December 10, 2015 7:06 AM EST

‘NO longer may this liberty be denied.’

Anthony Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice, legalizing same-sex marriage in June

JANUARY

‘We have just been hit at the heart of our liberty.’

Anne Hidalgo, Paris mayor, after the Charlie Hebdo shooting

FEBRUARY

‘No one wants conflict on the edge of Europe.’

Vladimir Putin, Russian President, on crumbling relations with Ukraine

MARCH

‘If a person takes 149 other people to their deaths with him, there is a word other than suicide.’

Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa CEO, on the pilot who crashed Germanwings Flight 9525

‘No matter on which side of the aisle you sit, you stand with Israel.’

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, addressing the U.S. Congress

APRIL

‘We’re standing on dry ground and we should be standing on five feet of snow.’

Jerry Brown, California governor, on the state’s drought

‘People should not underestimate me.’

Bernie Sanders, Vermont Senator, announcing his presidential campaign

‘For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.’

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner

‘There is nothing left to go back to. Everything is destroyed.’

Karchon Tamang, Nepal resident, after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake

MAY

‘I will seek justice on your behalf.’

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore prosecutor, charging six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray

‘I would not have gone into Iraq.’

Jeb Bush, distancing himself from his brother George

‘Thank you and good night.’

David Letterman, on his final Late Show

JUNE

‘The earth … is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.’

Pope Francis, on climate change

‘The creditors want to humiliate the Greek people.’

Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister, on austerity measures

‘They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.’

Donald Trump, on undocumented Mexican immigrants in the U.S.

‘That little horse, he deserved it.’

Bob Baffert, trainer, after American Pharoah won the Triple Crown

JULY

‘I could not look my kids in the face and justify that flag anymore.’

Nikki Haley, South Carolina governor, on lowering the Confederate flag

AUGUST

‘Adios, motherf-ckers!’

Jon Stewart, bidding farewell to Fox News in his last week on The Daily Show

SEPTEMBER

‘The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.’

Viola Davis, accepting her historic Best Actress Emmy

‘That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that.’

Hillary Clinton, on using a private email server

‘Confrontation will lead to losses on both sides.’

Xi Jinping, Chinese President, on cyberwar with the U.S.

‘I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.’

Ben Carson, in a controversial Meet the Press interview

OCTOBER

‘Our thoughts and prayers are not enough.’

President Obama, after a mass shooting at an Oregon college

NOVEMBER

‘France is at war.’

François Hollande, French President, after ISIS attacked Paris

DECEMBER

‘We want you to grow up in a world better than ours today.’

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Facebook CEO and his wife, in an open letter to their newborn daughter

‘Every person who comes is a human being.’

Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, defending the rights of refugees in August

This appears in the December 21, 2015 issue of TIME.

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