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Directory of Mark Twain's maxims, quotations, and various opinions:

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FUNERALS

When a blood relative sobs, an intimate friend should choke up, a distant acquaintance should sigh, a stranger should merely fumble sympathetically with his handkerchief.
- Letters from the Earth

In order to know a community, one must observe the style of its funerals and know what manner of men they bury with most ceremony.
- Roughing It

funeral scene
Illustration by True Williams from "Lionising Murderers,"
first edition of SKETCHES NEW AND OLD, 1875

 

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