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A quote that has long been attributed to Marie Antoinette, although historians have generally concluded that she never said that.
Rousseau published in his work "Confessions" (1770) a story of a "great princess" who asked why the peasants were so upset; when told that they had no bread, the princess flippantly said "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche". Marie Antoinette was only fourteen at the time, unknown to the world, and was not even in France at the time.
The story of the ignorant, callous princess uttering "Let them eat cake" was around for a century before Marie Antoinette was even born. Contrary to saying such a statement, Marie Antoinette once wrote to her family: "It is quite certain that in seeing the people who treat us so well despite their own misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness. The King seems to understand this truth."
by Lorelili January 25, 2011
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A quote attributed to Marie Antoinette, who allegedly spoke it in regard to her peasants having no bread to eat. Regardless of whether that actually happened, it is still the snobbiest way of saying "fuck them and what they want."
Marie Antoinette: "Let them eat cake."

Snooty French Guy: "They don't have cake either."

Marie Antoinette: "Did I fucking stutter?"
by Alfonsie November 19, 2013
It is a common misconception that Queen Marie Antoinette spoke the words "Let them eat cake."

Instead Little Debbie, that little girl on the box of snack cakes, uttered these words.
Don: I'm pretty sure Marie Antoinette said "let them eat cake."

Bob: Yea, well what cake did she make? Little Debbie has tons of different cakes!
by Orthonormal May 17, 2010

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