Shakespeare Expects Better

4 Posted by - July 21, 2013 - Quotes & Memes

Sometimes I wonder if Shakespeare’s ghost is pissed or flattered that so many quotes are falsely attributed to him. Take this one, for which there is no evidence that Shakespeare said it.


In the case of most of the quotes, I’m going to go with pissed. I’d be pissed if it were me. (I’m sure Shakespeare’s ghost doesn’t mind me comparing myself to him. We are both writers, after all. And we both like penis jokes. I rest my case.)



  • Lora July 21, 2013 - 1:19 pm Reply

    Thank you! I cannot stand misattributed quotes. I often read a pin and shake my head muttering, “There is no way in SHIT that Oscar Wilde said anything like that. He would be insulted.” And Shakespeare does seem to be the primary victim of this anomaly.

  • Mary Elizabeth Hardin July 21, 2013 - 1:32 pm Reply

    I just found one of those on tumblr yesterday and after about 10 min of research I discovered the “Shakespeare quote” was an English translation of a Turkish translation of a BOB MARLEY song…

    I nearly died right there.

    • Jaime Huff July 21, 2013 - 5:19 pm Reply

      OMG! I just spit out my drink from laughing! Thanks for that! LOL

  • Jodee Rose July 21, 2013 - 2:25 pm Reply

    Expectation is the roof of all heartache? Does ANYONE say that?

    • anonymous3636 July 24, 2013 - 8:34 pm Reply

      Actually, it’s a bastardized Buddhist quote: desire is the root of all suffering (paraphrasing here)

  • Staciehew July 21, 2013 - 7:06 pm Reply

    And freaking Marilyn Monroe! Everyone thinks she is the wisest, funniest feminist in the world. I have an entire Pinterest board called Fake Marilyn Monroe Quotes. Most of them sound like crap drunk teens taking selfies would say.

  • DaniS July 21, 2013 - 9:28 pm Reply

    I’m certain Shakespeare would only take credit for the good ones and then say “I wishith I thought of this”

  • Heather July 21, 2013 - 9:32 pm Reply

    “Most quotes you find on the Internet are incorrect.” -Abraham Lincoln

  • Crystal Kelly Yzaguirre July 22, 2013 - 1:47 am Reply

    I saw one, I don’t remember exactly what was said or who the quote was attributed to but it was something about cars and the guy it was attributed to died before automobiles began to commonly be called cars and car was still used in regard to train cars….

  • Havana James July 22, 2013 - 1:52 pm Reply

    “…but they can’t put any thing on the internet that isn’t true…”-

  • Bellydancekid July 23, 2013 - 3:58 pm Reply

    “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Nietzsche. Did. Not. Say. This. EVER. 😛 A teacher at my school used it in his signature and it drove me insane.

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