CALIGULA I’m not mad; in fact, I’ve never felt so lucid. I suddenly felt a desire for the impossible. That’s all. (Pauses). Things as they are in my opinion are far from satisfactory…That’s why I want the moon, or happiness, or eternal life-something, in fact that may sound crazy, but which isn’t of this world…. I’m exploiting the impossible.
Or, more accurately, its a question of making the impossible possible…. And what’s the use to me of a firm hand, what use is the amazing power that is mine, if I can’t have the sun set in the east, if I can’t reduce the sum of suffering and make an end to death?
CAESONIA (HIS OLD MISTRESS) But that’s madness, sheer madness. Its wanting to be God on earth.
CALIGULA I want to drown the sky in the sea, to infuse ugliness with beauty, to wring a laugh from pain.
-Albert Camus (1965) Caligula.