You know the saying “Dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening”? Sure, we all know it, but who originally said it?

Popular quotes have been watered down, altered, and outright hijacked. We’ve seen them plastered on coffee mugs, posters, and even incorporated into tattoos. This list sheds some light on the famous quotes whose authors are owed recognition.

Next time someone spits out a popular quote, you will be able to retort with the well-known, rarely credited author. Trust me, this can be useful. You’ll land more dates, gain that much needed raise, and get a higher GPA…Promise.


  1. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch
  2. “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey
  3. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West
  4. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost
  5. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”― Bil Keane
  6. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”― Friedrich Nietzsche
  7. “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”― Albert Camus
  8. “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”― Neil Gaiman
  9. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”― Helen Keller
  10. “Do one thing every day that scares you.”― Eleanor Roosevelt
  11. “I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally. ”― W.C. Fields
  12. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”― Ayn Rand
  13. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”― Confucius
  14. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”― Audrey Hepburn
  15. “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” ― Alfred Tennyson
  16. “When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun’.”― Groucho Marx
  17. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”― Plato



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