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Questions tagged [quotes]

Use this tag when the question is about whether someone said or wrote a quote.

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Did Donald Trump say that “global warming was a hoax invented by the Chinese”?

In the Presidential debate of 26th September, Hillary Clinton claimed that "Donald Trump said that global warming was a hoax invented by the Chinese" . Trump replied several times "I did not say that"....
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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 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 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 Valerie Jarrett say she wanted “America to be a more Islamic country”?

This picture, being shared on Twitter, alleges that Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to the President, during the Obama administration, claimed to be of Iranian descent and of Islamic faith in ...
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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 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 Neil de Grasse Tyson's claim that the Gregorian calendar is the “most accurate calendar ever devised” true?

This statement comes from a Joe Rogan show episode where he chats to Neil de Grasse Tyson. His statement is about the Gregorian calendar, and goes as follows: "Point is, this was hard-earned, and ...
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Has Phil Karlton ever said “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things”?

Several references to the quote "There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things" can be found, such as Martin Fowler's blog and others. I'm unable to find ...
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Did Marx's mother say she wished he would accumulate capital instead of writing about it?

I have encountered quotes similar to this one on the internet in the past few days, attributed to Karl Marx's mother and referring to him: I wish you were more interested in accumulating capital ...
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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 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 new Brazilian president Bolsonaro say he'd rather have a dead son than a gay one?

There has been a lot in the global news media recently about the new President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, and the highly controversial things he is alleged to have said in the past. Some quotes are ...
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Did Susan B. Anthony make these statements regarding suffrage for women and former slaves?

Telesur posted an article on 8 November 2016 which claims Susan B. Anthony made a number of statements under the headline "White Women Pay Tribute to Susan B. Anthony, Notorious Racist": The Bad ...
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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 Donald Trump say republicans are the dumbest voters in the country?

I saw this image going around Twitter lately: If I were to run, I'd run as a republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They love anything on FOX News. I could lie 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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Did Edison refuse to pay Tesla, saying “You don't understand our American humor”?

The story that Edison scammed Tesla out of his payment for services he was hired for is widely spread on the Internet. The story was featured on this The Oatmeal webcomic, which is excerpted below: ...
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Did Donald Trump call Alicia Machado “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping”?

During the first Trump-Clinton presidential debate, Clinton said: He called this woman "Miss Piggy." Then he called her "Miss Housekeeping," because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her ...
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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 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 Emmanuel Macron call a teenager an “idiot?”

This article from The Telegraph (June 22, 2018) mentions that Emmanuel Macron called the teenager who was not respectful an "idiot"; emphasis is mine: President Emmanuel Macron is facing criticism ...
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Did Martin Schulz say that it is not the EU philosophy that the crowd can decide its fate?

In the last few days, some people are attributing to European Parliament President Martin Schulz the following statement: The British have violated the rules. It is not the EU philosophy that the ...
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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 Rockstar Games post this tweet about EA games?

There has been a photo circulating everywhere claiming that RockStar, producer of the famous game GTA V, tweeted the following: I saw it on my twitter feed, on this forum and on this website. I ...
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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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What is the original source of “Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.”?

Frequently, "Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power." is seen attributed to Oscar Wilde: e.g., here, here, and here. This seems unlikely to me, for several reasons: I ...
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Is a writer named Lisa Holst responsible for the belief that everyone eats eight spiders a year?

If you're reading this there's a good chance you're fan of Snopes.com, and I certainly count myself as the same. However, an issue recently came up a with particular Snopes article that was invoked on ...
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Did Trump promise to bring back waterboarding?

According to the Wikipedia article Guantanamo Bay detention camp § President Trump's statements on the camp: President Donald Trump has vowed to keep the prison open and to use it to detain "bad ...
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Did Einstein ever remark on compound interest?

In personal finance articles I frequently find quotes injected to attribute some further relevance to one's position. Over the years, I've read Einstein quoted as saying that 'compound interest was ...
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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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Was the name “Wendy” created for Peter Pan?

I ran across something odd today... I have an iPhone app that lists facts, trivia, and other useless information (it's called Cool Facts, downloaded from iTunes). So far, nothing I've found on it ...
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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 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 say that muslims should be visibly marked?

Donald Trump has been reported in the news and over the internet for suggesting that Muslims should wear some visible id or badge of some sort. Raw Story headlined with: Trump crosses the Nazi ...
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Are these quotes by Malcom X, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict correct?

I've seen this image on Facebook, often these image macros are just made up, or misattributed quotes, what about in this case?
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Did Freeman Dyson say that atoms have awareness?

A video uploaded on YouTube, Richard Dawkins irritated by irrationality, pictured a debate with Richard Dawkins and Deepak Chopra on whether God exists or not. Chopra: You said that atoms get ...
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Did Mahatma Gandhi say “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians."?

I have widely heard that Gandhi has said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Is there any evidence of this? Where is this recorded?
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Did Putin threaten to have traitors assassinated?

In the recent U.N. Security Council meeting, U.K. Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Jonathan Allen quoted Putin by the following words (YouTube link, the relevant part starts at 1:07:30): ...
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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 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 Noam Chomsky make the statement on privatisation that's attributed to him?

There's a quote keeps doing the rounds on Facebook and the like. It claims to be from Noam Chomsky and reads "That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, ...
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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 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 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 the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army say this about human trafficking?

Did General Yair Golan, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army say this? General Golan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, on Holocaust Memorial Day, said: “If there is ...
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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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Did Pope Francis say that women are “unfit for political office”, and merely the “helper of men”?

A popular image going around Facebook claims it to be true. The image was found on the Anti-Theists blog page, currently with 65,000+ followers. The picture reads, Women are naturally unfit for ...
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Did Otto Warburg make this claim about diseases in an alkaline environment?

I came across the following quote, alledgedly by the biochemist Otto Warburg: No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment or its German counterpart: Keine Krankheit kann ...
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Did Pascal write: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction”?

The sentence, supposedly by Pascal in his Pensées: Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. is quoted extensively (especially in atheist ...