Saw “A light heart lives long” today and immediately thought, “Nah, that doesn’t sound like Shakespeare.” Did some quick googling and it looks like something more in the “old Irish proverb” category (“Maireann croí éadrom i bhfad.“)
But guess what? If we allow for the words to evolve a little bit over the centuries, however, look what I find in Henry IV Part 2, Act V, Scene 3:
So it looks like we can give Shakespeare credit for this one after all! It’s a drinking song.
Now, whether or not he’s the first one to say it, that’s a whole different story. But we’ll let all those Instagram and Pinterest posters get off easy this time.