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Did George Biddell Airy write a paper “On Certain conditions under which a Perpetual Motion is possible”?

George Biddell Airy was an English mathematician. He was Astronomer Royal from 1835 to 1881 According to the Bessler Wheel web-site (a site dedicated to investigationg perpetual motion machines, Airy ...
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Did Margaret Mead say that a healed femur is the earliest sign of civilization?

A 1997 issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, in an article I could not identify, contains the following story: The noted, late anthropologist, Margaret Mead, was once asked, "...
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Did Erwin Schrödinger say there is only one mind in the universe?

Blogger Hendrik Wintjen writes: Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger is known for the phrase “The total number of minds in the universe is one. In fact, consciousness is a singularity phasing ...
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Did Newton say that humanity would be able to travel at 40 miles a hour

I've received a text that says: "The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning." - Nahum 2:4 ...
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Did William Pitt the Younger say, “We must yoke up the children to work in the factories”?

Purdy (2016): skilled adult labour was in such short supply that when his Chancellor of the Exchequer warned Prime Minister William Pitt that businesses were becoming unable to pay their taxes to ...
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Is this quote about the Bhagavad Gita properly attributed to Albert Einstein?

The Bhagavad Gita is Hindu scripture. The blog of Sivana East claim that Albert Einstein said: When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems ...
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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 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 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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Was this Communist Party Directive from 1943 genuine?

When certain obstructionists become too irritating, label them after suitable buildups as fascist or Nazi or anti-Semitic and used the prestige of anti-fascist and tolerance organisations to ...
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Did Bernie Sanders say that a woman cannot be president?

During the January 2020 Democratic debate at 43:27 the moderator asked Bernie why he said that a woman cannot win an election https://youtu.be/Ppm_mqo9Tyc?t=2607 . Bernie responds by denying that he ...
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Did Thomas Sowell say this about the social justice? [closed]

Envy was once considered one of the seven deadly sins before it became one of the most admired virtues under its new name" social justice
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Did Lenin say “destroy the family, you destroy the country”, and if so in what context?

Various publications e.g. "The Parent Care Conversation" (which seems to be a religiously inspired book in some parts at least) attribute the saying "destroy the family, you destroy the country" to ...
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Did Alexander Graham Bell write “the unchecked burning of fossil fuels would have a sort of greenhouse effect” in 1917?

Quoting from a clearly low-quality journal: In 1917 Alexander Graham Bell wrote. The unchecked burning of fossil fuels] would have a sort of greenhouse effect", and "The net result is the ...
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“Don’t take liquor in the bedroom, and don’t stick anything in your ears”

Today’s Guardian says And if your grandkid ever asks for sage advice, just regurgitate Kurt Vonnegut’s: don’t take liquor in the bedroom, and don’t stick anything in your ears. I’m scared of being ...
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Did Einstein say “God plays dice with universe”? [closed]

I know what you thinking. You are thinking: "the correct sentence is "God does not play dice"", as in his letter to Born. However, in the What is Random? video of Vsauce channel, Michael says: ...
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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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Did Macaulay address the British parliament about Indian culture?

There is a viral photograph and a passage about Lord Macaulay's address in the British Parliament about India. "I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one ...
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Did Brock Chisolm, the first director of the United Nations WHO, say this anti-individualism quote 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 Benjamin Franklin warn the young American Nation against the Jews?

In reading some recent history, I came across an open letter from Osama bin Laden to the American public. In it, he claims the typical "Jews own your banks and media" stuff. But he also claims that ...
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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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Did Eleanor Roosevelt say that the Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves?

Glenn Beck this morning claimed that Eleanor Roosevelt made the argument at the time of WWII that the Jews had brought the German actions on themselves because of their control of finance and media. ...
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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 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 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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Were these the last words of Trotsky's assasin?

Ramon Mercader assassinated Leon Trotsky on August 20th 1940. Ramon was jailed by the Mexican government, but was released in 1961. He died in Cuba of lung cancer in 1978. Wikipedia claims his last ...
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Did Mussolini say the state controlled three-fourths of the Italian economy?

Three-fourths of the Italian economy, industrial and agricultural, is in the hands of the state. And if I dare to introduce to Italy state capitalism or state socialism, which is the reverse side of ...
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Did Tsar Nicholas II write “1916 was cursed, 1917 will surely be better”?

