July 7, 2010
The Famous Words Marie Antoinette Did NOT Say. Although the young princess of France is associated with this phrase, it was actually first written by philosopher Jean-Jaques Rousseau in reference to the large gap between the rich and the poor in society at that time. And when he had written this (around 1766), Marie Antoinette was only 10 years old, not yet the Queen of France, not for another 4 years anyway.

The actual phrase written in French is "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche", brioche being less fancy than cake (but still quite delicious if we might add). The brioche has been around as far back as the middle ages and consists of plenty of eggs and butter.

Image Credits: Marie Antoinette in Muslin Dress, Still Life With Brioche painted by Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin. Modern imagery from We♥It


  1. Those photos are so beautiful! I've always been in love with Marie Antoinette's story & that time period. The movie is so pretty!

  2. I just discovered your blog some days ago and it's so addictive! The quality of the photos are brilliant and I find every single post so interesting. I normally hate compulsory music on blog but the ones you chose are sooo relaxing and so in tune with your topics. Brilliant work. XXX

  3. Thank you for clearing up the bit about that quote. It always bothers me when people say she said it. Anyway, also very lovely photos!

  4. Those dresses in the pictures are splendid! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I have been meaning to watch that movie! I heard it's complete eye candy!

    ♥ Teresa ♥

  6. Oh my goodness I love it!!!


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