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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 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 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 Donald Trump say this about his daughter and wife?

If you Google for the phrase "Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your own daughter than your wife?", you will find quite a few sites, some of them reputable publications purporting that ...
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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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Does Sitt al-Banaat Khaalid exist, and did she write about the benefits of FGM?

Various sites report that a gynecologist named Sitt al-Banaat Khaalid wrote about the benefits of female genital mutilation (FGM) in an article - sometimes also called a study, dated to 2003 - titled "...
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Did someone using a private jet tell Americans their expectations are too high?

From twitter, a tweet that's going viral, including among climate change skeptics (action against climate change is being discussed at Davos): The cognitive dissonance in the first & last ...
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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 Einstein say “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about 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 universe." However, I've been unable to ...
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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 river....
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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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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 Obama call for online “truthiness tests” to “curate” news on the internet?

I came across an article on Breitbart that cites Obama in the following ways: We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that ...
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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 Narendra Modi tweet this?

This post on facebook claims that Narendra Modi tweeted: Dear HSC students please don't get upset with your results. Remember i am a chai wala & Arvind Kejriwal is from IIT Kharagpur #...
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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 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 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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When instituting Quds Day, did Khomeini say that one should emulate Imam Ali who killed 700 Jews?

The German newspaper Der Spiegel claims: Der Schwiegersohn des Propheten ist das Vorbild: Imam Ali habe "siebenhundert Juden an einem Tag" erschlagen. Ihm solle man nacheifern, verkündet ...
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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 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 ...
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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 Henry Ford say “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”?

Did Henry Ford say If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
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Did Maxim Gorky say “You must write for children the same way you write for adults, only better”?

Goodread's quote site, attributes this quote to Maxim Gorky: “You must write for children the same way you write for adults, only better.” Did he say or write this (or a Russian equivalent)?
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Did televangelist Joel Osteen say he would have provided shelter for Hurricane Harvey victims if asked?

"If they would have asked us to become a shelter early on, we would have prepared for it," -Joel Osteen I'd like to know if he actually said this.
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Did Monsanto say that Agent Orange doesn't cause serious long-term health effects?

Did Monsanto Spokesperson Jill Montgomery say that Agent Orange doesn't cause serious health long-term effects? Here is the relevant quote from CorpWatch*: We are sympathetic with people who ...
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Did Morgan Freeman say this phrase about oppression?

A friend sent me an image of Morgan Freeman with the following phrase as subtitle, assuring that the man himself said it: "Oppression is not hearing a word that offends you. Oppression is being ...
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Is this YouTube segment from the group known as “Anonymous”?

Is this YouTube segment, dated Dec 13, 2016 and titled "Anonymous to Trump", really a product of the group known as "Anonymous", or is it a spoof? The segment gives a litany of the ways that Russia ...
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Are these quotes from a book by Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi?

This YouTube video claims to quote various writings of Richard Kalergi. It says that the following quote is from his book: The Jewish prophets of the present are preparing a new world era, in ...
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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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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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Has Brigitte Gabriel ever claimed that “all Muslims are radical Muslims”?

The blog, love and rage media claims in reference to ACT! for America's leader, Brigitte Gabriel: The march was organized by ACT for America, one of the largest anti-Muslim groups in the US, whose ...
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Did Amin al-Husaini say, “slaughter Jews wherever you find them”?

Mohammed Amin al-Husseini (1897-1974) was a Palestinian Arab nationalist and Muslim leader in Mandatory Palestine. He was appointed as the grand Mufti of Jerusalem in 1921 by the British High ...
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Did Camus say, “The literal meaning of life is whatever you're doing that prevents you from killing yourself”?

I've seen this quote attributed to Camus on Goodreads, Reddit, random memes, etc. It is a poignant rephrasing of some of Camus' philosophy of absurdism, but one that I think adds some emotional color. ...
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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 Saudi Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz claim the earth is flat?

According to various social media posts (eg one and two and google search shows many results with the meme), Ibn Baz said the following in 1993: Transcript: "The earth is flat. Whoever claims it ...
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Did Money Magazine say 78% of people have major negative financial event per decade?

Dave Ramsey says that: Money magazine states that 78% of us will have a major negative financial event in any given 10-year period The only other source that I can find for this online seems to ...
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Did Theresa May say that girls' having male role models starts to curb the promotion of lesbianism in schools?

Kevin Cummins, a London-based photographer, recently tweeted this image: The concern with the image is the text Curbing the promotion of lesbianism in Merton's schools starts with girls having ...
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Was the Speed of Light known in 13th century India?

The following links claim that there is evidence of the correct speed of light in a Rig Veda Commentary: Quora: Did Sayana know the Speed of Light Speed of light in the Rig veda In the hymn, the ...
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Did Stalin say “…Roosevelt explained that democracy is the power of American people”

There's a quote going on in some discussions in Russian. The quote itself is well-known and have about 100k hits if you sum different variations on Google. Я всегда думал что демократия — это ...
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Did Einstein say this about education?

I have read the following quote that is attributed to Albert Einstein: The aim of education must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in the service ...
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Did a British committee in 1907 recommend pushing Middle East into internal wars?

The 2007 article The Arab Scene 100 years After Campbell-Bannerman is an English translation of an article about a committee created by British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman in 1907. The ...
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Are the statements attributed to Donald Trump and his sons about Russian connections accurately quoted?

Holly O'Reilly posted an image on twitter that gives the following quotes: "I have nothing to do with Russia - no deals, no loans, no nothing." -- Donald Trump "Russians make up a pretty ...
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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 Emmanuel Macron say France deserved acts of terrorism? [closed]

I've seen this image floating around on Facebook and Twitter: We have been horribly Islamophobic, and we deserve each act of terrorism that is inflicted upon us. - Emmanuel Macron Did Macron ...
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Did Twain state: “Most people are bothered by those Scripture passages which they cannot understand…”

Most people are bothered by those Scripture passages which they cannot understand. But for me, the passages in Scripture which trouble me most are those which I do understand.” –Mark Twain I've ...
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Did Robert Conquest ever state his “Three Laws of Politics”?

Robert Conquest was an historian who is sometimes quoted for his "Three Laws of Politics": Everyone is conservative about what he knows best. Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner ...
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Did Malcolm X say this about Islam?

The religion of Islam actually restores one's human feelings, human rights, human incentives, human, his talent. -- Malcolm X The above quote by Malcolm X, African-American Muslim minister and ...