William W. Purkey

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.

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  1. shinichi Post author

    wwWilliam Watson Purkey, Ed.D. began his educational career as a public school teacher, rising to a fully tenured position at the University of Florida, and finally as Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. His passion for teaching and leadership has earned him various awards of excellence in his field. He is also the co-founder of The International Alliance for Invitational Education. A noted writer, researcher, speaker, and leader, Purkey has authored nearly 100 articles and more than a dozen books.


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  2. shinichi Post author

    Come from the Heart

    by Richard Leigh and Susanna Clark

    (1987)

    The song includes the lyrics:

    You’ve got to sing like you don’t need the money,
    Love like you’ll never get hurt.
    You’ve got to dance like nobody’s watchin’.

    which The Yale Book of Quotations attributes as the source for similar aphorisms sometimes attributed to others (e.g. Annie’s Mailbox attributes a version of the lyric to a combination of William Watson Purkey and Satchel Paige).

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