A short essay reflecting on friendship, love and commitment has been posted on Facebook and attributed to the actor Sir Anthony Hopkins.
The words were in all likelihood not penned by Sir Anthony.
Similar quotes have been attributed to Brianna Wiest, an author who wrote an essay titled “Next Year, Let Go Of The People Who Aren’t Ready To Love You” in 2018.
Many of the sentences in the Facebook post are slightly different to those in that essay—for example, “stop showing up for people who have no interest in your presence” instead of “stop showing up for people who are indifferent about your presence”—but the overall structure is very similar.
As reported by Snopes, extracts from this essay, verbatim or paraphrased, started to be attributed to Sir Anthony in 2020.
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