Heretics, by Gilbert K. Chesterton; On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family Page 1

The [one] who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world. [They] know much more of the fierce varieties and uncompromising divergences of [others]. The reason is obvious. In a large community we can choose our companions. In a small community our companions are chosen for us.

[Via Heretics, by Gilbert K. Chesterton; On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family]