Sunday, January 24, 2010

Quote: Madam De Gaulle

I usually avoid posting quotes which are unreliable or where more careful examination has shown that a quote is an urban myth. As an example, a quote attributed to Mariah Carey - "When I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean, I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all the flies and death and stuff." - actually came from a fictitious interview but is now constantly quoted as real.

( is a great website for debunking urban myths and has great browsing material but be warned, it is addictive).

The quote below may or may not be urban myth. It has been examined by, which states that whilst it has the hallmarks of an urban legend (unsourced, multiple versions and non-specific), it cannot establish one way or another whether it is true.

Nonetheless, some quotes are just too good to let pass, even if there is a question mark hanging over it...

At the end of a long and probably very boring meal (at a formal dinner), (British Prime Minister) Macmillan turned to Madame de Gaulle and asked politely what she was looking forward to in her retirement. Quick as a flash the elderly lady replied: "A penis." Macmillan had been trained all his life never to appear shocked, but even he was a bit taken aback. After drawling out a series of polite platitudes, - "Well, I can see your point of view, don't have much time for that sort of thing nowadays" - it gradually dawned on him to his intense relief that what she was trying to say, under a heavy French accent, was “happiness.”

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