Here’s a curiosity for writers who wrestle with trying to find out who wrote what. Quotations are wonderful ways to illustrate points – to offer ‘seed ideas’ – and to start chapters or sections of a book. But every so often, finding out the true author of a quote turns into a detective hunt.
Take the very popular ‘Work like you don’t need the money.Dance like no one is watching…’ quotation. Who wrote it? Here are some versions of it:
Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.
Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, live like there is no tomorrow, dance like no one is watching.
You’ve got to live like there’s no tomorrow, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one is watching.
Love like you have never been hurt; work like you don’t need the money; and dance like no one is watching.
Dance like no one is watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it’s heaven on earth.
If anyone is a Mark Twain fan and has read the quote in one of his books or letters, then I think that would clinch it!