It is folly, it is madness, to fill our wardrobes full of clothes and to regard with indifference a human being,
a being made in the image and likeness of God, who is naked, trembling with cold and almost unable to stand.
—  St. John Chrysostom, On the First Letter to the Corinthians
Is there no way for two friendly souls to converse together, although the bodies are four hundred miles off. Yes, by letter. But I want a better communication. I want to hear you think, or to see your thoughts. The conclusion of your letter makes my heart throb more than a cannonade would. You bid me burn your letters. But I must forget you first.
—  A letter from John Adams to Abigail