Lots of politicians, government officials and lobbyists said memorable things this year. Here are 10 quotes that provide a good snapshot of the year for business and politics:
"I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle's pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them."
— President Barack Obama, in remarks that Republican Senate candidates were pleased to use as a reason to vote for them instead of Democrats.
"Don't let anybody tell you, that, you know, it's corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know, that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed, it has failed rather spectacularly."
— Hillary Clinton, mangling her argument that tax cuts for corporations don't create jobs.
"The Republican party has been paying too much attention to Wall Street and not enough to Main Street."
"We're determined to make 2014 the year that immigration reform is finally enacted. The chamber will pull out all the stops -- through grassroots lobbying, communications, politics, and partnerships with unions, faith organizations, law enforcement and others -- to get it done."
— U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue in January; the chamber failed to get it done.
"Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would've gone through clinical trials would have been ready."
— Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, on the lack of an Ebola vaccine
"There's no reason to for you to have 10,000 dime-sized antennas except to get around the Copyright Act."
"There's a vocal minority out there who can't stomach the thought that the government might have a role to play in empowering U.S. businesses to compete across the globe."
— Export-Import Bank Chairman and President Fred Hochberg.
"This administration has made at least 22 unilateral changes in the health care law, many of which should have been made by Congress. At this rate, the president may be invited to speak at the next Republican convention for having done the most of any elected official to undo his own health care law."
— Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
"The manufacturing workers who make world-class parts, the managers who operate its parts operations, the warehouses they are stored -- none of that changed. But in the fantasy land that is international tax law, tax lawyers waved a magic wand to make millions of dollars in U.S. taxes disappear."
-- Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., at hearing on Caterpillar's use of a Swiss affiliate to reduce its U.S. tax liability.
"This isn't a moment to celebrate. By waiting until the last minute to solve a problem we've known for years was coming, Congress brought the highway program and the construction industry to the brink of disaster. We hope this exercise has underscored to everyone on Capitol Hill that the Highway Trust Fund is in dire shape and needs additional revenues, be it from a gas tax increase or some other source."
-- Brian McGuire, president and CEO of Associated Equipment Distributors on legislation replenishing the Highway Trust Fund only until May 2015.