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Did Trump say “going loco”? [on hold]

The following site as well as other websites state that President Trump used the expression “going loco” referring to the Federal Reserve Bank and their interest rate policy. “The problem I have ...
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Did Martin Luther King Jr. say “Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes?”

According to 54,900 Google results, Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1961: Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58 percent of its crimes? ...
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Is Youtube primarily a male domain?

This is a quote from Jordan Peterson. I've provided two examples, one in which he qualifies the major viewership as being "young" males, in the other it's a generalised statement about all men. I've ...
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Did Lord Kelvin say “If you can not measure it, you can not improve it”?

AZquotes claims that Lord Kelvin (or William Thomson) said this: If you can not measure it, you can not improve it. But there is no such a quote in his Wikiquote page. So did he actually say this?
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Did Senator Biden deny that FBI investigations can add anything to the SCOTUS confirmation process?

On September 27, 2018 at the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, during his opening remarks, Senator Grassley claimed that FBI investigations can add nothing to Senate confirmation hearings and ...
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Did a Harvard teacher recommend thanking God to be happier?

I got a WhatsApp chain letter which reproduced the text in this Linked In blog article: Did you know that at Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the most popular and ...
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Did Giordano Bruno say what is reported in this quote?

I recently saw an image where this quote Non temete nuotare contro il torrente, è d'un anima sordida pensare come il volgo, perché il volgo è in maggioranza is attributed to 16th Century Italian ...
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Is Neil de Grasse Tyson's claim that the Gregorian calendar is the “most accurate calendar ever devised” true?

This statement comes from a Joe Rogan show episode where he chats to Neil de Grasse Tyson. His statement is about the Gregorian calendar, and goes as follows: "Point is, this was hard-earned, and ...
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Is “C'est pour cela que je suis née” a real quote from Joan of Arc?

I have found a very beautiful song, which is part of a soundtrack and numerous people claim that the lyrics consists of several quotes from different people. One part of it is: "C'est pour cela que ...
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Did Talleyrand say “If we go on explaining we shall cease to understand one another”?

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (a.k.a. Talleyrand) was a French diplomat of the late 18th Century. A number of websites of quotes (for example: [1], [2], [3]) claim that he said: "If we go ...
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Neil Armstrong: “One small step for man” or “one small step for a man”?

Today on Facebook the Science Museum (London) posted: #OTD in 1930 American astronaut and aeronautical engineer Neil Armstrong was born. In July 1969, Armstrong and Apollo 11 pilot Buzz ...
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“Give me a child” Quote from B. F. Skinner

B.F. Skinner has been quoted all over the place on the internet (e.g. PsychologyDegreeGuide) to say Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything I am starting to think he didn't as I am yet to ...
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Did Francis of Assisi say/write “Start doing what is necessary…”?

“Start doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible” is attributed to St. Francis in thousands of web pages. But books.google.com can't find it in any ...
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Did The Maharal of Prague claim this verse was recursive?

Today I encountered a claim that Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel (known as The Maharal of Prague) said that the statement "So God created mankind in his own image" So God created mankind in his own ...
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Did Trump muse on the different names for the UK? [closed]

According to an article in The Guardian, the occasion of his visit to the United Kingdom elicited a philosophical thought about its many possible names. “We would make a great deal with the United ...
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Did Emmanuel Macron call a teenager an “idiot?”

This article from The Telegraph (June 22, 2018) mentions that Emmanuel Macron called the teenager who was not respectful an "idiot"; emphasis is mine: President Emmanuel Macron is facing criticism ...
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Did Hillary Clinton say that North Korea requires experienced diplomats rather than tweets?

A meme has been making rounds on the internet recently with a quote attributed to Hillary Clinton: North Korea requires trained and experienced diplomats. Just sending out tweets won't work. ...
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Did Karl Marx ever say “Life is struggle”?

Ben Horowitz, a venture capitalist, has attributed a quote to Karl Marx on several occasions. On his blog in 2012: Life is struggle. —Karl Marx In a 2013 tweet. In his 2014 book, The Hard ...
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Did Marx's mother say she wished he would accumulate capital instead of writing about it?

I have encountered quotes similar to this one on the internet in the past few days, attributed to Karl Marx's mother and referring to him: I wish you were more interested in accumulating capital ...
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Is this graphic depicting Trump and Hitler accurate?

This graphic has been spreading around social media the last few weeks; its sentiment echoed in USA Today among other places. Snopes has weighed in, but I find the article unsatisfying. It calls the ...
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Did Valerie Jarrett say she wanted “America to be a more Islamic country”?

This picture, being shared on Twitter, alleges that Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to the President, during the Obama administration, claimed to be of Iranian descent and of Islamic faith in ...
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Did a French encyclopedia make a mistake in its Ivan the Terrible article?

There is a popular anecdote in Russia that a foreign-language encyclopedia (usually Petit Larousse) made a blatant mistake in one of its articles about the Russian Tsar Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible). ...
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Did Susan B. Anthony make these statements regarding suffrage for women and former slaves?

Telesur posted an article on 8 November 2016 which claims Susan B. Anthony made a number of statements under the headline "White Women Pay Tribute to Susan B. Anthony, Notorious Racist": The Bad ...
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Did Theodor Herzl adhere to Spinozism?

The following are found among a list of Theodor Herzl quotes on the Web site of the World Zionist Organisation: When I say God I do not mean to offend the freethinkers. For my part they can say ...
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Did Ben Gurion say this about conquering Palestinian land?

I'm watching a video about the Israel/Palestine situation (supposedly from a reputable source), yet the video so far seem filled with inaccuracies and bias. For the record I'm not a member of either ...
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Did Churchill say he would drink poison tea if he was married to a particular person?

