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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:30 am 
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When I search for this quote I get Samuel Smiles, but I assume that he didn't create this quote but cite it in the following:

"Where there is a will there is a way," is an old and true saying. He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement. To think we are able, is almost to be so - to determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself.

Who created the original quote?


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From Quoteland:

Its an old saying and here are some of the earliest citations from various proverb dictionaries-

"To him that wills, ways are not wanting."
~George Herbert, in Outlandish Proverbs (#726) [1640]

The same has also appeared in the foll works.
Robert Codrington: A Collection of Many Select and Excellent Proverbs out of Severall Languages (p. 221) [1664]
John Ray: A Collection of English Proverbs (p. 29) [1670]

The common version we know-
"Where there's a will, there's a way -- I said so myself, as I walked down Chancery lane..."
~William Hazlitt, in The Fight (New Monthy Magazine, Feb.) [1822]

Sources:
Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs (Ed. F. P. Wilson, 3rd edition)
A dictionary of the proverbs in England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Ed. M. P. Tilley)


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