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Is the attribution of this quote to William Shakespeare correct?

I always feel happy. You know why? Because I don’t expect anything from anyone. Expectations always hurt… Life is short… So love your life… Be happy… And keep smiling… Just live for yourself and…
Before you speak? Listen..
Before you write? Think..
Before you spend? Earn..

This quote is widely used as a status line in social networks.
Examples: top quotes collection, tumblr, blog entry.
I failed to find the source of this quote in the works of Shakespeare. Can someone prove or disprove this attribution?

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Doesn't sound like The Bard. But who knows, it could be a reworded sonnet. – jwenting Feb 8 '12 at 11:52
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my brain is playing tricks to me, for a moment I read william shatner instead of william shakespeare – santiagozky Feb 8 '12 at 17:40
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This sounds like one of those chain emails. You know the ones made of a mishmash of unattributed cut and pasted quotes written in a really big pink and red fonts with a couple of silly pictures of dogs. – Kevin Laity Feb 8 '12 at 18:17
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@jwenting, agree. It really doesn't sound like Shakespeare. – default locale Feb 9 '12 at 5:45
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Perhaps this comes from someone making more of what Shakespeare did say and then people attributing it directly to Shakespeare over time. Here is what Shakespeare did say about expectations: “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” – user25152 Feb 24 '15 at 5:04
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I can see that part of the text in the post is taken from another set of quotes by William Arthur Ward

Before You By William Arthur Ward

Before you speak, listen.

Before you write, think.

Before you spend, earn.

Before you invest, investigate.

Before you criticize, wait.

Before you pray, forgive.

Before you quit, try.

Before you retire, save.

Before you die, give.

I've also run keyword searches on two Shakespeare search engines http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/it/~matty/Shakespeare/nsearch.cgi and http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/search/search-advanced.php and cannot find phrases such as "Expectations always hurt" and "Keep smiling" at all.

So I'm going to say the passage you've posted is NOT by Shakespeare - at least, not all of it.

On a sidenote - one phrase which did exist is "Life is short"

Henry IV, Part I [V, 2]

I cannot read them now. O gentlemen, the time of life is short!

Shakespeare, however, did say something similar to "Expectations always hurt" in All's Well That Ends Well.

Oft expectation fails and most oft there

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Nice answer. Thanks. – default locale Feb 9 '12 at 6:33
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brilliant work deciphering its authenticity and origin :) – user17033 Jan 8 '14 at 12:52

Of course it is not the Bard's saying. This is the writer behind the misquote:

Before You by William Arthur Ward (1921 – March 30, 1994)

Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.

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This answer is a duplicate of the already ticked in answer in 2012. What is worse, it has no references. – George Chalhoub Feb 24 at 12:04
    
Welcome to Skeptics! Please provide some references to support your claims. – Oddthinking Feb 24 at 12:16

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