It is in the love of one's family only that heartfelt happiness is known.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, October 26, 1801, to his daughter, Mary Jefferson Eppes. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 211, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)
In the country, without any interference from the law, the agricultural life favors the permanence of families.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Speech given September 12, 1835 on the occasion of the second centennial anniversary of the town of Concord. "Historical Discourse at Concord," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).)