Although often described as a Chinese curse, the phrase “may you live interesting times” can be more
accurately traced to Joseph Chamberlain, who in an 1898 speech observed,
I think you will all agree that we are living in most interesting times (hear hear). I never
remember myself a time in which our history was so full, in which day by day brought us
new objects of interest, and let me say also, new objects for anxiety (hear hear).