Would it be on-topic to ask here:

Did Einstein actually say:

"Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler?"

By my reading of the FAQ, I would think not. Skeptiks is about:

Skeptics Stack Exchange is for challenging unreferenced notable claims, pseudoscience and biased results.

But this question is not about challenging the claim that it is best to make everything as simple as possible -- only that Einstein claimed that it was.

So, is this question on-topic here?

Note: I'm aware that there are some questions on Skeptics which ask very similar questions about the attribution of a particular quote, and many of those were well-upvoted and not closed. However, since StackExchange is not a perfect model of it's own policies (as commonly seen on StackOverflow), that does not mean those questions are on-topic.

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It's accepted as on-topic: by convention, because there are many similar questions.

Pretty well any question of the following form is on-topic here:

[Reference to notable claim] says, "[quote the claim]". Is that claim true?

So if you can find a 'notable' claim that Einstein said that, you are allowed to question whether that claim is true.

Sometimes you don't even need to find a reference, if the claim is commonly accepted to be notable.

The original purpose of the web site might have been science, pseudo-science, perhaps advertising; but it has since strayed far, far into other topics (e.g. history, journalism, and quotes like these).

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