The repetition of someone else's statement or thoughts.

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What is the original source of “Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.”?

Frequently, "Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power." is seen attributed to Oscar Wilde: e.g., here, here, and here. This seems unlikely to me, for several reasons: I ...
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Did Neil Gaiman say “A book is a dream you hold in your hand”?

There are lots and lots of people on the web repeating a claimed quote by Neil Gaiman, with some variations: A book is a dream [that] you hold in your hand[s]. Very few of these people bother to ...
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Did Gandhi tell this story about sugar?

There's a story about quitting eating sugar (or about verifying that you can do something before you order someone else to do it), which is attributed here to the Mahatma Gandhi, and which is told as ...
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Did Darren Wilson make this statement? [closed]

This statement is attributed to Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot Michael Brown. “It is with deep sympathy that I come to you today. What happen, has happened and I can’t do anything about it. ...
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Did Obama say the USA is “no longer a Christian Nation”?

In 2007, did Barrack Obama declare that the USA "was no longer a Christian Nation"? This was in an email asking Christians to band together against Obama.
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Did Martin Luther refer to physicians who assume diseases come from natural causes as “ignorant blockheads” (or the German equivalent)?

I found this quote, attributed to Martin Luther: Idiots, the lame, the blind, the dumb, are men in whom the devils have established themselves: and all the physicians who heal these infirmities, ...
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Did Hitler say “We'll work a hundred years without physics and chemistry”?

Hitler is reported to have been told by Carl Bosch in 1933 that if Jewish scientists were forced to leave Germany, physics and chemistry would be set back 100 years. He's reported (in the comments ...
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Sophocles — “Success is dependent on effort”?

I'm trying to find the source of the quote "Success is dependent on effort." There are lots and lots of quotation sites that attribute it to Sophocles. However, I have yet to find a single site that ...
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Did David Attenborough say that Israelis are more cruel than any animal?

Did Sir David Attenborough say the following about Israelis? From Israel has lost both the battle and the war (Wikipedia article on Arab News), but the quote has been circulating elsewhere as well: ...
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Did Horace say this quote about money?

On various web/quote pages for example here and here, Horace is alleged to have said, Make money, money by fair means if you can, if not, by any means make money. Did he write this? Did he ...
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Did Moshe Feiglin call for concentration camps?

The Daily Mail claims that Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, called for concentration camps in Gaza. Israeli official calls for concentration camps in Gaza and 'the conquest of the ...
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Did Gandhi make racist statements about black prisoners?

Did Mahatma Gandhi make racist statements? In The Guardian article Gandhi branded racist as Johannesburg honours freedom fighter, it's stated that he said "Many of the native [black] prisoners are ...
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Are these quotes by Malcom X, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict correct?

I've seen this image on Facebook, often these image macros are just made up, or misattributed quotes, what about in this case?
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Did Hitler say: “I would have killed all the Jews of the world, but I kept some to show the world why I killed them”?

Did Hitler ever say : "I would have killed all the Jews of the world, but I kept some to show the world why I killed them"? This one and similar in meaning can be seen on many websites.
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Did Gandhi support homeopathy?

Sites like this one claim Gandhi can be quoted to be in support of homeopathy: Mahatma Gandhi Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment. Homeopathy is the ...
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Did JFK say that “you can win with half the people's votes but cannot govern with half against you”?

According to Al Jazeera: Jose Miguel, president of the Institute of Legal Medicine, told Al Jazeera: "The most worrying thing is the intolerance and deep divisions within the population, so the ...
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Did Winston Churchill say “those who kneel for peace … get humiliation and war”?

Some Spanish sites, including Facebook statuses and the Columbian National Daily El Tiempo claim that Winston Churchill gave a quote that translates roughly as "those who kneel for peace ... get ...
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Did the head of the Joint National Committee on language claim Jesus spoke English?

In Bill Bryson's book The Mother Tongue, it is claimed, that Dr. David Edwards, head of the Joint National Committee on Languages once said: "If English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for ...
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Did Gandhi trump Professor Peters in a number of interactions?

I saw the following story on truthbook and wanted to know if it is true. (This one was found on the internet. We cannot corroborate its accuracy, but it is an amusing story...) When Gandhi ...
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Has Phil Karlton ever said “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things”?

Several references to the quote "There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things" can be found, such as Martin Fowler's blog and others. I'm unable to find ...
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Did René Descartes say “People would get rid of half of their problems if they could agree on the meaning of words”?

In many Russian language articles and sources (for example, wikiquote) I come across the quote attributed to René Descartes, which can be translated “People would get rid of half of their problems if ...
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Einstein: “Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”

This quote is attributed to Einstein. Did he say it?
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Did Einstein talk about creating a new theory being like climbing a mountain?

Did Einstein say the following: Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider ...
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Did Charlie Chaplin write this letter to his daughter?

There is a letter circulating that puports to be from Charlie Chaplin to his daughter. Here is one example. It starts: Now it is night. One Christmas night. All unarmed wars in my little castle ...
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Do headless chickens run around?

