Who originally said this quote "Dance like no one is watching...."?


I was wondering if anybody know who originally said/wrote the quote:

"Dance like no one is watching,

love like you'll never be hurt,

sing like no one is listening,

and live like it's heaven on earth."

I have tried already to research this and I got a few different answers like some web pages said that it was William Purkney, another one said that it was Mark Twain and another one said that it was just an old Irish proverb. Does anyone know who said or wrote it originally??

2 Answers

  • DN
    Lv 6
    9 years ago
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    My friend contacted Mr. Purkey asking him (here is the beginning of my message to him):

    Are you the author of a quote that goes something like:

    "Dance like no one is watching,

    Work like you don't need the money..."

    and this is his reply:

    Dear John,

    Thanks for your note regarding the quote. It is

    obvious that the theme has worked its way through many minds.

    I certainly want to give credit to those who have tinkered with this beautiful concept.

    My version follows. I am sure that most of the words are mine.

    "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."

    (And speak from the heart to be heard.)

    Hope this helps.

    Best wishes,

    William W. Purkey

    Wed 6/13/01 8:31 AM

  • 9 years ago

    I don't know, but I think it's pretty gay since I hear a lot of people using it.

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