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Did the term “meritocracy” originate in a dystopian satire?

When Michael Young, a British sociologist, coined the term meritocracy in 1958, it was in a dystopian satire. (source: "The War on Stupid People"@The Atlantic) The satire mentioned was by Michael ...
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Did Einstein say this about his marriage?

I found a picture with a quote on facebook today quoting Einstein. The quote states: When we first got married, we made a pact. It was this:In our life together, it was decided I would make all ...
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Did Tanya Plibersek call ISIS “not a terrorist organisation”?

This picture, with a purported quote attributed to Australian Member of Parliamenet, Tanya Plibersek, has been posted on Facebook by the "Patriots Defence League Australia": The attribution to ...
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Did Lenin say “a lie told often enough becomes the truth”?

This particular quote is often attributed to different people including Hitler and Goebbels. Being an USSR-born I've heard many Lenin quotes about information and propaganda, but not this one, still ...
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Did St. Augustine say God was busy preparing hell for people who ask about what was He doing before creation?

Referring to this quote: He was busy creating hell for people who ask such questions. -- St. Augustine(in reply to "What was God doing before creation?") Did St. Augustine actually say that?
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Did Einstein speak some unknown last words to his nurse?

On various unreliable places on the web one can find the following tale (rendition below copied from here): Einstein refused surgery, saying: « I want to go when I want. It is insipid to prolong ...
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Did Herodotus call Egypt the “Gift Of The Nile”?

The history site, Mr Dowling says: About 450BCE, a Greek historian named Herodotus called Egypt the “Gift of the Nile” because the Egyptian civilization depended on the resources of the great ...
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Is this statement about crime in restrooms accurate? [duplicate]

I was perusing the web, and found this statement trending wildly on Facebook and Twitter, in light of North Carolina's Controversial New LGBT Law. This tweet claims that there have been more US ...
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Did “The Boy in Striped Pyjamas” have this quote, which has been compared to Trump's slogan? [closed]

Did the movies "The Boy in Striped Pyjamas" have dialogue with the following subtitle, which has been compared to Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again"? He's [Hitler] making the country great ...
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Did Charles Dickens write this quote about Husayn ibn Ali?

Husayn ibn Ali is an important figure in Islam. Several quotes pages attribute a quote about him to English novelist Charles Dickens: If Hussain had fought to quench his worldly desires… then I ...
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Did Steve Jobs compare Apple's market share with BMW, Mercedes-Benz's and Porsche?

From The Register: Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business' Steve Jobs reprised nearly that exact argument in a 2004 interview. "Apple's market share is bigger than BMW's or Mercedes's ...
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Is this protest sign referring to Europe?

Is the above picture, of a woman holding a sign with the text You can get raped but not protest against rape # World's largest democracy referring to Europe? Example tweets: 1 (containing ...
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Did Hillary Clinton admit in her memoirs to creating ISIS?

The Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei claimed in a speech posted on his official website that: Some Americans have confessed in their own memoirs [including Hillary Clinton's memoirs] ...
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Did George Washington say it was impossible to govern without the Bible?

Several sources attribute this quote to George Washington: True religion affords government its surest support. The future of this nation depends on the Christian training of our youth. It is ...
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“The Vietnamese plant rice, the Cambodians watch it grow and the Lao listen to it grow.”

Lonely Planet claims that the French had a saying that went: The Vietnamese plant rice, the Cambodians watch it grow and the Lao listen to it grow. Did any Frenchman circa the colonial era ...
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Did Golda Meir make this quote about curfews for women?

From Why We Can’t Stay Silent on Germany’s Mass Sex Assaults Former Israeli prime minster Golda Meir may have done and said many things people disagree with, but one of her stances is difficult ...
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Did Rousseau say that equality of conditions is not possible without slavery?

I just read What is Property, written in 1840 by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. At the end of the book he attributes a paraphrased quote to Jean-Jaques Rousseau: The communistic republic of Plato ...
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Did Edison refuse to pay Tesla, saying “You don't understand our American humor”?

The story that Edison scammed Tesla out of his payment for services he was hired for is widely spread on the Internet. The story was featured on this The Oatmeal webcomic, which is excerpted below: ...
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Did Marie Curie say “Nothing in life is to be feared, it's only to be understood.”?

The Art and Science museum in Singapore quoted Marie Curie as saying: Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood I was trying to lookup the source of that quote, it's sourced ...
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Did Bill Gates say that vaccines and health care could reduce the population growth by 10-15%?

I have seen the quote below on numerous sites (example), always being attributed to Bill Gates and treated as an admission of his malicious purposes, basically proving that his vaccination programmes ...
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“War never changes”: Fallout or Ulysses S. Grant?

A question at EL&U.SE asked whether the introduction to the video game series Fallout— War. War never changes— had an earlier source in literature or a speech. A web search on this phrase turns up ...
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Did Putin say: to forgive the terrorists is up to God

Refer to the Fox news item here, Putin said that: To Forgive The Terrorists Is Up To God, But To Send Them To Him Is Up To Me It seems that the only source I can trace to is a tweet from Remi ...
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Did Woodrow Wilson say he was a 'most unhappy man' that 'unwittingly ruined' the USA?

According several "sources" including Alex Jones, Peter Joseph, users of Facebook, and 'Occupiers of Wallstreet,' Woodrow Wilson said: I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country....
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Did Al Pacino say “I asked God for a bike…”?

I see many quotes affirming that Al Pacino once said I asked God for a bike but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked God for forgiveness. However, I have never found ...
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Did Tony Benn say this about “the establishment”?

