Not by Shakespeare
In an effort to turn the tide I’m releasing this excerpt from my book for free.Circulate at will. When you see somebody forward a quote from this list and
call it Shakespeare, send them a copy of this book and say, “Wonderful
quote, I really enjoyed it. I don’t think it’s by Shakespeare, though.” They are
all very nice quotes in their own right, and there’s no reason why people
should continue to associate them with Shakespeare and not give credit to
the original authors.
Expectation is the root of all heartache.
The origin of this quote, in this form at least, is unknown - butit is not Shake-speare.No one has been able to ﬁnd a reference in Shakespeare’s works
to these words, though it is a matter of opinion whether you might ﬁnd
something similar that Shakespeare said, that has evolved into the above.
Actually this quote closely resembles the Second Noble Truth of Buddhism,
which is often expressed as “Desire is the root of all suffering.” What is
expectation but desiring a certain outcome?
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
This is William Congreve inThe Mourning Bride(1697). Shakespeare did say"Come not between the dragon and his wrath," and "How sharper than aserpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child" (bothKing Lear), which both
seem to be of a similar spirit.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.I love thee to the level of everyday’s
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