Where can you find this quote if you love something set it free and if it comes back its yours to keep?

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wondering what the full quote is and who quoted it and when

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The original source of the quote (and its variations) is unclear.  Though it is sometimes deemed a "Proverb," it is attributed to some by name but usually as "anonymous."  Sometimes different wordings are attributed to the same author (e.g. Richard Bach); other times the very *same* wordings are attributed to different sources.  So ubiquitous is the quote (and its variations) that its true origins may never be known.

Following are various wordings and attributions:

“If you love something set it free; if it returns it's yours forever, if not it was never meant to be.”

- Proverb


“If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it's yours. If it doesn't, it never was.” ~Chinese Proverb


"If you love something, set it free; if it comes backs it's yours, if it doesn't, it never was." ~Richard Bach


"If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they're yours; if they don't they never were."

Richard Bach  http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/r/richar...

“If you love something let it go free. If it doesn't come back, you never had it. If it comes back, love it forever.”   Doug Horton
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Ok, before you do something WAY stupid, let me explain how exactly you have to do this for it to work: You have to feel deeply desperately in love with someone, or else this is just something that doesn't work right, and you have to mean every word of it. This person finds someone or something that enchants them and makes them want to leave you so that they may have it (going to a foreign school; dating another person, etc).

You tell this person that you love them, and if it makes them happy to do that, then they should do it. You're happy if they are happy. And if later down the road they should come back to you, you will welcome them back with open arms. This means that they love you just as deeply as they love you! Hint: This only works when you are REALLY in love and REALLY mean every single word. And if the same person takes advantage of this more than once, it is not meant to be. They are just using you.
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It's a quote by Richard Bach, an American novelist. I'm not sure if the quote is from a novel or what. Bach is probably best remembered for his book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull".
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If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it was, and always will be yours. If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with."

— Sherrilyn Kenyon (Unleash the Night)

But it says the author was born in December 11, 1965 and I was born in 1961 and my mom told me that when I was a kid. I believe it is a lot older than me.