Expectation Is The Root Of All Heartache
The origin of this quote, in this form at least, is unknown – but it is not Shakespeare. No one has been able to ﬁnd a reference in Shakespeare’s works to these words, though it is a matter of opinion whether you might ﬁnd something similar that Shakespeare said, that has evolved into the above.
Actually this quote closely resembles the Second Noble Truth of Buddhism, which is often expressed as “Desire is the root of all suffering.” What is expectation but desiring a certain outcome?
If you’d like to pursue that thread some more, you wouldn’t be the first person to consider a Shakespeare/Buddhism connection.