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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 ...
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Did Gandhi say “The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork”?

Did Mahatma Gandhi say The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork. Example of the quote as a heading image of the twitter account @Cutwitts:
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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 Drauzio Varella say this quote?

I have come across this quote (in French), on Facebook, attributed to the Brazilian oncologist Drauzio Varella, winner of a Nobel Prize in Medicine: In today's world we are investing five times ...
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Did James Buchanan say there were “too many educated people in the world”?

I was recently reading through a rather popular elementary/junior high school textbook A History of Us: The New Nation. On page 167, the author, Joy Hakim, says of James Buchanan (the 15th president ...
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Did Marie Antoinette say “Let them eat cake”?

Is there any evidence that Queen Marie Antoinette said "Let them eat cake"? It is often purported that she said this in response to learning that the peasants had no bread to eat.
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Did Einstein comment on feeling the presence of Jesus while reading the Gospels?

Einstein is purported to have said the following quote: No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with ...
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Did Ataturk say this about Islam?

Various places (for example, the books Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future by Stephen Kinzer and From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia by Pankaj Mishra) ...
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Did E.E. Cummings say “I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle”?

Where does the quote "I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle" come from? I saw it posted on Facebook and attributed to American poet, E.E. Cummings (or e. e. cummings, as he sometimes liked ...
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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 of ...
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Did Einstein say this quote about war & patriotism?

Can this quote be correctly attributed to Albert Einstein? If so, can we have a source for it? He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a ...
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Is prophet Mohammed's “Last Sermon” an accurate translation? [closed]

The poorly-cited Wikipedia article states: The Farewell Sermon (Arabic: خطبة الوداع‎, Khuṭbatu l-Wadā), also known as Muhammad's Final Sermon or The Last Sermon, was delivered by Muhammad on ...
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Is Amin al-Husseini's memoir being accurately quoted concerning eradicating Jews?

A variety of sources are stating that in a memoir Amin al-Husseini, once the Mufti of Jerusalem, wrote: Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every ...
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Has Richard Spencer called for a “peaceful ethnic cleansing”?

There are many articles claiming that Richard Spencer called for a "peaceful ethnic cleansing". However, CNN says that Spencer denies this: He once called for a "peaceful ethnic cleansing," a ...
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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 Richard Feynman say “Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.”

A quote that is often attributed to Richard Feynman is Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds. Is there any evidence to suggest that Richard Feynman ...
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Did Hippocrates say “The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different”?

The quote is attributed to him in many many animal rights banners. Is this attribution accepted by historians or philosophers?
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Did Marcus Aurelius say “Live a good life”?

Is the attribution of this quote to Marcus Aurelius correct? Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on ...
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Did Henry Ford say, “Jews control the business…”?

A search for the quote returns results from many websites It claims that Henry ford said, "Jews have always controlled the business... The motion picture influence of the United States and Canada....
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Did L Ron Hubbard say “The way to make a million dollars is to start a religion.”

I have heard various versions of this meme and was tempted to quote it in a comment on another thread. This site appears to do a fairly decent job of investigating the claim but leaves the conclusion ...
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Did Richard Nixon say, “Jews think they can run the world”?

Daily Stormer: In Chicago the demonstrators got close enough to rough up Pompidou and spit on his wife. “This is unconscionable,” raged Nixon. “The fucking Jews think they can run the world. Well…” ...
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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 China say that war with the US over the South China Sea dispute is now a “reality”?

According to this article from the Daily Star, published on the 29th of January, 2017, CHINA has declared war with the US is now a “reality” as military commanders rallied their forces to be ...
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Did Neil Gorsuch found the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ while in school?

The Daily Mail is reporting that SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch formed a "Fascism Forever" Club in prep school. In the article: Gorsuch founded the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ during his freshman year at ...
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Did Ariel Sharon say that the Jewish people control America?

