Word and Phrase Origins

Who first said the phrase it is what it is?

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2011-03-23 18:28:40

Erich Fried (6 May 1921 - 22 November 1988), an Austrian

poet that settled in England, known for his political-minded

poetry. Erich was also a broadcaster, translator and essayist, and

wrote Es ist was es ist (It is what it is), in 1983.

This is the first use of it I can find. However, Plato is also

known for this qoute, though I do not think it applies:

"%22This_City_is_what_it_is_because_our_citizens_are_what_they_are.%22"

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"%22This_City_is_what_it_is_because_our_citizens_are_what_they_are.%22">

"This City is what it is because our citizens are what they

are."


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