I describe family values as responsibility towards others, increase of tolerance, compromise, support, flexibility. And essentially the things I call the silent song of lifethe continuous process of mutual accommodation without which life is impossible.
(Salvador Minuchin (20th century), U.S. family therapist. As quoted in "On Family Therapy: A Visit with Salvador Minuchin," Psychology Today (March-April 1993).)
The poet sings how the blood flows in his veins. He performs his functions, and is so well that he needs such stimulus to sing only as plants put forth leaves and blossoms.... His song is a vital function like breathing, and an integral result like weight.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 94, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)