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tl;dr: No. Marx wrote that Proudhon would say that slavery had good sides (as part of his criticism of Proudhon). This quote is from a letter from Marx to Annenkov. But it is important to look at the context to understand its meaning. The sentence prior to the quote from OP is: Let me now give you an example of Mr Proudhon's dialectics. The final ...


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No; the caption is written in the Calibri font. This font was not developed until 2002. Source: https://www.fonts.com/font/microsoft-corporation/calibri


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The Stanford yearbook in 1977 is mostly photos without captions. (There is no Valerie Bowman on this page anyway, because she didn't graduate until 1978.) It does have a few short comments that seem to deal with everyday life on campus. The faculty and staff kept reminding me to take advantage of all the benefits available to me because I was at this ...


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He did write this on his twitter feed[archived] The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. See also politifact: Yes, Donald Trump did call climate change a Chinese hoax. He later claimed that this was a joke: Well, I think the climate change is just a very, very expensive form ...


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Very unlikely. This is sometimes attributed to Einstein on his 50th Wedding anniversary Einstein was married twice: The first marriage was to Mileva Marić, from January 1903 until their divorce on 14 February 1919 - i.e. 16 years of marriage. The second marriage was to Elsa Löwenthal on 2 June 1919 until her death in December 1936 - i.e. 17 years of ...


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Just addressed by Snopes apparently, The quote to attributed “Valerie Jarrett, Stanford University, 1977” about her “seek[ing] to help change America to be a more Islamic country” is an unfounded one that has no source other than recent repetition (primarily on right-wing web sites and blogs). It’s also an anachronism, as “Valerie Jarrett” didn’t exist in ...


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No, it wasn't interpreted that way. Berliner is a name for a doughnut, similar to a Frankfurter being a type of sausage. However, it does also mean living in/being from Berlin, similar to Londoner. See this article, The Real Meaning of Ich Bin ein Berliner, as told by the director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum: Afterward it ...


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There is certainly a quote within a purported interview with Einstein in which the phrase appears and is attributed to Einstein (see Morgoth's answer). As such, the claim can be considered one that existed during Einstein's life, and is not a posthumous invention. However, there may be reason to doubt the veracity of the quote. As this is regarding an ...


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Short version: Susan B. Anthony had a long history of working as an abolitionist, but wasn't willing to settle for gradual victories on the way to women's suffrage. Combine that with a notorious short temper, and a rocky but long friendship with Frederick Douglass, and you end up with some quotes that are less than favorable for Anthony's memory, fall short ...


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There are a number of pieces of evidence that demonstrate that the picture above is not a real tweet from Rockstar, but a hoax. Missing Verification Tick We can compare the image in the question with an example of a tweet actually made on that date (and verified via the Wayback Machine's archive: Note that the example tweet shows a blue tick, which ...


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Is Neil Tyson's claim that the Gregorian calendar is the “most accurate calendar ever devised” true? TL; DR: The Gregorian calendar qualifies as "most accurate" if one defines "most accurate" as a calendar that has a leap year every four years except for years that are divisible by 100 but not by 400. Tyson didn't mean that. He made it somewhat clear what ...


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To summarise up front, he used the word imbécile which is more or less like "idiot", but he used it as an element of an idiomatic figurative phrase which means "you can play-act someone who doesn't care or doesn't know better" or "in a remarkably (and in this case inappropriately) juvenile way" -- not saying that "you 'are' an idiot", saying "you can 'play' ...


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It seems that he fluffed his line. He meant to say "a man", but inadvertently missed out the "a". It is also possible that the "a" was masked by static. What did Neil Armstrong really say when he stepped on to the moon? According to the authors of the 1986 book Chariots for Fire, the astronaut tried to argue it omitted the word "a" but after hearing a ...


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No. The Berliners (people) do not call berliner (jelly doughnut) a "Berliner", they call it Pfannkuchen (which - curious part here - stands for a pancake in some other parts of Germany). So even if JFK wanted to call himself a jelly doughnut, saying "ich bin ein Berliner" would not have achieved this goal - the Berliners wouldn't have understood it that way....


