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Pope Francis' controversial remarks top list of the year's 10 most memorable quotes

Pope Francis headlines the 10th annual "Yale Book of Quotations," featuring the most memorable quotes from 2015.
/ Source: TODAY

He wowed huge crowds in America and paid a visit to the White House. And now he's topped the list of the most notable quotes of 2015.

All in a year's work for Pope Francis.

Fred Shapiro, an associate librarian at Yale Law School, has compiled the 10th annual "Yale Book of Quotations," and Pope Francis' comment on global warming led the year's most memorable ahead of several from U.S. presidential hopefuls. The book, which was released on Tuesday, aims to identify the most important or famous quotes that captured the tenor of 2015.

Here are the top 10 notable quotes:

1. "Scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity." — Pope Francis, "Laudato Sí" encyclical letter, June 18.

Pope Francis reiterated those comments about climate change during a visit with President Obama on Sept. 23 as part of his three-city American visit that drew crowds of thousands and had pundits calling him a "rock star."

TODAY's Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie got the chance to meet the pontiff during that visit.

2. "The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails." — Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential debate, Las Vegas, Oct. 13.

The TODAY anchors considered it the highlight of the debate when Sanders made this comment about the ongoing controversy over Clinton's use of a private server for emails during her time as secretary of state.

3."Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today?" — Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Fox News Network "Hannity" show, Sept. 29.

The Republican congressman became the first top GOP figure to publicly link the special investigative panel regarding Clinton's role in the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya and the political goal of hurting her poll numbers.

His spokesman later issued a statement saying the Benghazi committee "had nothing to do with politics." In October, McCarthy abruptly dropped his bid to become speaker of the house.

4."Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?" — Donald Trump on fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, Sept. 24.

Trump's crass comment about one of his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination drew a swift response from women's groups and from Fiorina herself.

5. "He's not a war hero. ... He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured." — Donald Trump on John McCain, interview at Family Leadership Summit, Ames, Iowa, July 18.

One of the first headline-making salvos of the Trump campaign came this summer when he insulted McCain, the senior Ariz. senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee who spent six years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam while serving as a naval aviator.

McCain responded by saying Trump owed an apology to other military veterans for his statements, while Trump conceded to TODAY's Matt Lauer that McCain is a war hero but did not apologize for his comments.

6. "A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight, and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there?" — Ben Carson, Republican presidential candidate, on whether homosexuality is a choice, CNN "New Day" show, Mar. 4.

It has been a quotable year for Republican presidential hopefuls, as Carson drew a backlash for these comments early in his campaign. He later issued a Facebook post apologizing for the statement on CNN, writing that his "choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues."

7. "These men and women ... ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right." — Justice Anthony Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court opinion on gay marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, June 26.

The Supreme Court's landmark ruling to legalize same-sex marriage drew an outpouring of reactions across the country on the historic moment.

8. "What, like with a cloth or something?" — Hillary Clinton, response to a reporter's questions about whether she wiped her server, North Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 18.

Those Hillary Clinton emails were a hot topic all year, as she answered questions from reporters at an event in Nevada about whether she intentionally removed all the data from her personal server before handing it over to government officials. She also showed that the phrase "wiped the server" was not one she was necessarily familiar with.

9. "Three things happen when they (female scientists) are in the lab. You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry." — Nobel medicine laureate Tim Hunt, remarks at World Conference of Science Journalists, Seoul, South Korea, quoted in The Guardian, June 10.

Hunt apologized for his comments, saying he was "really sorry I caused any offense."

10. "He's, of course, one of the real leaders on this team and he earns it and he earns it with respect from all of his teammates and that's the kind of thing that inspires a football team." — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on controversial player Greg Hardy, remarks to reporters, East Rutherford, New Jersey, Oct. 25.

Jones' comments about Hardy being a leader raised eyebrows considering Hardy had already served a four-game suspension for assaulting his ex-girlfriend that became part of a national discussion about domestic violence by NFL players. He also had drawn criticism for comments about guns and the wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

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