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Did Oppenheimer quote the Bhagavad Gita after the Trinity test?

There is an often repeated story that Robert Oppenheimer, one of the leaders of the Manhattan Project, quoted the Bhagavad Gita after witnessing the first nuclear test. One version of the story is ...
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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 these politicians say these quotes regarding rape?

DISCLAIMER: IMAGE CONTAINS QUOTES THAT RELATE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE I recently saw a meme on Quora that claims to show quotes from conservative politicians arguing against abortion in the cases ...
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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 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 Albert Einstein say that if he could live his life again, he would study the Talmud?

This BBC News article says: In his book, the Complete Idiot's Guide to the Talmud, Rabbi Aaron Parry says that when, shortly before his death, Einstein was asked what he would do differently if he ...
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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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Is this quote from Lenin: "Make them swallow the word, they will swallow the thing"?

Éric Zemmour, the far-right probable candidate for the 2022 French presidential election said (in his book La France n'a pas dit son dernier mot but also in many meetings, example) that Lenin has ...
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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 John Wayne create his 5 rules for life?

Did the actor John Wayne create these rules? They're widely attributed to him, but I couldn't find when and where he said them. They seem to be widely attributed to him Here Also here
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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 Napoleon say: "Man will believe anything, as long as it’s not in the Bible"?

The phrase "Man will believe anything, as long as it's not in the Bible" is attributed to Napoleon on many sites but there are no further details (date, context,etc.) available, nor a trace ...
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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 Capablanca accuse members of the House of Commons of cheating in chess in 1919?

There is a quote attributed to Cuban world chess champion José Raúl Capablanca after he gave a simultaneous display in the UK House of Commons in 1919 which is repeated on many Russian-speaking ...
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Is the quote "Your mind is software. Program it. Your body is a shell. Change it. Death is a disease. Cure it." attributable to Peter Thiel?

The source is in this tweet by Tim Ferriss dated Sep 10, 2014. I've listened to the podcast referenced there (correct link) and searched the transcript of that podcast on YouTube, but couldn't find ...
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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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Is this quote about the Bhagavad Gita properly attributed to Albert Einstein?

The Bhagavad Gita is Hindu scripture. The blog of Sivana East claims that Albert Einstein said: When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so ...
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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 Truman say this about helping whichever of Germany and Russia were losing during the war?

Taken from Good Reads: If we see that Germany is winning we ought to help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible, although I don't ...
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Did Stephen Hawking say the most important knowledge he learned was in nursery?

According to this website (in Chinese, my translation to English follows, original Chinese below) In 1988, 76 Nobel prize winners gathered together, including the 46 year old Hawking. The interviewer ...
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"Fable should be taught as fable..." Is this quote from Hypatia a fake?

The following quote, attributed to Hypatia (~360-415 AD), is found in many sites: Fable should be taught as fable, myth as myth, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truth is ...
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Did Fauci argue that gain-of-function research is worth risking a global pandemic?

In a related question, it's asked whether the Wuhan Lab conducted gain-of-function research, as claimed by Sean Hannity of Fox News. But moments later in the same piece Hannity says that Anthony Fauci ...
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Did Hippocrates make a statement similar to "like cures like"?

A number of homeopathic websites include the quote, "By similar things a disease is produced and through the application of the like is cured," but not one of them gives a source for the ...
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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? Image content: #Free Palestine The Zionist argument to justify Israel's ...
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Is the Gregorian calendar the "most accurate calendar ever devised"?

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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Did Josef Mengele say: "The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it"?

The quote in question is making the rounds now in quite heavy circulation as 'quite fitting' — and as internet 'nice quotes' usually go, it is unsourced. If sourced at all, the references point to ...
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Did Sasha Johnson state “the white man will not be our equal but our slave"?

As the news of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson being shot became public in May 2021, social media contained images which allegedly show a tweet posted by her stating: the white man will not ...
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Did BLM post the quote “Loving your culture and placing your race first doesn't make you racist”?

This image: indicates that BLM posted an image with the following caption: Loving your culture and placing your race first doesn't make you racist Did that happen or is it fake?
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Is this quote correctly attributed to Einstein? “Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.”

