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Did Denzel Washington say this quote claiming people who criticize are doing less than you?

The B2B Revenue Leadership Show shared a post with a quote about criticism allegedly said by Denzel Washington. Was this said by Denzel Washington? Quote and image below You'll never be criticized by ...
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Did former US Ambassador, Chas Freeman, say “The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang.”?

In a highly-upvoted Quora answer, Godfree Roberts quotes US Ambassador Chas. H. Freeman [sic]: The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang. ...
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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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 "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 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 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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Did Einstein say this quote about blind belief in authority being the "greatest enemy of the truth"?

There is a quote/image circulating Facebook (please don't get me started on the source), quoting Einstein: Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth I would like to avoid getting into ...
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Did a founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network organization claim to be a trained Marxist?

According to an online NY Post article, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Global Network organization allegedly referred to herself and her fellow organizers as "trained Marxists"...
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Did Aristotle say words to the effect of "when you put a message on a blank slate, that first message is critical"?

I want to verify this: “Aristotle always said, a long time ago, that when you put a message on a blank slate, that first message is critical,” Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for ...
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Did Alain Finkielkraut say that "the left no longer has ideas, only enemies"?

A bunch of Spanish-speaking sites attribute (with slight variants) the following quote to French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut: La izquierda ya no tiene ideas, sólo enemigos. ("The left no ...
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Did Trump salute 600 times at the West Point commencement exercise before using two hands to drink water?

At the Tulsa rally of June 20th, Donald Trump defended his apparent difficulty tilting a glass of water with his right hand by saying his arm was tired from saluting 600 times. “They said you couldn’...
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Did Margaret Sanger say "The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it"?

This quote appeared on my Facebook feed. It was attributed to Margaret Sanger who founded the organization that later became Planned Parenthood. "The most merciful thing that a large family does ...
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Did Leonardo da Vinci say this quote about principles for the development of a complete mind?

I have read on many sites online, like Reddit and Goodreads, the following quote supposedly from da Vinci's notebooks: “Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. ...
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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 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 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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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 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 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 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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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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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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