It's a clichè that is constantly repeated by the likes of Gordon Ramsey: You are running around like headless chickens! source Also, for example, they do in South Park animations Do ...
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Did Winston Churchill say we should not cut art funding?

There's a famous quote by Winston Churchill that, when asked to cut arts funding in favour of the war effort, he replied: “Then what are we fighting for?” (it can be found here, among other places). ...
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Did Socrates say “The secret of change is…"?

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Did Socrates say this ?
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Did Nietzsche ever state “The world is beautiful, but has a disease called man”?

There's this question on Philosophy SE. Nobody there has yet been able to come up with a "good" source/reference. (The thus-far apparently oldest reference, provided in a comment, is this.) This seems ...
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Did a Jewish prisoner write this quote about God and forgiveness?

According to a number of social media sites, including Reddit: “If there is a God, He will have to beg my forgiveness.” — A phrase that was carved on the walls of a concentration camp cell during ...
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Has Stack Overflow saved billions of dollars in programmer productivity?

John Carmack is a renowned developer and CTO. His Twitter account has over 100,000 followers. On the occasion of Stack Exchange's 5th anniversary, he quipped on Twitter: [... Stack Overflow] has ...
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Was Einstein's riddle (the zebra puzzle) created by Albert Einstein?

I guess a lot of people have seen this riddle which is commonly attributed to Einstein. What is the true source of it and did Einstein have anything to do with it and the claim that only 2% of the ...
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Did Henry Ford predict revolution if people understood the banking and monetary system?

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. Several sites ...
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Did Ralph Nader say that a pound of plutonium could cause 8 billion cancers?

According to "The Myth of Plutonium Toxicity" by Bernard L. Cohen: Plutonium is constantly referred to by the news media as ``the most toxic substance known to man.'' Ralph Nader has said that ...
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Did Einstein say “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.”

The following quotation is commonly attributed to Albert Einstein: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." However, I've been ...
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Did Malala Yousafzai ever say “socialism is the only answer”?

I just saw this picture making the latest rounds today on Reddit's /r/socialism. The picture has the quote attributed to Malala Yousafzai, Caption reads, I am convinced socialism is the ...
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Did Christopher Columbus ever make this statement?

This was posted to Reddit's /r/occupywallstreet for Columbus Day 2013. "As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that ...
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Did Taro Aso say that Japan should emulate the Nazis in amending the constitution?

Abbott's challenge in Asia says that Abe's Deputy Prime Minister, Taro Aso, suggested a few weeks ago that Japan should learn from the example of Nazi Germany in implementing a constitutional ...
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Did Thomas Edison say “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves”?

Many different sites attribute the sentence "If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves" to Thomas Alva Edison. However, it seems to me that the word "literally" ...
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Did Harbhajan Singh Yogi say “… to learn something - read about it …”?

Did Harbhajan Singh Yogi say If you want to learn something - read about it; understand something - write about it; master something - teach it. Wikiquote has it as unsourced, and there's an ...
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Did Gandhi express admiration for Hitler early in WW2?

Early in his extremely readable and widely admired history of the Battle of Britain (The Most Dangerous Enemy), Stephen Bungay puts Britain's situation after the defeat of France in context by ...
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Did Pascal write: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction”?

The sentence, supposedly by Pascal in his Pensées, Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. is quoted extensively (especially in atheist ...
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Did von Braun say “The rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet”?

A number of sources including Wikipedia state that when the first V-2 hit London, Wernher von Braun apparently said: The rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet. This ...
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Did Biden ever threaten to impeach any president who went to war without congressional approval?

Just saw this and I was wondering if it was a legit quote. I've seen similar claims about Biden too, here the PolicyMic headline states "Joe Biden Wanted Bush Impeached For the Very Thing Obama is ...
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Has the text of the Quran been preserved since Muhammad?

Islamic scholars claim that Quran's preservation is the one of the most miraculous aspects of Quran. In fact, a major reason for muslims to believe in the Quran was the preservation of Quran, which is ...
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Was everything Hitler did in Germany legal?

"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Is Martin Luther King right? Was Hitler "clean" (cannot be charged under the then-law) in the eyes of ...
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Did Adria Richards tweet “Black people CANNOT be racist…”?

Did Adria Richards (known for the "donglegate" and similar incidents) ever tweet the following? Black people CANNOT be racist against White poeple. Racist is a position of the opressor who has ...
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Did Obama tell people to ignore those warning against tyranny?

Did Barack Obama say the following? "They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject those voices." This is contrasted to Jefferson saying "When the ...
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Did Abraham Lincoln say “I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.”?

According to this page and 2800+ others, Abraham Lincoln said: “I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.” (sic) I could not find a source. Did Abraham Lincoln say it, or ...
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Was George Washington the source of this quote equating government gun control with evil intentions?

The latest gun advocacy rhetoric I've seen includes this quote, attributed to George Washington: When any nation mistrusts its citizens with guns it is sending a clear message. It no longer trusts ...
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Were lice used for election in medieval Sweden?

Here is a quote from Hans Zinsser's Rats, Lice and History: Lice have even been important in politics. Cowan tells the story of the custom prevailing in Hurdenburg in Sweden, where in the Middle ...