Mark Twain Doesn’t Mind His Age, But Misquotes Do Matter To Him
I am referring to the popularly shared quotation, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
Just google this quote, and the very first search results shows you this wrongly attributed quote in Brainy Quotes.
Wrongly credited quotes is an age-old problem. It has been going on for years now.
And with the advent of the Internet, this misquotation issue has exacerbated.
People just share them without verifying their authenticity. The crux of the problem is by back-linking to those unreliable websites.
That’s is how these sites with unverified quotations got ranked high up in the search results.
As a result, people assume these sites must be proper sources to get their quotations on the Internet.
According to Quote Investigator, the quote: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” has no substantive evidence that Mark Twain coined this witty line. [source]
It is said to be from an anonymous scientific researcher. It was published in multiple newspapers back in 1968.
NOTE: The next time if you need to use or share a quotation in your work or at your Facebook or Twitter, make sure you get it from a verified source.
Similarly, you can find verified quotations from sites like “Quotationize“, “Wikiquote”, and “Quote Investigator”.
This is another popular quote which is wrongly credited to Mark Twain: