Christine de Pizan (c. 1364-1430)
“It is truly wicked of people to try to turn something which is as good and praiseworthy in a woman – her tenderness – into something bad and blameworthy. Women love children because they’re not acting out of ignorance but rather a natural instinct to be gentle. And if being gentle therefore means they are childlike, so much the better for them.”
- From The Book of the City of Ladies (Part I, chapter 10) by Christine de Pizan, translated by Rosalind Brown-Grant (Penguin Classics, 1999).