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2018 has been a year unlike any that have come before it. Rarely has a week gone by where something shocking or monumental hasn't happened.

Politics appears to have gotten worse and worse, with elected officials refusing to act with any sort of decorum or abiding by the will of their citizens, despite the very obvious problems that their policies might cause them and the rest of the world.

Trump carried on being Trump and appeared to become more and more unstable as the year went on, especially when the Robert Mueller investigation began to tighten around him.

Brexit continued to be a colossal failure and a national embarrassment for the UK as Theresa May's maligned deal was rejected by parliament before a vote had even taken place, causing her to go back to the EU in an attempt to save face, while British politicians' past comments came back to haunt them.

Elsewhere, the investigation into sexual assault claims made against Brett Kavanaugh was one of the biggest stories of the year, as was Kanye West's bizarre love affair with the president.

We lost great and inspiring figures like Sir Stephen Hawking, John McCain and Aretha Franklin, but the young people of today proved themselves to be truly remarkable people.

The world of entertainment proved to be a welcome distraction from the realities of the world as music, movies and television proved that although things are terrible outside we can still have fun.

So, without further ado, here are 18 quotes that truly defined 2018.

1. President Donald Trump on his mental stability.

2. Theresa May on her Brexit deal.

This is the best possible deal, it is the only possible deal.

3. A Leave voter breaking down speaking to James O'Brien on live radio.

What have I done to my country?

I’m so sorry.

4. Jeremy Corbyn replying to a piece of anti-Semitic artwork on Facebook in 2012.

Why? You are in good company. Rockefeller destroyed Diego Rivera’s mural because it includes a picture of Lenin.

5. The last line from the last article ever published by murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Through the creation of an independent international forum, isolated from the influence of nationalist governments spreading hate through propaganda, ordinary people in the Arab world would be able to address the structural problems their societies face.

6. Danny Dyer on former prime minister David Cameron.

Who knows about Brexit? No one's got a f**king clue what Brexit is. 

You watch Question Time and it's a comedy. No one knows what it is. It's like a mad riddle.

So what's happened to that t**t David Cameron who called it on? 

How come he can scuttle off? He called all this on. Where is he?

He's in Europe. In Nice with his trotters up. Where is the geezer?

He should be held accountable for it. T**t.

7. Sir Stephen Hawking talking to the BBC, before his death in March, about Trump and climate change.

We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.

Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it's one we can prevent if we act now.

By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children.

8. Sarah Sanders on revoking CNN journalist Jim Acosta's White House credentials and releasing a doctored video of him 'assaulting' a female intern.

9. Supreme Court judge, Brett Kavanaugh during a Senate Judiciary Committee testimony on allegations of sexual assault made against him

I liked beer. I still like beer.

10. Donald Trump's lawyer Rudolph Giuliani when asked about Trump not giving a testimony to the Robert Mueller investigation.

Truth isn't the truth.

11. Kanye West on Twitter after posting a picture of him wearing a MAGA hat.

12. Yolanda Reece King speaking at the March For Our Lives in Washington DC.

My grandfather had a dream that his four little children will not be judged by the colour of the skin, but the content of their character.

I have a dream that enough is enough. And that this should be a gun-free world, period.

Spread the word, have you heard?

All across the nation, we are going to be a great generation.

13. Former FBI director James Comey, criticising fake news pushed by the Trump administration.

14. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor, Emma Gonzalez.

To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you.

15. John McCain, who died in August, speaking to a woman at a 2008 presidential campaign rally, who called Barack Obama an 'arab'.

No, ma'am.

He's a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign's all about.

He's not [an Arab].

16. Marvel villain Thanos speaking to his dead daughter Gamora after successfully wiping out half of all living things in the universe in Avengers: Infinity War.

Thanos: 'Daughter.'

Gamora: 'Did you do it?'

Thanos: 'Yes.'

Gamora: 'What did it cost?'

Thanos: 'Everything.'

17. Gemma Collins asking a journalist if she had read her new book (she hadn't).

Have you read it, hun?

18. Ariana Grande and the most infectious song of the year.

'thank u, next'

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