The famous line has a very tragic backstory.
Quotes Abraham Lincoln as saying, “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.”
Did the 19th century Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky say or write this prediction: "Tolerance will reach such a level that intelligent people will be banned from thinking so as not to offend the imbeciles"? No, that's not true: This qu
A quote widely misattributed to the comedian offers words of wisdom about being the odd one out in a family.
Did Hermann Goering say that the only reason Nazism worked in Germany was because the government convinced the German people to be afraid? No, that's not true: A history professor says there is no evidence of Goering, a leader in Nazi Ger
A quote starting "and the question is whether or not we should be in a position" went viral in July 2021.
Is Mark Twain the person responsible for the now famous quote about politicians and diapers needing to be changed often and for the same reason? No, that's not true: There is no record of Mark Twain having written or said this quote. Many
It's not the first time the first-term Republican Congressman has made an irony-laden mistake about American history.
A June 11 2021 Facebook post attributed a quote (beginning with “I wish we were all hippies”) to late musician Bob Marley, and that post has since spread like wildfire: Nothing in the image nor the status update inspired confidence that t
On June 8 2021, a Facebook page shared a long-circulating quote attributed to anthropologist Margaret Mead about civilization’s earliest sign of appearing being a healed femur. In a status update, the page wrote “Be Civilized!” and ad
On June 8 2021, an Imgur user shared a quote-based image, attributing “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes” to Sigmund Freud: Although the
This ant quote gets shared one by one hoorah? Hoorah?
Quick Take A viral Facebook post falsely attributes claims of widespread voter fraud and “treasonous acts” during the 2020 election to former Rep. Trey Gowdy. But he told us the statement “wasn’t from me.” We tracked the c
A video clip of an interview of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been viewed millions of times in Facebook posts alongside a claim he said it is not essential for Muslims to accept Prophet Mohammad as the last prophet of Allah. The claim is fals
A graphic attributed to Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN that features a purported quote from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been shared in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter. The graphic claims that Duterte said he will “punch” Filipin
In a May 2021 Imgur post (titled “Freudian Marching Powder”), a screenshot of a tweet purportedly quoted Sigmund Freud as saying of a lecture that he “ascribed to the cocaine” his ability to enrapture the audience: Undated and
A purported news graphic has been shared thousands of times in social media posts that claim it shows disparaging remarks made about Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo by a top diplomat. The claim is false: the graphic has been doctored from a
Following the announcement of the European Super League, a number of fake quotes attributed to people in the footballing world have gone viral on social media. The European Super League would involve 20 clubs, including 15 founder members which would b
Did then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev say in a speech, "Your children's children will live under communism. You Americans are so gullible..." on September 29, 1959? And was this speech on the same day as the day he purportedly banged h
REVIEW A video posted on YouTube showed a clip of Bill Gates speaking about injecting children with genetically modified organisms. The video has been viewed more than 15,000 times and shared more than 3,000 times on Facebook, according to the social
A post on Facebook claims that in the wake of the Dunblane Massacre and calls for the government to ban handguns that followed, then-journalist Boris Johnson wrote: “Nanny is confiscating their toys. It is like one of those vast Indian programmes
Quick Take Posts circulating on social media falsely claim that Vice President Kamala Harris supports deep cuts to veterans’ programs, telling them to “get a job.” It’s a fabricated quotation that originated on a satirical websi
Did President Biden say the US didn't have a COVID-19 vaccine before he took office? No, that's not true: he said there was no supply of the vaccine in storage awaiting distribution, not that the vaccine didn't exist. The words in quotati
On February 17 2021, the death of right-wing talk radio presence Rush Limbaugh prompted a number of social media users to post a quote generally attributed to Mark Twain (or American lawyer of note Clarence Darrow), saying “I’ve never ki
As the world's first and only fact-checking organization named after Faulkner characters, we were shocked to hear demands that a soliloquy from "Macbeth" be attributed to the American author.
A new Washington Post series of Biden administration profiles based on previously published material led to accusations of impropriety.
Multiple Facebook posts shared in January 2021 purport to show a quote from New Zealand’s opposition leader Judith Collins, suggesting it shows she heaped praise on former US President Donald Trump. The posts, however, misquote Collins. Her origin
Quick Take A viral meme presents quotes from some Democratic lawmakers to misleadingly suggest they were advocating violence. They were supporting protests over various issues. Full Story Days after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters s
Did former politician Trey Gowdy say "If you're okay with rigging an election, I'm ok with martial law to stop you" as several social media posts are claiming? No, that's not true: there is no record of Gowdy ever saying these words, they
Social media posts shared after the storming of the US Capitol by followers of President Donald Trump combine images of prominent Democrats with pictures of burning buildings and quotes suggesting that the politicians previously incited unrest. But the
An image has been shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook posts that purports to show remarks by a Filipino politician in which he appears to criticise Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The claim is false; the image has been digitally altered
A purported screenshot of a Sinhala-language newspaper article has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts which claim it includes a quote from a Buddhist monk stating he is proud that Sri Lanka is exporting meat products. The posts c
An image that carries the logo of a Philippine broadcaster has been shared in multiple Facebook posts that claim it shows a genuine quote by a leftist Philippine politician after her daughter was killed in a military standoff. The claim is false; th
A graphic has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts purporting to show a genuine quote from a Philippine television personality published by a Philippine broadcaster. The alleged quote and the posts suggest the television personalit
Did former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin say that in a general election it does not matter who votes, but what matters is who is counting the votes? No, that's not true: While there are some indications Stalin may have made the quote abou
The former New York mayor took two swings and missed both on Election Day 2020.
A post shared several thousand times on Facebook claims that the Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering said during the Nuremberg trials that "the only thing a government needs to turn people into slaves is fear." However, there is no trace of the statement
Quick Take Social media posts shared by Eric Trump and Fox News host Jeanine Pirro take a quote by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden out of context to claim he “admits to voter fraud.” Biden was actually describing his efforts to
Quick Take President Donald Trump didn’t say “‘GOOD’ about the kids being separated from the parents” at the southern border during the final presidential debate, as social media posts wrongly claim. He said “go ahea
Quick Take Facebook posts falsely claim that at his Oct. 15 town hall event, former Vice President Joe Biden said he grew up in Section 8 housing. Biden actually said he lived in a building which “became Section 8 housing much later.” Full