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I could not find a source of Marx's mother saying it, only Marx retelling it. This quote, or some variation, is likely real and may have even been a joke said by Marx when he was talking about his finances. David McLellan's "Karl Marx, A Biography", published in 1973, provides the quote on page 326: During 1867 Marx recognised that Engels had given him '...


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It appears that Einstein did in fact say this on multiple occasions, but most notably in his 1931 book Cosmic Religion and Other Opinions and Aphorisms. At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason. When the eclipse of 1919 confirmed my intuition, I was not in the least surprised. In fact, I would have been astonished had it turned out ...


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The quote is really that of Garson Kanin as author of the 1974 book Hollywood: Stars and Starlets, Tycoons and Flesh-peddlers, Moviemakers and Moneymakers, Frauds and Geniuses, Hopefuls and Has-beens, Great Lovers and Sex Symbols, at page 181: A successful film is one on which most of the decisions have been correct; an unsuccessful film is the opposite. ...


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Yes, roughly. This appears to be based upon a quote from his 1931 essay, Mein Weltbild (or "The World As I See It"), which was originally published in “Forum and Century,” vol. 84, pp. 193-194, the thirteenth in the Forum series, Living Philosophies. It is also included in Living Philosophies (pp. 3-7), New York: Simon Schuster, 1931.. Note that the sources ...


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He did not. The French newspaper Le Monde released an article debunking this claim. The origin of the quote is a German satirical article from Contra Magazin. Original quote in German: Die Briten verstoßen gegen die EU-Rahmenbedingungen, da es nicht in der Philosophie der EU liegt, dass der Mob über Aufstieg und Untergang der EU entscheiden darf. ...


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Yes. In an interview with the Brazilian version of the Playboy magazine (in Portuguese, published June 2011, available on Archive.org), when asked what he would do if his son "turned homosexual", he said: Tem certas coisas que digo que é como a morte. Me daria desgosto, me deixaria triste, e acho até que ele mesmo me abandonaria num caso desses. Para mim ...


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Proving a negative is always hard, but Patrick Vlaskovits wrote a post for Harvard Business Review titled Henry Ford, Innovation, and That “Faster Horse” Quote in which he says No. My methodology consisted of searching the Google Books corpus, which shows that the quote doesn’t appear until: 2002 in “Beyond Disruption: Changing the Rules in the ...


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Yes, Trump has supported waterboarding and other forms of torture at various times and promised to "bring back waterboarding" during the primary. The first quote is from a republican primary in New Hampshire. The video is available here. "I would bring back waterboarding, and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding," As the Politifact ...


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Bill Gates himself addressed this in 1996 in a column he wrote: I've said some stupid things and some wrong things, but not that. No one involved in computers would ever say that a certain amount of memory is enough for all time … I keep bumping into that silly quotation attributed to me that says 640K of memory is enough. There's never a ...


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Youtube video Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers. See also Obama and the “Christian Nation” Quote, which says it was spoken on June 28, 2006, and says that according to his prepared remarks he was ...


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Yes, he absolutely said that. You can still read it on his Twitter feed, in fact, where in November of 2012 he said: The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. Source: https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/265895292191248385 Even before that, he made substantially ...


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Did Ray Bradbury ever claim that his book [Fahrenheit 451] was not about censorship? Yes, absolutely, you can listen to him explain it in his own words (Bradbury on Censorship/Television) on his website. Transcript: I wasn't worried about freedom, I was worried about people being turned into morons by TV... Fahrenheit's not about censorship, it's ...


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No, it's fake. Snopes looked into it thoroughly: (same wording, different image) Despite People's comprehensive online content archive, we found no interview or profile on Donald Trump in 1998 (or any other time) that quoted his saying anything that even vaguely resembled the words in this meme. Trump appeared somewhat regularly in the magazine's pages ...


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The peaceful quote was given when he described his pilgrimage to Mecca, and the attitude toward all (American) white people as devils is from an earlier time when he was part of the Nation of Islam. In a 1963 interview with Louis Lomax he says: MALCOLM X: Yes, sir, that is what The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us. The white devil’s time is up; it ...


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In the first place the photo is not a photo of Valerie Jarrett from 1977. It is a photo taken at a later date in her life. Probable a photo after she became a successful business women. You can tell that by comparing it to photos from the year book that was shown as evidence. The features don’t look anywhere similar to the other students the clothes, hair ...


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