I don't know if there are any Buddha quotes or sutras about touch, but Buddha Todd here thinks touch is at least a first cousin to meditation.
Some Christian denominations believe in the power of the "laying of hands" to help heal, or, more religiously, help deliver the power of God.
I don't know about the channeling God part but I think they are on to something.
And I think it can be the human touch or animal touch.
We've all heard or read about the studies about people with dogs having lower blood pressure and less stress. Why is that? Besides a loyal companion, most dogs loved to be touched--petted--and we love to pet our dogs.
It is comforting, relaxing, serene. Sometimes, it seems like human and dog become one.
And obviously, human touch is important. Who doesn't love to stroke their wife's face--or have your face stoked? Who doesn't love a firm hug from a friend or relative? Who doesn't love the peace of cuddling with your loved one while watching TV? Even in sports, the pat on the butt or the back or the sweaty hugs at the end of the game or match convey if not love, appreciation and affirmation.
Heck, even Buddha Bruce Springsteen sings about the power of the "Human Touch." Are you going to doubt The Boss? Not me.
Behold the power of touch!
May we all be free of suffering. May we all be touched in ways that soothe and enrich us.