chapter  Chapter 11
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Ancient and Modern Adages Concerning the Child Within the Family

WithJean-Louis Flandrin

Proverbs and other adages have rarely attracted the interest of historians, being often ambiguous, sometimes contradictory and always difficult to date. Despite these drawbacks, they do however represent an invaluable source for studying the history of human attitudes, since they provide almost our only evidence of the oral traditions of the vast majority of people in the past.