Who Says Mark Twain Doesn’t Mind About His Age?

Are you sure Mark Twain doesn’t mind about his age?

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 quote is attributed to Mark Twain!

Mark Twain doesn't mind about his ageBut from own research, this line is never found in any of this American writer’s work or interviews.

Wrongly attributed quotations 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 simply share them without verifying their authenticity.

Many a times, people assume these established websites must be the proper sources to get their quotations on the Internet.

Mark Twain Doesn’t Mind About His Age

As I have mentioned this quote, there is no trace that this line is associated with Mark Twain.

So far, I have managed to find this quotation in a 1968 newspaper, where it says:

As one government researcher puts it: “Aging is a matter of mind. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

(Researchers Say Heredity Affects Aging, Schenectady Gazette, New York; p.38)

It is at the last paragraph of the article.

NOTE: The next time if you need to use or share a quotation in your work or in your Facebook or Twitter, make sure you get it from a verified source.

It can be from books like “The Yale Book Of Quotations“, “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations” and “The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations“.

Similarly, you can find verified quotations from sites like “Quotationize“, “Wikiquote” and “Quote Investigator”.

This is another popular quote which is wrongly attributed to Mark Twain:

It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

Check out this page of authentic Mark Twain quotes that linked to credible sources.