Catch phrase of famous people, they never uttered
Taking a walk through the world, aphorisms often change not only the original meaning, but also authorship. It often happens that a politician uses some catchphrase in a memorable speech, then he is regarded as the author of these words, but it is not. Sometimes even reaches the point of absurdity: the man credited with the phrase, which he he has never uttered.
1. "No man - no problem"
Many believe that since Joseph Stalin spoke, but there is no documentary evidence that he had said anything like that. The true author of this turnover - writer Anatoly Rybakov, who attributed it to Stalin in his novel "Children of the Arbat". They say fishermen heartily laughed at publicists and politicians, who in his speeches brought this phrase as a Stalinist.
2, "If I go to sleep and wake up in a hundred years, and they ask me, what is happening in Russia, I will answer without hesitation: drink and steal"
The media often give the joke with a note: "As he wrote Saltykov-Shchedrin ..." And sometimes, a phrase attributed to historian Nikolay Karamzin. In fact, she appeared in the "Blue Book" Mikhail Zoshchenko citing notebooks Peter Vyazemsky, which, in turn, refers to a conversation with Karamzin.
3. "Stalin took Russia with a wooden plow and left it with the atomic bomb"
Winston Churchill really belonged to the Soviet leader with caution and respect, as mentioned in the famous Fulton speech. But on the plow, he did not say anything. For the first time as a Churchill quote the phrase used Stalinist Nina Andreyeva in the article, "I can not sacrifice principles". And the idea is obviously learned from the Encyclopaedia Britannica article about Stalin: "The essence of Stalin's truly historic achievements is that he took Russia to the plow and leaves with nuclear reactors."
4. "If they have no bread, let them eat cake"
It is believed that Marie Antoinette once asked the court why the Parisian poor constantly rebelling. She said that the poor do not have enough bread. "If they have no bread, let them eat cake" - so supposedly responded queen.
In fact, something like that wrote the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The "Confessions" we read: "Finally I remembered what figured out a princess. When she was told that peasants have no bread, she said: "Let them eat brioche" ". The novel came out in 1789, just at the time when Marie Antoinette ravaged France with their antics. Nothing like she did not talk, but people felt it in her style.
5. "Any cook can run the state"
Since the late 80's this phrase actively saluted criticism of the Soviet system. Without entering into a debate on the topic of whose ability to govern the state above - Russian cook the beginning of the XX century Russian deputy or the beginning of the XXI century, we say that in this case we are talking about a conscious distortion of the real Lenin's phrase.
In the article "Can the Bolsheviks Retain State Power?" Lenin wrote: "We are not utopians. We know that an unskilled laborer or a cook can not immediately join the management of the state ... But we demand an immediate break with the prejudice that govern the state, to carry everyday, daily management work in the state, only rich ... "