There is no evidence that Marie
Antoinette ever said ‘Let them eat cake.’
The phrase is attributed to an unknown
'great princess’ in a 1767 work by Jean-
Jacques Rousseau, which was written
before Antoinette’s arrival in France. SourceSource 2
Hold childhood in reverence, and do not be in any hurry to judge it for good or ill. … You assert that you know the value of time and are afraid to waste it. You fail to perceive that it is a greater waste of time to use it ill than to do nothing, and that a child ill taught is further from virtue than a child who has learnt nothing at all. You are afraid to see him spending his early years doing nothing. What! is it nothing to be happy, nothing to run and jump all day?
GRYFFINDOR: “Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.” -Jean Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract or Principles of Political Right)