Chess legend and political activist Gary Kasparov tweeted this New Year a claimed quote from Tsar Nicholas II’s diary: “The year 1916 was cursed; 1917 will surely be better!” (For those not versed in ...
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Did Biden ever threaten to impeach any president who went to war without congressional approval?

Just saw this and I was wondering if it was a legit quote. I've seen similar claims about Biden too, here the PolicyMic headline states "Joe Biden Wanted Bush Impeached For the Very Thing Obama is ...
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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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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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What did Socrates have to say about what strong, average, and weak minds discuss?

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and weak minds discuss people. is widely attributed to Socrates. I should have thought that if Socrates said it, it would be readily ...
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Did Lenin ever say that you could “destroy society through music”?

I've seen the quote: "One quick way to destroy a society is through its music." Vladimir Lenin on (Russian?) Facebook: Spanish Twitter: and is also mentioned in the book The Authentic ...
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Did Gandhi trump Professor Peters in a number of interactions?

I saw the following story on truthbook and wanted to know if it is true. (This one was found on the internet. We cannot corroborate its accuracy, but it is an amusing story...) When Gandhi was ...
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Did a Cypriot bishop claim that homosexuality is caused when parents have anal sex?

The August 1, 2019 issue of MetroWeekly ("Washington D.C.'s Best LGBTQ Magazine for 25 Years"), on page 46, provides a "LastWord" quotation section that includes the following: "Gays are created ...
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Did Mussolini say it will be “a century of the Left”?

In his 1927 "The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism," Mussolini clearly states "this will be a century of authority, a century of the Left, a century of Fascism," Wondering if this is a real ...
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Did Hitler say this quote about education?

On How Hitler Stopped Homeschooling they say Hitler said this: “The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth ...
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Did AOC ever make this statement about daylight savings time and global warming?

If we change our times with the sole intent of increasing the amount of daylight we receive, that's an extra hour of sunshine that will warm the planet. That's one extra hour per day of extra heat ...
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Did Henry Ford ever say “any color he wants as long as it’s black”?

It's a common quote to attribute to him. Did he ever actually say/write it? A customer can have a car painted any color he wants as long as it’s black.
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Did Lincoln tell Stowe “So you're the little woman that started this great war!”?

I have decided to give Uncle Tom's Cabin another read. A famous quote that surrounds this book, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, in general, is that when she met Abraham Lincoln, he told her So you're ...
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Did Margaret Sanger say “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated”?

This picture recently showed up on my facebook news-feed. "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." - Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood. "I admire ...
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Did JFK call himself a jelly donut in his famous Berlin speech?

This morning, in an attempt to find inspiration for a name for my new puppy (who is a great talker), I googled "great orators". The second hit took me here, where JFK is again listed as one of history'...
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Did Jhering coin the bon mot “In Germany everything that is not allowed is forbidden”?

On a website collecting aphorisms, we find: In Deutschland ist alles verboten, was nicht erlaubt ist; in England ist alles erlaubt, was nicht verboten ist; in Rußland ist alles erlaubt, was ...
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Did Einstein say this about philosopher Peter Deunov?

Multiple sources and books about Peter Deunov state that Albert Einstein said this: "The whole world bows to me, but I bow to the Master Peter Deunov of Bulgaria." I cannot find any context or ...
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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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Who wrote “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”?

Literature.SE is one of many (query credit to @Glorfindel) SE sites that run community promotion ads. One such ad (below) includes a quote by Samuel Johnson. Ad credit to @Rand al'Thor (font choice) ...
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Did Lenin say he made a mistake, their actions caused oppression and massacres and what Russia needed was ten Francis of Assisi?

I have found claims about Vladimir Lenin saying near end of his life: "I have been mistaken. It was necessary, I suppose, to liberate the multitude of oppressed people, but our method only ...
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Did Dr. Benjamin Spock recant his child-rearing teachings later in life?

I've heard a folk legend that Dr. Benjamin Spock, author of the controversial best-seller "Baby and Child Care", recanted his teachings later in life. Is this true? "We have reared a generation of ...
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Was Julius Caesar good at multitasking?

A popular belief (at least in Russia) holds that Julius Caesar was good at multitasking; he was able to read, write and give orders simultaneously. Julius Caesar was the first person praised for ...
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Did Aaron Levenstein say 'Statistics are like bikinis'?

From a Cross Validated (better known as Stats.SE) answer with 117 upvotes: Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. -Aaron ...

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