You are perfectly right; I am brutal, very indeed. I am very sorry I use harsh language to my boys, but they also know I love them more than anybody else on earth. I may have had Divine help — true; but oh, the pound of blood every bit of Divine help has been to me!! The present looks very gloomy indeed; but I am a fighter and must die fighting, not give way — that is why I get crazy at the boys. I don't ask them to fight, but not to hinder my fight.
- Swami Vivekananda
12th Dec., 1899. The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 6/Epistles - Second Series/CL Mrs. Bull