Quotes About Caligula

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Mercedes Lackey
“Mister Cameron - I have read the unexpurgated Ovid, the love poems of Sappho, the Decameron in the original, and a great many texts in Greek and Latin histories that were not though fit for proper gentlemen to read, much less proper ladies. I know in precise detail what Caligula did to, and with, his sisters, and I can quote it to you in Latin or in my own translation if you wish. I am interested in historical truth, and truth in history is often unpleasant and distasteful to those of fine sensibility. I frankly doubt that you will produce anything to shock me. ”
Mercedes Lackey, The Fire Rose

Albert Camus
“Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.”
Albert Camus

Albert Camus
“Most people imagine that a man suffers because out of the blue, Death snatches away the woman he loves. But his real suffering is less futile; it comes from the discovery that grief, too, cannot last. Even grief is vanity!”
Albert Camus, Caligula

Robert Graves
“That the crowd always likes a holiday is a common saying, but when the whole year becomes one long holiday, and nobody has time for attending to his business, and pleasure becomes compulsory, then it is a different matter.”
Robert Graves, I, Claudius

Albert Camus
“Please stop trifling.”
Albert Camus

Edward Bellamy
“Caligula wished that the Roman people had but one neck that he might cut it off, and as I read this letter I am afraid that for a moment I was capable of wishing the same thing concerning the laboring class of America.”
Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward

David Wishart
“...the guy might be a cold-blooded amoral sadistic killer and a cartload of tiles short of a watertight roof, but there was nothing wrong with his intelligence. [Caligula in Marcus Corvinus's eyes]”
David Wishart, Finished Business

Seneca
“But is life really worth so much? Let us examine this; it's a different inquiry. We will offer no solace for so desolate a prison house; we will encourage no one to endure the overlordship of butchers. We shall rather show that in every kind of slavery, the road of freedom lies open. I will say to the man to whom it befell to have a king shoot arrows at his dear ones [Prexaspes], and to him whose master makes fathers banquet on their sons' guts [Harpagus]: 'What are you groaning for, fool?... Everywhere you look you find an end to your sufferings. You see that steep drop-off? It leads down to freedom. You see that ocean, that river, that well? Freedom lies at its bottom. You see that short, shriveled, bare tree? Freedom hangs from it.... You ask, what is the path to freedom? Any vein in your body.”
Seneca, Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

Suetonius
“So much for the Emperor; the rest of this history must deal with the Monster.
—IV:22”
Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars

Albert Camus
“Cesonia (Erguida ante él y con voz suplicante.): Existe lo bueno y lo malo, lo alto y lo bajo, lo justo y lo injusto. Te juro que nada de eso cambiará.

Calígula (Con el mismo tono.): Pues yo deseo cambiarlo. Quiero concederle a este siglo la igualdad. Y cuando todo esté nivelado, cuando lo imposible reine por fin en este mundo, cuando tenga la luna en mis manos, entonces tal vez yo mismo me transforme, y el mundo conmigo; entonces por fin los hombres no morirán y serán felices.”
Albert Camus, Caligula

Suetonius
“As for Gaius, he has no more chance of becoming emperor than of riding a horse dry-shod across the Gulf of Baiae.”
Suetonius

Paul Murray
“So this is the boom, eh?” I said. “Not exactly Scott Fitzgerald, is it?” “I’ll tell you what it’s like,” he said glumly. “It’s like being in Caligula’s Rome, and everyone around you’s having an orgy, and you’re the mug stuck looking after the horse.” He pulled heavily on his cigarette. “The whole thing’ll come crashing down,” he said bleakly, “and all anyone’ll have done is eaten a lot of expensive cheese.”
Paul Murray

Robert Lowell
“Animals
fattened for your for your arena suffered less
than you in dying-yours the lawlessness
of something simple that has lost its law,
my namesake, and the last Caligula.”
Robert Lowell, For the Union Dead

Robert Lowell
“What can be salvaged from your life? A pain
that gently darkens over heart and brain,
a fairy's touch, a cobweb's weight of pain,
now makes me tremble at your right to live.”
Robert Lowell, For the Union Dead

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