Poor Albert Einstein gets attributed many quotes he never uttered. I have a feeling this is one of them, because I couldn't find a proper citation. Intelligence is not the ability to store ...
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Did Harry Anslinger say these things?

Harry Anslinger is often said to have been xenophobic and racist, and that his hate against nonwhites and non-white culture was a driving force in his wish to prohibit cannabis. This is often ...
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Did Milton Friedman say that nothing was so permanent as a temporary government program?

According to the Adam Smith institute (and numerous other pages): Milton Friedman used to say that nothing was so permanent as a temporary government programme. Did he actually say this? And if so, ...
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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 Hitler say "We'll work a hundred years without physics and chemistry"?

Hitler is reported to have been told by Carl Bosch in 1933 that if Jewish scientists were forced to leave Germany, physics and chemistry would be set back 100 years. He's reported (in the comments ...
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Did Hitler say: “My mother was an ordinary woman, but she gave Germany a great son”?

Triumph Over Violence is a Soviet movie from 1965 which talks about the nazi Germany. Among others, the movie contains a quote attributed to Hitler: My mother was an ordinary woman, but she gave ...
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Did Morgan Freeman say "Oppression is being told you can't say certain words because you will offend someone else"?

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 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 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 Barry Goldwater claim peanut butter is good shaving cream?

If you don't mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream. I've seen this quote floating around, attributed to Barry Goldwater, but only on those ...
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Did Martin Luther King Jr. say "Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes?"

According to 54,900 Google results, Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1961: Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58 percent of its crimes? ...
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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 John Earle Sullivan invite Proud Boys on stage at a rally and said he wants to work with them?

The Salt Lake Tribune writes (Jan 16) about John Earle Sullivan: In June 2020, John attended his first Black Lives Matter event, according to Lex Scott, the founder of the Utah chapter of the group. ...
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Did "Antifa in Portland" issue an "anonymous tip" in Nov that John E. Sullivan be “locked out” of their circles because he is "agent provocateur"?

A Jan 15 OpIndia article says: On the 23rd of November 2020, Antifa in Portland is said to have issued an ‘anonymous tip’ demanding that John Sullivan be “locked out” of their circles. “While it’s ...
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Did Pablo Picasso state "The hidden harmony is better than the obvious"?

I came across this quotation on page 145 of National Geographic Stunning Photographs. Google retrieved at least 100 results for it. Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery Two particular works to be exhibited share ...
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Did Vincent Van Gogh say "If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere”?

I came upon this quote on p. 88 of National Geographic's Sublime Nature: Photographs That Awe and Inspire. If You Truly Love Nature... | Empress of Dirt November 26, 2014 ♛ By Melissa J. Will If you ...
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Did Leonardo da Vinci say "Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication"?

I came upon this quote on p.51 of National Geographic's Sublime Nature: Photographs That Awe and Inspire. I don't think da Vinci wrote in English, but what's this source? Wikiquote disputes it. ...
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Is this a real Akira Yoshizawa quote?

The following quote can currently be found on the English language Wikipedia page of Akira Yoshizawa. Unfortunately no source is give, so I did wonder if that is a real quote? I tried googling the ...
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Did Nancy Pelosi call herd immunity "quackery"?

There are a number of news sources quoting Nancy Pelosi referring to herd immunity as "quackery": “It becomes clear to us now that they believed in herd immunity, quackery, springing right ...
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Did Alexander Solzhenitsyn say “they know we know they're lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them”?

A friend of mine just shared a quote They lie to us, we know they're lying, they know we know they're lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them. And attributed it to ...
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Did the New York Post publish authentic email correspondence of Hunter Biden? [closed]

The New York Post recently published a story alleging it had found a cache of emails on a laptop apparently belonging to Hunter Biden that demonstrate widespread allegations of nepotism and corruption ...
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Did Tony and John Podesta exchange emails with Marina Abramovic discussing a Spirit Cooking dinner?

WikiLeaks hosts an alleged email exchange involving Tony Podesta, John Podesta and Marina Abramovic. In the exchange, Marina invites the Podesta brothers to partake in what is referred to as a "...

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