MATT SEYBOLD'S "THE APOCRYPHAL TWAIN"

There is perhaps no greater testament to Twain’s lasting reputation than the habitual misattribution of miscellaneous wit and wisdom to his name. The circulation of such apocryphal aphorisms was common enough in the 20th century. It has only increased with the popularization of digital media. The most common question addressed to the Center for Mark Twain Studies is some variety of “Did he really say that?” Whenever possible, we track down the original source, as well as attempt to trace how their words came to be imagined in Twain’s mouth.




“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”


Click here to read Matt Seybold's history of this frequently misattributed quotation.

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