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Childlessness is the condition of having no children.
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- The Perpetuity by Generation is common to Beasts; But Memory, Merit, and Noble workes, are proper to Men: And surely a Man shall see the Noblest workes and Foundations have proceeded from Childlesse Men, which have sought to expresse the Images of their Minds, where those of their Bodies have failed; So the care of Posterity is most in them that have no Posterity.
- Francis Bacon, “Of Parents and Children,” Essayes, §7 lines 8-15