Which Historical Figure Said the Controversial Quote?

By: Past Chronicles Staff | Published: Mar 23, 2024

Throughout history, public figures have left behind noteworthy and inspiring quotes attributed to them. However, some of our most historical figures have also left behind rather controversial quotes.

These controversial quotes aren’t as well known as their more inspiring ones. In fact, most people likely won’t realize who, exactly, made some of these comments.

"Direct thought is not an attribute of femininity. In this, woman is now centuries behind man."

A) Nikola Tesla

B) Henry Ford

C) Thomas Edison

D) Albert Einstein

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An old painting of a woman standing in the grass around green shrubbery.

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Answer:

Thomas Edison

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A black and white portrait of Thomas Edison in a suit.

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"Hitler turned me on in the highest."

A) Salvador Dali

B) Franklin D. Roosevelt

C) Pablo Picasso

D) Neville Chamberlain    

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A black and white photo of Adolf Hitler by other men.

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Answer:

Salvador Dali

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A black and white photo of Salvador Dali.

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"Never trust a Jew!"

A) Adolf Hitler

B) Neville Chamberlain

C) Nikola Tesla

D) Henry Ford

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A black and white photo of Adolf Hitler.

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Answer:

Nikola Tesla

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A black and white portrait of Nikola Tesla.

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"The female is a female by virtue of a certain lack of qualities; we should regard the female nature as afflicted with a natural defectiveness."

A) Aristotle

B) Plato

C) John Locke

D) Friedrich Nietzsche

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An 1860s painting by Augustus Leopold Egg of two females on a train.

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Answer:

Aristotle

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A statue of Aristotle outside underneath a cloudy blue sky.

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"I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion."

A) Franklin D. Roosevelt

B) John F. Kennedy

C) Winston Churchill

D) Albert Einstein

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Answer:

Winston Churchill

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A black and white portrait of Winston Churchill in a suit.

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"I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people."

A) Pope Francis

B) Mother Teresa

C) Martin Luther

D) John Locke 

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A wall painting of Jesus and other religious figures.

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Answer:

Mother Teresa

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A color photo of Mother Teresa in the 1990s.

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"I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes."

A) Winston Churchill

B) Adolf Hitler

C) Franklin D. Roosevelt

D) Joseph Stalin

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A black and white photo of poisoned gas cans in Auschwitz.

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Answer:

Winston Churchill

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A black and white photo of Winston Churchill.

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“There is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.”

A) Martin Luther King Jr.

B) John F. Kennedy

C) Malcolm X

D) Abraham Lincoln

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A colorized photo of people protesting during the Civil Rights Movement.

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Answer:

Abraham Lincoln

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A black and white portrait of Abraham Lincoln.

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On Domestic Abuse: "I would suggest that you analyze the whole situation and see if there is anything within your personality that arouses this tyrannical response from your husband."

A) Abraham Lincoln

B) Malcolm X

C) Martin Luther King Jr.

D) Andrew Jackson

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A 1700s painting of a man and wife with their children.

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Answer:

Martin Luther King Jr.

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A black and white photo of Martin Luther King Jr.

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"The natives [of Australia] were so few in number and of such a low type, that they practically offered no resistance at all, being but little more hindrance than an equal number of ferocious beasts."

A) Winston Churchill

B) Franklin D. Roosevelt

C) Teddy Roosevelt

D) Woodrow Wilson 

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An 1800s painting by Alexander Schramm of people in South Australia.

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Answer:

Teddy Roosevelt

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On His Wife: "I simply cannot bear to look at Ba's face. The expression is often like that on the face of a meek cow and gives one the feeling as a cow occasionally does, that in her own dumb manner she is saying something."

A) Martin Luther King Jr.

B) Mahatma Gandhi

C) Nelson Mandela

D) Albert Einstein  

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An 1800s painting by Sir Charles Lock Eastlake of a woman and a knight by others.

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Answer:

Mahatma Gandhi

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A black and white portrait photo of Mahatma Gandhi.

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"The Aryan stock is bound to triumph."

A) Winston Churchill

B) Adolf Hitler

C) Benito Mussolini

D) Heinrich Himmler

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Adolf Hitler with other Nazi leaders.

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Answer:

Winston Churchill

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A black and white portrait photo of Winston Churchill.

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"I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically - any woman. I was a hitter."

A) Paul McCartney

B) Eric Clapton

C) Ringo Starr

D) John Lennon

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An 1800s painting by Frederick Sandys of a woman.

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Answer:

John Lennon

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A black and white photo of John Lennon wearing glasses.

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“If it be the design of Providence to extirpate these Savages in order to make room for cultivators of the Earth, it seems not improbable that rum may be the appointed means.”

A) George Washington

B) Benjamin Franklin

C) Alexander Hamilton

D) Thomas Jefferson

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A 1908 painting by Roman Fekonja of a Native American treaty.

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Answer:

Benjamin Franklin

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"'Keep England White' is a good slogan.”

A) Neville Chamberlain

B) Margaret Thatcher

C) Queen Elizabeth

D) Winston Churchill

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An old painting by George Warren Blackham of people on an English street by buildings.

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Answer:

Winston Churchill

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A black and white photo of Winston Churchill.

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