Yes, the quote: “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing, it was here first.” is NOT by Mark Twain or his real name, Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
From my research, I heard it is from humorist Robert Burdette.
Don’t go Around Saying That Quote Is By Mark Twain Anymore
This is one of the many quotations wrongly attributed to Mark Twain that has appeared in books, magazines, newspapers and quotation websites.
It’s time to stop sharing or using this rampant misquotation.
Take Note: Don’t just copy blindly any quote from those established quotation website which you come across when you search them on Google.
Most, if not all these sites, they do NOT provide the sources of their published quotes.
They do not verify the authenticity of the quotations. They just copied from some sources and then republished them on their websites.
Anyway, the quote with the correct attribution is below:
Don’t believe the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing; it was here first – Robert Burdette.
(This quote is found in: Advice to Young Men, Dunkirk Evening Observer, New York, February 1, 1883; p.3)
You can see the image below as taken from the 1Dunkirk Evening Observer archive.
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