1. “When I saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew.”
Where it’s actually from: An 1893 Italian opera, Falstaff, with a libretto by Arrigo Boito. The opera itself is based on The Merry Wives Of Windsor, written by the Bard himself, but the line is not found in the play itself, only in the opera.
2. “Love is a wonderful terrible thing.”
Where it’s actually from: Gabriela, Clove, and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado. Also the quote is actually, “Love–the most wonderful and most terrible thing in the world.”
3. “The earth has music for those who listen.”
Where it’s actually from: The quote is definitively not in any of Shakespeare’s written works. It’s most commonly attributed to poet and author George Santayana or Oliver Wendall Holmes.
4. “You say you love rain…”
Where it’s actually from: A turkish poem titled, I Am Afraid. In addition, umbrellas weren’t common in Europe until the 17th century, roughly a 100 years after Shakespeare died.
5. “The less you speak of greatness, the more shall I think of it.”
Where it’s actually from: Sir Francis Bacon to Sir Edward Coke in 1601 during a quarrel in a bar.
6. “So dear I love him that with him/All deaths I could endure/Without him, live on life.”
Where it’s actually from: Paradise Lost by John Milton.
7. “When words fail music speaks.”
Where it’s actually from:This quote is paraphrased from Hans Christian Anderson’s “What The Moon Saw” (from What The Moon Saw: And Other Tales), roughly two centuries after Shakespeare died. The actual quote is, “when words fail, sounds can often speak.”
8. “We’re all in the same game; just different levels. Dealing with the same hell; just different devils.”
Where it’s actually from: Tumblr staaahp, this is a Jadakiss song.
9. “All glory comes from daring to begin.”
Where it’s actually from: “John Brown”, a poem by Eugene Fitch Ware.
10. “Love is the most beautiful of dreams and the worst of nightmares.”
Where it’s actually from: The Notebook of Love twitter handle.
11. “Expectation is the root of all heartache.”
Where it’s actually from: While no one is quite sure where this quote sprang from, it’s definitively not in any of Shakespeare’s works. The quote does closely resemble, and is commonly said to derive from the Second Noble Truth of Buddhism: desire is the root of all suffering.
58 thoughts on “11 Quotes Commonly Misattributed To Shakespeare”
That was informative and slightly disappoint 🙂 Thanks for sharing …
well said with correct words, appreciate your kindness!
All of them are so wonderful. My favorite would be on the glory comes from daring to start it.
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I love this, Mihran! This is very entertaining and informative. Thank you. Pinning!
Wow Vashti – thank you for your fascinating words, I appreciate it!
Lol. Oh no!!! Lol. Thanks for putting the correction out there…
I appreciate your kind comments and participation, means a lot to me!
Mihrank – of course. Really appreciate your presence on my blog as well. Hope you enjoy the posts as much as I did this! xo
Wonderful, Mihran 🙂
Thank you deeply, hugs and kisses:)
The quotes are wonderful. Thank you my friend.
I am glad my friend you enjoyed and like them. Have a blessed week!!
it’s a great post! Really enjoyed it.
thank you for your kind words, means a lot to me!!
So much info in one post… I could never understand Shakespeare thougg
I have to agree with your vision, since Shakespeare is complex of deep thoughts.
The cosmos has music for those who listen. This is a deep meditation.
Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate it.
Thank you as well for your wise quotes.
Very interesting. They definitely don’t sound Shakespearean so I’m glad you’ve debunked them.
Strange how many misattributed quotes there are. Thank you for sharing.
Here’s one that is Shakespeare’s …
” A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” 🙂
That was a fun post Mihran. I guess it speaks well for Shakespeare — that if we like a quote, then we think he must have said it. 😀 Hugs.
A fascinating, and informative post. Thank you Mihran.
Lovely post Mihran! I knew some, but not all. Thank you for sharing.
This is a wonderful collection of quotes, my friend, and so glad you’ve pointed out who the proper sources for them too! Shakespeare does have his own words that are well known and enough to go around 😉
Interesting that these were all attributed to Shakespeare wrongly. I guess we think all of the wise and well worded quotes come from him.
I agree, many of these do not sound like Shakespeare – great job researching correct attributions, Mihran. As someone who uses quotes a lot in posts, it can be tricky.
wow – You are so sweet and incredible – I thank you from the bottom of my heart:)
It can be so hard to find out who really (first) said a quote. But all of these are marvelous. Hugs.
really enjoyed this (and someone is super smart who knows these misquotes…)
I very much appreciate your kind words, means a lot to me…Thank you:)
Oh my goodness, I had no idea. Thanks for correcting me on so many of these.
Thank you Ann for your kind words and appreciation, means a lot to me!!
Thank you for your kind words, you have a great new blog!!
Shakespeare was a man before his time, and his wisdom will long remain.. 🙂
This was such an interesting read. I really liked #4 … I had never read this one before, but now I know the Shakespeare isn’t to be credited 🙂
Thank you so much – I am humbled by your choise!
Wonderful idea for a post, Mihran. Since I studied Shakespeare in college (theatre major) I could have told you they were NOT Shakespeare quotations but, except for a scant few, I could not have pointed to who actually said the misattributed words. Thanks so much for adding to my education.
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So many wonderful quotes and also very interesting Mihran. I had no idea of the origins of these. 💖
thank you for your great words and thoughts!!
Wonderful post. I especially liked the “what it actually from” part…simply superb!
That happens, some things get related to somebody who did not invent them!
wow – this is so unique and grateful words,,,,
Mihran, I’m love quotes and your post is fascinating; some wonderful quotes and explaining their correct history. Very interesting…I particularly liked ‘You say you love rain…’ never seen that one before.
Thank you so much for this info about quotes wrongly attributed to Shakespeare. I was also ignorant of this. Thank you once again Mihran <3
very impressive – thank you for kind words, means a lot to me!!!
That’s a really interesting list! Some of those quotes are just so familiar, and it was insightful to know where they actually originated.
Interesting, Mihran. Thanks for sharing. I wonder how people got them mixed up in the first place?
Cynthia – amazing and impressive words and comments, thank you!!
Very well compiled!
wow – I am humbled by your words and appreciative…