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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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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 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 Einstein say the “if you judge a fish” quote that many are attributing to him?

The quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” I'm just not confident that this is ...
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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 the computing term “bug” come from a moth stuck in a computer?

The story goes like this: Back when computers still consisted of vacuum tubes, a system went down one day and people started investigating the cause. They found that a moth was stuck in the ...
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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 people ...
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Did Lloyd George say, “We must reserve the right to bomb niggers”?

The following is an excerpt from a speech by Noam Chomsky: The United States took over from— inherited from Britain, the modalities of control over the region as well. These modalities had changed ...
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Did George Washington support the sowing of Hemp?

Wikiquote and many other sites list this quote: Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere! George Washington in a note to his gardener at Mount Vernon (1794), The Writings of ...
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Churchill's quote: “This is just the sort of nonsense up with which I will not put.”

Did Winston Churchill say, as some on the 'net claim, in response to being told he should not end a sentence with a preposition, something like "This is just the sort of nonsense up with which I will ...
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Did Alexander the Great say the following quotation?

A common quotation attributed to Alexander the Great is as follows. Bury my body, don't build any monument. Keep my hand outside so that the world knows, one who won the world had nothing in hand ...