I am referring to this quote: “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
This line is NOT by the author and humorist who wrote the classic American novels ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ and ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’, Mark Twain.
People Die Laughing At You For Misquoting Mark Twain
Don’t let folks laugh at your ignorance for sharing misquotations.
This quote, “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint” is actually by Markus Herz, a German Jewish physician.
It is mentioned in the book Zur Diätetik der Seele (1841), p. 95, by Ernst von Feuchtersleben.
In fact this is not the only one quote which is wrongly credited to Mark Twain. There are many popularly shared quotations all over the Internet and even TV and printed media.
Here is an incomplete list of popular quotes WRONGLY attributed to Mark Twain:
“Kindness is a Language which the Deaf Can Hear and the Blind Can See.”
“Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.”
“The minority is always in the right. The majority is always in the wrong.”
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”
“Golf is a good walk spoiled.”
“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.”
“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
“Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over.”
“Politicians are like diapers: they should be changed often, and for the same reason.”
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
Anyway, here is a good collection of fully verified Mark Twain quotes.