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  1. From Wikipedia’s List of misquotations:

    “If they have no bread, let them eat cake!” (“S’ils n’ont plus de pain, qu’ils mangent de la brioche.”) — Marie Antoinette

    The original quote comes from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions: “I recalled the make-shift of a great princess who was told that the peasants had no bread and who replied: ‘Let them eat brioche’.”

    He was referring to an incident in Grenoble, 1740, ten years before Marie Antoinette was born.

    It has been speculated that he was actually writing of Maria Theresa of Spain or one of various other aristocrats though no evidence has ever been offered for this.

    In the meantime, Marie Antoinette’s attribution to the quote was current in her time in antiroyalist propaganda, most likely to hasten her way to the guillotine.

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