Jon Stewart

The 18th edition of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations just hit stores (and iPhones; check out their new app), and this version adds a slew of pop-culture quotes that haven’t appeared previously. New inclusions range from why-wasn’t-that-in-there-already? entries (Johnny Cash’s “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die”) to head-scratchers (the title of The Empire Strikes Back, which doesn’t really seem like a quotation). Here are 10 quotes that are included in Bartlett‘s for the very first time.

Jon Stewart

“Here it is . . . your moment of zen.” (from The Daily Show)

J.K. Rowling

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” (from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

John Lennon

“Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV/And you think you’re so clever and classless and free/But you’re still f—ing peasants as far as I can see.” (from Working Class Hero”)

Johnny Rotten

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” (on stage at the end of the Sex Pistols’ final show)

Chuck Palahniuk

“The first rule of fight club is you don’t talk about fight club… The second rule of fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.” (from Fight Club)


“I have the same goal I’ve had ever since I was a little girl. I want to rule the world.” (in a 1992 interview with People magazine)

The Ramones

“Twenty-twenty-twenty-four hours to go/I wanna be sedated/Nothing to do, nowhere to go/I wanna be sedated” (from “I Wanna Be Sedated”)

Bruce Springsteen

“Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true/Or is it something worse?” (from “The River”)

Cameron Crowe

You had me at hello.” (from Jerry Maguire, spoken by Renee Zellweger)

Maurice Sendak

“Let the wild rumpus start!” (from Where the Wild Things Are)

What do you think? Do these quotes deserve to be included? And what other recent quotes should be in there?