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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 “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 Donald Trump tell people to “check out” Alicia Machado's sex tape?

In the presidential debates, Donald Trump denied that he told people to "check out sex tape" of Alicia Machado. Did he in fact say "check out sex tape" about her?
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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 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, The Supreme Leader of Iran, say this about pedophilia?

In an article on FaithFreedom.org, Jennifer King claims: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, The Supreme Leader of Iran, the Shia Grand Ayatollah, 1979-89 said in his official statements: "A man ...
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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 Fidel Castro ever say “I will not die until America is destroyed”

A massively popular tweet (50k retweets) by Ryan Holmquist quotes Fidel Castro It reads, Castro: I will not die until America is destroyed Trump: I'm gonna be the president Castro: well ...
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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 Hussam Ayloush tweet that the [US] people want to bring down the [Trump] regime?

Hussam Ayloush is the long-time head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations's LA Office. Daniel Pipes is an America commentator and historian who is the president of the Middle East Forum. ...
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Did George Soros say he helped a Nazi confiscate property?

George Soros is a billionaire financier of Left Wing causes and candidates, including Hillary Clinton. Soros has been accused of being a Nazi collaborator and of funding anti-Jewish and anti-Israel ...
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Did Newton declare that he had never lost a single drop of his seminal fluid?

This book A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis contains the following sentence: Isaac Newton supposedly “never lost a single drop of seminal fluid. And in Everybody's Own Physician; ...
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Did Albert Einstein say World War 4 would be fought with sticks and stones?

Did Albert Einstein say this about World Wars? I know not with what weapons WW3 will be fought, but WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones. or did he say this? I do not know what weapons the ...
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Did John Lennon say this skeptical thing about foreign aid to poor countries?

“The show is always a mess and the artist always comes off badly… [Plus] America has poured billions into places like that. It doesn’t mean a damn thing. After they’ve eaten that meal, then what? It ...
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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 Obama call for online “truthiness tests” to “curate” news on the internet?

I came across an article on Breitbart that cites Obama in the following ways: We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that ...
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Did Hillary Clinton say this quote about Donald Trump and equal pay? [closed]

A meme on 9gag says: "He [Trump] doesn't think women deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men." Hillary Clinton 09/26/2016 Is this true that Clinton actually said that? May I ...
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Did Thomas Jefferson say it would take “a thousand years” to settle the Mississippi Valley?

The earliest source I can find for this claim through Google Books is a 1910 geography textbook, which gives a date for the quotation (1803), but no further sources for it. A social studies journal ...
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Were Vincent Van Gogh's final words “the sadness will last forever?”

This reddit post claims that Vincent Van Gogh's final words were "la tristesse durera toujours", and that that translates to "the sadness will last forever". A google image search of "vincent van gogh ...
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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 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 Marilyn Monroe say that she could stop giving oral sex after signing her first contract?

This my first question here. I hope it is appropriate for this site. I recently saw here (I am translating from Greek) that Marilyn Monroe after signing her first contract said something like ...
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Did George Washington say no political parties?

I hear often that George Washington said he did not want political parties after he left. I've had trouble finding a source for this. Also, since democracy was so young, wouldn't the idea of political ...
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Did Mao say “There is great chaos under heaven - the situation is excellent”

One quote I've seen from Mao is "There is great chaos under heaven - the situation is excellent" (or "Everything in heaven is in utter chaos", "There is great disorder under the heavens", or other ...
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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 Eric Trump say Melania is smarter than Michelle Obama?

The facebook account StopTheWorldTheTeaBaggersWantOff shared this image, which as of this writing has 24.7k shares, 4.2k "reactions" (formerly "likes"), and 2.6k comments: saying Melania is way ...
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Did Albert Einstein say “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler”?

I was reading wikipedia page of Python, there I saw these lines: Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than ...
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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 term “meritocracy” originate in a dystopian satire?

When Michael Young, a British sociologist, coined the term meritocracy in 1958, it was in a dystopian satire. (source: "The War on Stupid People"@The Atlantic) The satire mentioned was by Michael ...
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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 Tanya Plibersek call ISIS “not a terrorist organisation”?

This picture, with a purported quote attributed to Australian Member of Parliamenet, Tanya Plibersek, has been posted on Facebook by the "Patriots Defence League Australia": The attribution to Tanya ...
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Did Lenin say “a lie told often enough becomes the truth”?

This particular quote is often attributed to different people including Hitler and Goebbels. Being an USSR-born I've heard many Lenin quotes about information and propaganda, but not this one, still ...
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Did St. Augustine say God was busy preparing hell for people who ask about what was He doing before creation?

Referring to this quote: He was busy creating hell for people who ask such questions. -- St. Augustine(in reply to "What was God doing before creation?") Did St. Augustine actually say that?
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Did Einstein speak some unknown last words to his nurse?

On various unreliable places on the web one can find the following tale (rendition below copied from here): Einstein refused surgery, saying: « I want to go when I want. It is insipid to prolong life ...
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Did Herodotus call Egypt the “Gift Of The Nile”?

The history site, Mr Dowling says: About 450BCE, a Greek historian named Herodotus called Egypt the “Gift of the Nile” because the Egyptian civilization depended on the resources of the great river....
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Is this statement about crime in restrooms accurate? [duplicate]

I was perusing the web, and found this statement trending wildly on Facebook and Twitter, in light of North Carolina's Controversial New LGBT Law. This tweet claims that there have been more US ...
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Did “The Boy in Striped Pyjamas” have this quote, which has been compared to Trump's slogan? [closed]

Did the movies "The Boy in Striped Pyjamas" have dialogue with the following subtitle, which has been compared to Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again"? He's [Hitler] making the country great ...
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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 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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Is this protest sign referring to Europe?

Is the above picture, of a woman holding a sign with the text You can get raped but not protest against rape # World's largest democracy referring to Europe? Example tweets: 1 (containing a ...
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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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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 Hillary Clinton admit in her memoirs to creating ISIS?

The Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei claimed in a speech posted on his official website that: Some Americans have confessed in their own memoirs [including Hillary Clinton's memoirs] ...
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Did George Washington say it was impossible to govern without the Bible?

Several sources attribute this quote to George Washington: True religion affords government its surest support. The future of this nation depends on the Christian training of our youth. It is ...
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“The Vietnamese plant rice, the Cambodians watch it grow and the Lao listen to it grow.”

Lonely Planet claims that the French had a saying that went: The Vietnamese plant rice, the Cambodians watch it grow and the Lao listen to it grow. Did any Frenchman circa the colonial era ever ...
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Did Golda Meir make this quote about curfews for women?

From Why We Can’t Stay Silent on Germany’s Mass Sex Assaults Former Israeli prime minster Golda Meir may have done and said many things people disagree with, but one of her stances is difficult ...
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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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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 Marie Curie say “Nothing in life is to be feared, it's only to be understood.”?

The Art and Science museum in Singapore quoted Marie Curie as saying: Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood I was trying to lookup the source of that quote, it's sourced ...
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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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“War never changes”: Fallout or Ulysses S. Grant?

A question at EL&U.SE asked whether the introduction to the video game series Fallout— War. War never changes— had an earlier source in literature or a speech. A web search on this phrase turns up ...

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