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From which one of Shakespeare's works does the quote "Nothing is so common as the wish...

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ellendriscoll1 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 13, 2012 at 7:12 AM via web

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From which one of Shakespeare's works does the quote "Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable" found?

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted February 13, 2012 at 7:34 AM (Answer #1)

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Shakespeare was know for many great quotes that have found their way into everyday English conversations and writings.  However, this particular quote is often attributed to Shakespeare even though the quote's not actually from the Bard; it instead comes from Oliver Wendell Holmes.  It can be found in his 1857 work "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table." Additionally, over the years the quote has been changed.  In Holmes' work, the quote originally read

Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.

Don't feel badly about the mistake.  The quote's been incorrectly attributed to Shakespeare in books and other writings.  In her book A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills, Kim O'Brien begins her book with the mistaken quote and mistakenly gives credit to Shakespeare.

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