Questionable Quotes

We all love the pithy quote, the clever put-down, the witty bon mot, the scintillating turn of phrase. We store them away in our conversational jewelry boxes, waiting for just the right occasion to decorate our speeches with their sparkle. What we often don’t realize is that many of these glittering linguistic gems are not the real thing, but mere costume jewelry.

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Did Rush Limbaugh Call Troops ‘Welfare Queens,’ ‘Moochers’? A routine review of content labeled satire.
    Labeled Satire
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Did Rush Limbaugh Say Presidential Medal Was Tarnished by Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou? A routine review of content labeled satire.
    Labeled Satire
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Did Rush Limbaugh Say Nicotine Was Not Proven To Be Addictive? Some detractors hinted at a degree of irony in this quote after the conservative radio...
    Correct Attribution
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Did Ron Howard Pen the ‘I Am a Liberal’ Essay? Some people apparently think that tacking a celebrity's name onto a viral opinion can lend...
    Misattributed
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Did Robin Williams Say the ‘Worst Thing in Life is Ending Up With People Who Make You Feel All Alone’? The famous actor may have said these words, but he didn't write them.
    Misattributed
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Did Nancy Pelosi Say Trump Must Apologize to Iran ‘Or Else’? A routine review of content labeled satire.
    Labeled Satire
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Did President Trump’s Mom Once Call Him an ‘Idiot’? Just because a quote is displayed in a meme doesn't necessarily mean it's accurate.
    False
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Did Alexis de Tocqueville Say ‘America Is Great Because She Is Good’? The statement has been frequently cited (in whole or in part) across the years by...
    Misattributed
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Did Advice Columnist Ann Landers Say This About Aging? It might be faster if we credited everyone at every age with authoring this quote.
    Misattributed
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Did Lincoln Say, ‘If You Want to Test a Man’s Character, Give Him Power’? For nearly a century, people have made the mistake of claiming that a quotation about...
    Misattributed
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Did the ‘Father of Radio’ Say Man Would Never Reach the Moon? Persons notable for achievements in one field of science aren't necessarily reliable prognosticators about other...
    True
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Did Keanu Reeves Really Say This About Living Life Fully? This quote has been attributed to everyone EXCEPT the original author.
    Misattributed
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