Thursday, October 12, 2017

Quote of the day 12th October 2017

The expression "May you live in interesting times" has been described for as long as the phrase has been in circulation as being a Chinese curse, but interestingly nobody has been successful in tracing a confirmed account of this saying as a curse either to Confucius, to whom it is often attributed, nor to any other authentic Chinese source.

In fact the first confirmed use of the expression, from a speech about the problems faced by Britain and the world in the mid-1930's from the brother of the man who was about to become Prime Minister, is this one.

An account of efforts to trace the origins of the expression can be found here.

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