Kevin Barrett claims: I remember it like it happened yesterday. It was early October, 2001. I was driving through the Shorewood neighborhood of Madison, Wisconsin, listening to BBC News on ...
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Did Benjamin Netanyahu say this about Christian Zionists? [closed]

The following quote is attributed to Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel. It appears in inspiringquotes.us. It was shared by a couple of Facebook users, and the quote or part of ...
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Did Hitler ever make this quote?

Found this one floating around going viral. Has the moment that Richard Spencer was punched in the face, followed by this quote. "Only one thing could have stopped our movement - if our adversaries ...
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Did Plato & Socrates make these quotes about politics?

In this BBC Newsnight segment, Viewpoint: What can Plato teach us about Donald Trump?, they attribute a number of quotes to Plato and Aristotle that could be interpreted as predicting a scenario ...
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Has Trump exonerated Russia for the downing of flight MH-17?

In an interview with the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, according to the NOS (Dutch Public Broadcasting), he said the following about the relations with the USA, in light of the recent elections in ...
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Did Oscar Wilde declare his genius to a customs officer?

A famous quote atributed to Oscar Wilde is that, when he was asked by a customs officer in New York if he had anything to declare, he answered: I have nothing to declare except my genius. Does ...
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Did Vinayak Damodar Savarkar say, “Nazism proved undeniably the saviour of Germany”?

The Shillong Times: The greatest admirer of Hitler and Mussolini was Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a leading RSS member who coined the term Hindutva and advocated reconversion of the converted Hindus ...
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Which Martin Luther said “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

I was wondering if this quote was from the German professor of theology, Martin Luther(1483-1546) as said e.g. here: Or from the American Baptist minister Martin Luther King Jr.(1929-1968) as said e....
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Did Muhammad al-Arifi describe non-Arab Muslims as cowards?

The following photo was posted in the Citizens for secular democracy, Pakistan Facebook group. It claims Saudi author Muhammad al-Arifi said: ARABS are the true Muslims and the true ...
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Did the Swiss not produce anything of importance aside from cuckoo clock?

Today's claim to be skeptical about comes to us from a fairly infamous speech in a movie "The Third Man ": in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and ...
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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 Bill Gates say 640k ought to be enough for everyone?

This is a quite famous quote: 640k ought to be enough for anybody. Did Bill Gates say this?
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Did Malcolm X say that Islam has shown him that a blanket indictment of all white people is wrong?

The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks. It can be found here and here, but this answer on Quora ...
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Did Donald Trump tell people to “check out” Alicia Machado's sex tape?

In the presidential debates, Donald Trump denied that he told people to "check out sex tape" of Alicia Machado. Did he in fact say "check out sex tape" about her?
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Did classical Greeks claim that children are solely products of the father's sperm?

I just read on a site about Greek mythology: It may seem odd for Metis to have been pregnant with Athena but, never mentioned as her mother. This is because the classic Greeks believed that ...
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Did Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, The Supreme Leader of Iran, say this about pedophilia?

In an article on FaithFreedom.org, Jennifer King claims: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, The Supreme Leader of Iran, the Shia Grand Ayatollah, 1979-89 said in his official statements: "A man ...
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Did Fidel Castro ever say “I will not die until America is destroyed”

A massively popular tweet (50k retweets) by Ryan Holmquist quotes Fidel Castro It reads, Castro: I will not die until America is destroyed Trump: I'm gonna be the president Castro: well ...
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Did Will Durant say “The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history”?

DanielPipes.org claims Will Durant said: "The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a ...
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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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Did Albert Einstein say World War 4 would be fought with sticks and stones?

Did Albert Einstein say this about World Wars? I know not with what weapons WW3 will be fought, but WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones. or did he say this? I do not know what weapons the ...
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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 Hussam Ayloush tweet that the [US] people want to bring down the [Trump] regime?

Hussam Ayloush is the long-time head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations's LA Office. Daniel Pipes is an America commentator and historian who is the president of the Middle East Forum. ...