To worry about spoiling an infant by comforting him when he cries is needless.... If you put the baby down and the baby cries, pick him up. His crying isn't a habit you should try to break. Your baby can't be taught not to cry.
(Lawrence Balter (20th century), U.S. psychologist and author. Who's In Control? Ch. 2 (1989).)
The loosening, for some people, of rigid role definitions for men and women has shown that dads can be great at calming babiesif they take the time and make the effort to learn how. It's that time and effort that not only teaches the dad how to calm the babies, but also turns him into a parent, just as the time and effort the mother puts into the babies turns her into a parent.
(Pamela Patrick Novotny (20th century), U.S. journalist and author. The Joy of Twins, ch. 6 (1988 rev. 1994).)
A soiled baby, with a neglected nose, cannot be conscientiously regarded as a thing of beauty.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales, ed. Charles Neider (1961). Answers to Correspondents (1865).
Twain was replying to a young mother.)
If the feminist program goes to pieces on the arrival of the first baby, it's false and useless.
(Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978).
Written in 1920, the same year that the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution took effect, enfranchising women after a 72-year struggle for suffrage.)