Or so I saw quoted on Twitter today, attributed to one Mr. William Shakespeare. I was excited, as this almost directly reflects the First Noble Truth of Buddhism which, roughly paraphrased, says “Desire is the root of all suffering.” I’m thrilled when interests of mine cross like that.
But…it doesn’t sound like Shakespeare. I don’t know if I’m developing the golden ear or what, but I’m finding that when I hear a Shakespeare quote that I’ve not heard before, I have pretty good luck in determining whether it’s misattributed.
And thus far, I cannot find a single piece of evidence that this is indeed Shakespeare. It’s attributed all over the place, but always just to “William Shakespeare”, never with an associated work – even in lists where they otherwise do specify the work.
Anybody got the scoop? Surely if it’s in the plays (or sonnets or long poems) then it would pop up in a search, wouldn’t it?
Don’t forget to check out Not By Shakespeare where we track down the source of this and many more quotes mistakenly attributed to Shakespeare.