The following quote is very frequently attributed to Churchill responding to Lady Astor: Lady Astor: If you were my husband, I’d poison your tea. PM Churchill: Madame, if you were my wife, I’d ...
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Did Thomas Jefferson predict that slavery would split the US?

I was reading about the vice president of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens. I got more interested when I found that he believed that the new constitution of the South corrected the false ...
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Have Putin and his family stolen $300 billion or more from Russians?

During the debates held in the House of Commons on 14th March 2018 about the alleged poisoning of Russian spy Skripal in Salisbury, U.K. Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Thomas Tugendhat ...
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Did Putin threaten to have traitors assassinated?

In the recent U.N. Security Council meeting, U.K. Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Jonathan Allen quoted Putin by the following words (YouTube link, the relevant part starts at 1:07:30): ...
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Did the former prime minister of UK say this about the Koran?

There was a heated argument between news presenter Piers Morgan and Tommy Robinson. Here is the video for those interested. He makes a claim: Sir William Gladstone held this book above his head in ...
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What is the origin of this quote: “Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor.”

There is a website about fasting that claims that this quote has been found on an "Egyptian pyramid inscription" in "3800 BC". This makes it extremely dubious: at that time the Egyptians have not yet ...
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Did Einstein reply “Ask Tesla” when asked how it felt to be the smartest man alive?

There is an alleged exchange where Albert Einstein was asked "How does it feel to be the smartest man alive?" to which he allegedly replied "ask Tesla". Did it really happen? Sources that make this ...
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Did Trump promise to bring back waterboarding?

According to the Wikipedia article Guantanamo Bay detention camp § President Trump's statements on the camp: President Donald Trump has vowed to keep the prison open and to use it to detain "bad ...
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Did Maxim Gorky say “The most beautiful words in the English language are 'not guilty'”?

Brainyquote's quote site, attributes this quote to Maxim Gorky: “The most beautiful words in the English language are 'not guilty'.” Did he say or write this (or a Russian equivalent)? If so, ...
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Did Einstein say something about stress and idiots?

There is this quote floating around (got it via Facebook) attributed to Albert Einstein: „Der Hauptgrund für Stress ist der tägliche Kontakt mit Idioten.“ Which I would translate to: The main ...
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Did doctors/scientists say that breaking the 4-minute mile was impossible?

Roger Bannister's feat of breaking the 4-minute mile is often accompanied with assertions that the scientific community at the time deemed the feat impossible (or, if possible, would be fatally ...
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Did Hitler say “Thank God I've always avoided persecuting my enemies”?

I found an old book called The Bad Guys' Quote Book (by Robert Singer) in a secondhand bookstore. On the cover there is a quote from Adolph Hitler, which I have also found in other paraphrases: "...
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Is this quote correctly attributed to Einstein?

Poor Albert Einstein gets attributed many quotes he never uttered. I have a feeling, this is one of them, because I couldn't find a proper citation. Intelligence is not the ability to store ...
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Did Winston Churchill say the King James Bible had been translated into more than 760 languages?

In the Jack Chick video "Where was the Bible before 1611? How can we know God endorsed the KJV?" (linked here), this claim is made: You know, Winston Churchill said that the King James Bible had ...
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“The Flat Earth Society has members all around the globe”?

When one googles "The Flat Earth Society has members all around the globe", many images appear. Some of them claim this is a post by the Flat Earth Society itself, such as this one: I wonder if this ...
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Was there a person made the quote about poetry that Poincaré responded to?

It is claimed that Henri Poincaré, a well-known mathematician, said this: Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things. It is also claimed that that quote was in response to ...
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Did Abraham Isaac Kook say that Gentiles have different souls than Jews?

Wikipedia claims that a Jewish yeshiva teaches that Jews have different souls than Gentiles. To support the claim, wikipedia says that one of their teachers quoted Abraham Isaac Kook as following: ...
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Did Confucius punish a correct student for arguing with an incorrect one?

In Indonesia there are various variants of a popular story where two students are arguing over a simple mathematics - like whether 1+1 = 2. The incorrect student says he will kill himself if he's ...
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Are Socrates' 3 tests from a historical source?

This seems widely circulated. I've seen it intended as a serious text: In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day an acquaintance ran up to him ...
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Did Einstein say this about crisis?

There is an often quoted text allegedly by Einstein, about the way to confront and overcome a crisis: Let’s not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things. A crisis can be a ...
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Did a lawyer representing the Charlottesville flamethrower man say to kill little babies?

According the article Black nationalist lawyer accused of anti-Semitic remarks to investigate response to rally: In addition to the allegations of promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, the ...
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Does the popular quote, “No artist tolerates reality”, belong to Nietzsche (as people say)?

In 1951 Albert Camus published his book, The Rebel, which included quite a catchy part: Art is the activity that exalts and denies simultaneously. "No artist tolerates reality," says Nietzsche. A ...
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Did Einstein say imagination is more important than knowledge?

I see lots of posters and pictures online of Einstein regarding the following quote: Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire ...
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Did Karl Marx write that slavery had good sides and abolishing it would indirectly destroy modern civilization?

The WikiQuote page for Karl Marx claims he wrote this in a letter to Pavel Annenkov, 28 December 1846: Freedom and slavery constitute an antagonism. There is no need for me to speak either of the ...
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Did Brock Chisolm, the first director of the United Nations WHO, say this about a “world government”?

Did Brock Chisolm, first Director General of the United Nations World Health Organization, say this quote? To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their ...