I don't think people realise how the establishment became established. They simply stole land and property from the poor, surrounded themselves with weak minded sycophants for protection, gave ...
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Is “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” a line used by Joseph Goebbels?

This article in the UK news magazine i100 has been widely shared: Tory MP accused of quoting Joseph Goebbels in defence of new surveillance bill in the Commons A Conservative MP used a quote ...
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Did political analyst, Larry Sabato ever say “The higher the education level, the more likely they are to vote Democratic.”?

According to an Politifact article, Is education level tied to voting tendencies?, political analyst, Larry Sabato said: "The higher the education level, the more likely they are to vote ...
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Did Haj Amin al-Husseini tell Hitler to exterminate the Jews?

Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu recently made the following claim: “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to ...
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Did Noam Chomsky make the statement on privatisation that's attributed to him?

There's a quote keeps doing the rounds on Facebook and the like. It claims to be from Noam Chomsky and reads "That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, ...
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Did Pope Leo X say that Christianity is a fable?

The internet is full of references to the following quote, attributed to Pope Leo X: How well we know what a profitable superstition this fable of Christ has been for us and our predecessors. ...
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Did Albert Einstein say “the only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once”?

The quote The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once. is attributed to Einstein with some regularity. (For example, Google returns 47,700 results, of which all except ...
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When asked, “How much is enough?”, did John D. Rockefeller say, “One more dollar”?

I've often seen this quoted with no link to a credible source. Here are just a few examples: https://starwinar.wordpress.com/daily-short-story/just-a-little-bit-more/ http://www.newworldencyclopedia....
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Did Maggie Smith compare religion to a penis?

This Twitter post (amongst many other online references) attributes the quote to Maggie Smith: My dear, religion is like a penis. It's a perfectly fine thing for one to have and take pride in, ...
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Was marriage defined as “selling your daughter for three goats and a cow” in the Bible?

The organisation Planting Peace recently put up a billboard in controversial county clerk Kim Davis' hometown: Dear Kim Davis, The fact that you can't sell your daughter for three goats and a ...
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Did Ratan Tata rebuff an Indian minister asking him to meet with Pakistani businessmen?

Ratan Tata is an Indian businessman, and the former chairman of the Tata Group. A viral post on Facebook applauds him for refusing to meet with two Pakistani industrialists wanting to do business with ...
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Did Einstein said “God plays dice with universe”? [closed]

I know what you thinking. You are thinking: "the correct sentence is "God does not play dice"", as in his letter to Born. However, in the What is Random? video of Vsauce channel, Michael says: ...
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Did Thomas Edison say “There is no substitute for hard work”?

The quote "There is no substitute for hard work" is widely attributed to Thomas Edison, however, is anyone able to locate an original source of the quote?
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Did Hypatia write “Fable should be taught as fable”?

The following quote, attribute to Hypatia, is found in many sites: eg Fable should be taught as fable, myth as myth, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truth is horrifying....
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Did Donald Trump ever say illegal immigrants should have a path to citizenship?

Recently, Donald Trump has called for mass deportation of illegal immigrants and limitation of birthright citizenship. However, many anti-Trump pundits have quoted a previous statement much friendlier ...
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Did Lenin say this about guns?

a system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie - Lenin This quote can be found all over the internet, but I can't find any reliable sources ...
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Did Fidel Castro ever make this prediction?

The Bimini Times just put out this pretty interesting and prophetic Castro quote, The US will come to talk to us when they have a black president and the world has a Latin American Pope. - Fidel ...
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Is “Better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times” used by Asians?

A tourism-related twitter account tweeted: Better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times. (Asian Proverb) Is this a phrase that has been used a reasonable number of times ...
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Did Madeleine Albright say that “Siberia held too many resources for Russia alone”?

I saw this quote here. Is there any evidence, which confirms or refutes that she actually said and meant (it wasn't a translation error, she didn't later dismiss the statement) it?
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Did Yanis Varoufakis tweet to Lagarde about repaying dues?

There's a screenshot of a Twitter status circulating suggesting that at 1:19 AM - 1 Jul 2015 Yanis Varoufakis tweeted: @Lagarde sorry for the delay. I am really trying to pay the due but I cannot ...
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Did Margaret Sanger say “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated”?

This picture recently showed up on my facebook news-feed. "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." - Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood. "I admire ...
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Did Thomas Edison say the “…faith in fiction is a damnable false hope” quote?

Did Thomas Edison say the following quote? : To those searching for truth—not the truth of dogma and darkness but the truth brought by reason, search, examination, and inquiry, discipline is ...
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Did Dr. Benjamin Spock recant his child-rearing teachings later in life?

I've heard a folk legend that Dr. Benjamin Spock, author of the controversial best-seller "Baby and Child Care", recanted his teachings later in life. Is this true? "We have reared a generation of ...
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Are more than half of scientists who have ever lived alive today?

This Washington Post article quotes Brian Nosek as making the claim that: Brian Nosek offers up a stunning factoid: More than half of the scientists who have ever lived are alive today. It then ...
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Did Ray Bradbury ever claim that “Fahrenheit 451” was not about censorship?

One of the persons I follow on twitter recently linked this article. It contains the following claims: [Ray Bradbury] has always insisted that the main theme of the book is the role of the ...
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Did Chinese philosopher “Tson Tse” anticipate key ideas of evolution 2500 years ago?

In his famous book Glimpses of World History, Jawaharlal Nehru writes (p. 610, Penguin 2004 Edition, emphasis mine): As I have been telling you of Darwin's theory of the origin of species, it ...