Even in times when despair overcomes reason and when we forget that life should be a work to perfecting ourselves, I have always told myself: – There is something that I would regret not having known, and is a mother’s milk, a father’s affection and the commonality of soul and heart with brothers. These are the joys and also the sufferings of family! Family, clearly, is another ourselves, existing before us and surviving afterwards with what is best in us: it is the image of the saint and lovely unity of human beings, revealed in a small group of individuals connected with each other and made visible by sentiment!

Alphonse de Lamartine