Quotation by Mark Twain

Where a blood relation sobs, an intimate friend should choke up, a distant acquaintance should sigh, a stranger should merely fumble sympathetically with his handkerchief.
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. "From an Unfinished Burlesque of Books on Etiquette," pt. 1, "At the Funeral," Letters from the Earth, ed. Bernard DeVoto (1962).

Twain added: "Where the occasion is military, the emotions should be graded according to military rank, the highest officer present taking precedence in emotional violence, and the rest modifying their feelings according to their position in the service."
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