Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese proverb' might not be real

Taking to the social media platform ahead of the historic summit between her father, US President Donald Trump, and rogue North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this week, Ms Trump tweeted: "Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it", attributing the meaningful words to a Chinese proverb. Others pointed to more informal phrases that are popular in China, such as "If you can do it, do it; if you can't, shut up". She has cultivated a loyal following among young Chinese women, many of whom admire her success in starting a fashion brand and see her as a symbol of elegance.

Confucius says Ivanka Trump made a proverbial social media gaffe.

According to the BBC, one Weibo user wrote, "Don't give advice while watching others playing a chess game".

One of the users also tweeted, "It makes sense, but I still don't know which proverb it is", and while yet another user's post read, "She saw it in a fortune cookie at Panda Express", AFP reported. Actually, the saying has been occasionally ascribed to the famous Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, though there's no evidence of him ever having used it.

'Our editor really can't think of exactly which proverb this is.

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Ivanka celebrated her father's landmark meeting with the leader of North Korea, after decades of hostilities between the two countries by quoting what she called a Chinese proverb.

But it was reportedly panned on China's social network, Weibo, and may have actually been an early 20th-century saying.

"Later when people found out the "Chinese proverb" Ivanka quoted doesn't exist, they didn't take it too seriously ..."

A pseudo-Confucian version was fabricated in 1962 - perhaps explaining why Ms Trump believed it was a Chinese proverb.

'But why are Trump WH (White House) aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?' he quipped.

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Unfortunately for Ivanka, the proverb is apparently not Chinese.

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life", she posted on Twitter in 2013, attributing the phrase to Confucius.

Maybe next time, she will fact-check herself before she tweets - a lesson we all have to learn at some point.

In stepped his daughter though, and she seemed to have a profound take on the meeting, citing a "Chinese proverb" to highlight how historic the summit was.

Clearly alluding to President Trump's critics, Ivanka may have thought she was being quite profound with her choice of quote.

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