Quotation by William Gouge

The Fountaine of parents duties is Love....Great reason there is why this affection should be fast fixed towards their children. For great is that paine, cost, and care, which parents must undergoe for their children. But if love be in them, no paine, paines, cost or care will seeme too much.
William Gouge (20th century), U.S. Puritan. As quoted in The Rise and Fall of Childhood by C. John Sommerville, ch. 11 (rev. 1990).

Originally from Of Domestical Duties by William Gouge (1622).
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