

“If Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, ‘This is wrong.’ 

— Kanye West, defending his outrage at not receiving an album of the year nomination

Tragic understatement

“I’m a flawed character.” — Lance Armstrong, admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win seven Tour de France titles and lied about it for years

Fame and the Web

“They said, ‘Just don’t use the Internet for a couple of days.’ — Ben Affleck, repeating advice from studio executives on how to avoid the fan backlash when it was announced that he’ll be the next movie Batman

“I can’t be on Twitter. It’s like weed. Too much is not good for me.”

— hip-hop star Jay-Z

“I won’t allow her on Twitter. I have no filter and neither does she.”

— music icon Cher, about her mother and herself

“She’s my guilty pleasure on Twitter.”

— Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, reality TV personality, on her fascination with troubled actress Amanda Bynes

“Don’t put anything you do on YouTube until you are 21.” — actress Mindy Kaling, offering sound advice

Fame and parenthood

“I’ve never been validated by work or fame or Hollywood or any of that. … All I wanted to do my whole, whole life was have a baby, and now I’ve finally done it.”

— Megan Fox, actress

“He’s got her looks, thankfully.” — Prince William, giving wife Kate Middleton all the credit for their good-looking child

“If I had kids, my kids would hate me.”

— Oprah Winfrey

Burning bridges

“There’s true baseball fans in Texas, but it’s not a true baseball town.” — Josh Hamilton, former Texas Ranger, on why he won’t miss playing in Arlington

Tongue in cheek

“People of America, great choice.” — Adam Levine, Maroon 5 lead vocalist and The Voice judge, on being named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine

“She may say that she’s not all that attracted to me, but she calls every night, 3 in the morning, drunk.” — George Clooney, on his relationship with Gravity co-star Sandra Bullock

Sadly, completely serious

“My alter ego, on-stage persona makes me bipolar sorta.” — Britney Spears

“I like being the person everyone hates. Makes life interesting.”

— beleaguered music star Chris Brown, embracing his bad-boy persona

Words of wisdom

“Being cool is about keeping your blood pressure steady. So, no, don’t be cool. Be passionate. Be dedicated. Be tenacious. Be uncompromising.”

— Justin Timberlake

“There’s so much more to photography than just selfies.” — actor Norman Reedus

“Life is a series of disastrous moments, painful moments, unexpected moments and things that will break your heart. And in between those moments, you savor, savor, savor.” — Sandra Bullock

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