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Did Thomas Jefferson say it would take “a thousand years” to settle the Mississippi Valley?

The earliest source I can find for this claim through Google Books is a 1910 geography textbook, which gives a date for the quotation (1803), but no further sources for it. A social studies journal ...
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Did Hillary Clinton say this quote about Donald Trump and equal pay? [closed]

A meme on 9gag says: "He [Trump] doesn't think women deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men." Hillary Clinton 09/26/2016 Is this true that Clinton actually said that? May I ...
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Were Vincent Van Gogh's final words “the sadness will last forever?”

This reddit post claims that Vincent Van Gogh's final words were "la tristesse durera toujours", and that that translates to "the sadness will last forever". A google image search of "vincent van gogh ...
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Did Gary Johnson not know who Harriet Tubman was?

I've recently been seeing articles on Facebook and Google about 2016 US Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson being escorted into a room named after Abolitionist and US Civil War spy, Harriet Tubman. He ...
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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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Did Einstein say “if you can't explain it simply you don't understand it well enough”?

A very popular quote attributed to Albert Einstein but did he really say it? If so, what is the original document containing the original explanation of it?
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Did Marilyn Monroe say that she could stop giving oral sex after signing her first contract?

This my first question here. I hope it is appropriate for this site. I recently saw here (I am translating from Greek) that Marilyn Monroe after signing her first contract said something like ...
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Did George Washington say no political parties?

I hear often that George Washington said he did not want political parties after he left. I've had trouble finding a source for this. Also, since democracy was so young, wouldn't the idea of political ...
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Did Eric Trump say Melania is smarter than Michelle Obama?

The facebook account StopTheWorldTheTeaBaggersWantOff shared this image, which as of this writing has 24.7k shares, 4.2k "reactions" (formerly "likes"), and 2.6k comments: saying Melania is way ...
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Did Augustine of Hippo warn Christians to beware mathematicians?

On the first page of Mathematics for the Nonmathematician, mathematician Morris Kline quotes Augustine of Hippo as saying: The good Christian should beware the mathematician and all those who ...
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Did Mao say “There is great chaos under heaven - the situation is excellent”

One quote I've seen from Mao is "There is great chaos under heaven - the situation is excellent" (or "Everything in heaven is in utter chaos", "There is great disorder under the heavens", or other ...
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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 is ...
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Did Albert Einstein say “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler”?

I was reading wikipedia page of Python, there I saw these lines: Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than ...
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Did William Shakespeare say “I always feel happy…”?

Is the attribution of this quote to William Shakespeare correct? I always feel happy. You know why? Because I don’t expect anything from anyone. Expectations always hurt… Life is short… So love ...
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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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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 Two Eagles tell this joke?

Robert "Two Eagles" Green of the (reorganised) Patawomeck Native American tribe is widely quoted with a joked about progress: Where the white man went wrong, Examiner, 2012 “Indian Chief, “Two ...
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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 Gandhi call vaccination a barbarous practice?

While searching for a different image on Google, I came across this: The text in the image reads: Vaccination is a barbarous practice and one of the most fatal of all the delusions current in our ...
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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 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 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 Henry Ford predict revolution if people understood the banking and monetary system?

Several sites claim that Henry Ford said the following: 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 ...
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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 cow ...
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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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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 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 do ...
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Did Steve Jobs say “We've always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”?

Did Steve Jobs make following statement: "We've always been shameless about stealing great ideas"
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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 or ...
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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 ...
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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 5,...
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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 a ...
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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 Desmond Tutu criticize African missionaries for stealing land?

The following quote has been widely attributed to Desmond Tutu: When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “let us close our eyes and pray.” When we ...
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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 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 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 ever ...
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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 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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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 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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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 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 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 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 this ...
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Did Guru Padmasambhava say this?

Did this person say this, as reported by Awaken.com? When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the earth." -- Guru Padmasambhava of ...
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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 JPMC CEO author the circulated letter to 25 y.o. golddigger?

I have seen this publication in many editions posted on FB and other sources. While the reply to her is brilliant and priceless, I have a hard time believing that the CEO of such major visibility as ...
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Does this line appear in 50 Shades of Grey?

Just saw this on Facebook, thought I'd better check that it's for real before sharing. "His pointed finger circled my puckered love cave. 'Are you ready for this?' he mewled, smirking at me like a ...