The plague, the famine, the earthquake, the tempest were too spasmodic in their action; the tiger and crocodile were too easily satiated and not cruel enough: something more constantly, more ruthlessly, more ingeniously destructive was needed; and that something was Man, the inventor of the rack, the stake, the gallows, and the electrocutor; of the sword and gun; above all, of justice, duty, patriotism and all the other isms by which even those who are clever enough to be humanely…
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—I wonder if your eyes and ears ever make anything save spasmodic contact with your brain.
Harper Lee -- Go Set a Watchman
She sits and her cane flexes against the gravel and the boy clicks his buttons in spasmodic flurries.