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Are more than half of scientists who have ever lived alive today?

This Washington Post article quotes Brian Nosek as making the claim that: Brian Nosek offers up a stunning factoid: More than half of the scientists who have ever lived are alive today. It then ...
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Did JFK say that "you can win with half the people's votes but cannot govern with half against you"?

According to Al Jazeera: Jose Miguel, president of the Institute of Legal Medicine, told Al Jazeera: "The most worrying thing is the intolerance and deep divisions within the population, so the ...
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Did Maggie Smith compare religion to a penis?

This Twitter post (amongst many other online references) attributes the quote to Maggie Smith: My dear, religion is like a penis. It's a perfectly fine thing for one to have and take pride in, ...
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Did Hitler say "Who speaks today of the extermination of the Armenians?"

This article claims that just a week before the September 1, 1939 invasion of Poland, Hitler asked: Who speaks today of the extermination of the Armenians? Did Hitler say this quote or something ...
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Did Alan Turing ever say “Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine”?

Goodreads lists the quote under Alan Turing but I always thought it was merely from the movie (The Imitation Game) and couldn't find anything similar in his published works
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Is "We, the willing, led by the unknowing" correctly attributed to Konstantin Jireček or Mother Theresa?

We, the willing Led by the unknowing Are doing the impossible For the ungrateful We have done so much For so long With so little We are now qualified To do anything With nothing (...
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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 Robert Conquest ever state his "Three Laws of Politics"?

Robert Conquest was an historian who is sometimes quoted for his "Three Laws of Politics": Everyone is conservative about what he knows best. Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner ...
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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 Ferdinand Foch say "This is not peace. It is an armistice for twenty years"?

It is often said (e.g. [1], [2]) that, around the time of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, Supreme Allied Commander Ferdinand Foch said "This is not peace. It is an armistice for twenty ...
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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 Nikita Khrushchev make this remark about Switzerland?

It is alleged that Nikita Khrushchev said the following: When all the world is socialist, Switzerland will have to remain capitalist, so that it can tell us the price of everything. Did Nikita ...
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Did Giordano Bruno say what is reported in this quote?

I recently saw an image where this quote Non temete nuotare contro il torrente, è d'un anima sordida pensare come il volgo, perché il volgo è in maggioranza is attributed to 16th Century Italian ...
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Did Donald Trump say this about his daughter and wife?

If you Google for the phrase "Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your own daughter than your wife?", you will find quite a few sites, some of them reputable publications purporting that ...
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Did Charles Dickens write this quote about Husayn ibn Ali?

Husayn ibn Ali is an important figure in Islam. Several quotes pages attribute a quote about him to English novelist Charles Dickens: If Hussain had fought to quench his worldly desires… then I do ...
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Did Julius Caesar say "If you can't defeat your enemy, have him as your friend"?

In my country (Italy) there's a popular saying that goes "Se non puoi sconfiggere il tuo nemico, fattelo amico", translated to english as "If you can't defeat your enemy, have him as ...
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Did Francis of Assisi say/write "Start doing what is necessary..."?

“Start doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible” is attributed to St. Francis in thousands of web pages. But books.google.com can't find it in any ...
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Did Confucius punish a correct student for arguing with an incorrect one?

In Indonesia there are various variants of a popular story where two students are arguing over a simple mathematics - like whether 1+1 = 2. The incorrect student says he will kill himself if he's ...
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Did Camus say, "The literal meaning of life is whatever you're doing that prevents you from killing yourself"?

I've seen this quote attributed to Camus on Goodreads, Reddit, random memes, etc. It is a poignant rephrasing of some of Camus' philosophy of absurdism, but one that I think adds some emotional color. ...
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Did Stalin say "...Roosevelt explained that democracy is the power of American people"

There's a quote going on in some discussions in Russian. The quote itself is well-known and have about 100k hits if you sum different variations on Google. Я всегда думал что демократия — это ...
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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 herbalist Maria Treben really systematically confuse inulin with insulin?

The widely read Austrian herbalist Maria Treben is frequently said to have fundamentally confused a number of biochemical concepts, theories, or at least names of substances. As seen with the always ...
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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 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 Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1945 say, “Muslims who are opposing Pakistan will spend the rest of their lives proving loyalty to India”?

A widely-retweeted Dec 12 2019 tweet by @TonyAshai reads Mohomad Ali Jinnah said in 1945, “Muslims who are opposing #Pakistan will spend rest of their lives proving loyalty to India” and #Modi and #...
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Did China say that war with the US over the South China Sea dispute is now a "reality"?

According to this article from the Daily Star, published on the 29th of January, 2017, CHINA has declared war with the US is now a “reality” as military commanders rallied their forces to be ...
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Did Gary Johnson not know who Harriet Tubman was?

I've recently been seeing articles on Facebook and Google about 2016 US Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson being escorted into a room named after Abolitionist and US Civil War spy, Harriet Tubman. He ...
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Did Theodor Herzl adhere to Spinozism?

The following are found among a list of Theodor Herzl quotes on the Web site of the World Zionist Organisation: When I say God I do not mean to offend the freethinkers. For my part they can say ...
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Did Vinayak Damodar Savarkar say, “Nazism proved undeniably the saviour of Germany”?

The Shillong Times: The greatest admirer of Hitler and Mussolini was Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a leading RSS member who coined the term Hindutva and advocated reconversion of the converted Hindus ...
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Did Omar Khayyam say this about religion?

Atheistrepublic.com made the following meme which claims: lf instead of studying religion, men would have devoted to develop mathematics - algebra. lf logic of science would have occupied ...
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Did Thomas Edison say the "...faith in fiction is a damnable false hope" quote?

Did Thomas Edison say the following quote? : To those searching for truth—not the truth of dogma and darkness but the truth brought by reason, search, examination, and inquiry, discipline is ...
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Did the Mayo Clinic in the 1900s find 4-5 quarts (~4 litres) of raw milk a day to be healthy?

According to this claim by realmilk.com, THE MILK CURE: In the early 1900s, the Mayo Clinic administered the “Milk Cure,” which consisted in drinking 4-5 quarts of raw milk per day, obtaining ...
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What is the origin of this quote: "Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor."

There is a website about fasting that claims that this quote has been found on an "Egyptian pyramid inscription" in "3800 BC". This makes it extremely dubious: at that time the Egyptians have not yet ...
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Did Muhammad al-Arifi describe non-Arab Muslims as cowards?

The following photo was posted in the Citizens for secular democracy, Pakistan Facebook group. It claims Saudi author Muhammad al-Arifi said: ARABS are the true Muslims and the true ...
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Did Steve Jobs compare Apple's market share with BMW, Mercedes-Benz's and Porsche?

From The Register: Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business' Steve Jobs reprised nearly that exact argument in a 2004 interview. "Apple's market share is bigger than BMW's or Mercedes's or ...
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Did Rousseau say that equality of conditions is not possible without slavery?

I just read What is Property, written in 1840 by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. At the end of the book he attributes a paraphrased quote to Jean-Jaques Rousseau: The communistic republic of Plato ...
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