Quotation by Mary Wortley Montagu, Lady

I wish you would moderate that fondness you have for your children. I do not mean you should abate any part of your care, or not do your duty to them in its utmost extent, but I would have you early prepare yourself for disappointments, which are heavy in proportion to their being surprising.
Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689–1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, February 19, 1750, to her daughter Lady Bute. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
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