Quote by Will Durant
Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.
This quote suggests that tired mothers, who are presumably exhausted and lacking the energy to engage in lengthy discussions or reasoning with their children, resort to spanking as a more efficient method of discipline. They believe that physical punishment is quicker in its effect, leaving a lasting impression on the child's memory.
What are the convulsions of a city in comparison with the insurrections of the soul? Man is a depth still greater than the people. Jean Valjean at that very moment was the prey of a terrible upheaval. Every sort of gulf had opened again within him. He also was trembling, like Paris, on the brink of an obscure and formidable revolution. A few hours had sufficed to bring this about. His destiny and his conscience had suddenly been covered with gloom. Of him also, as well as of Paris, it might have been said: Two principles are face to face. The white angel and the black angel are about to seize each other on the bridge of the abyss. Which of the two will hurl the other over? Who will carry the day?