'Ah, give me madness, you heavenly powers! Madness, that I may at least believe in myself! Give deliriums and convulsions, sudden lights and darkness, terrify me with frost and fire such as no mortal has ever felt, with deafening din and prowling figures, make me howl and whine and crawl like a beast: so that I may only come to believe in myself! I am consumed by doubt, I have killed the law, the law anguishes me as a corpse does a living man: if I am not more than the law I am the vilest of men. The new spirit which is in me, whence is it if it is not from you? Prove to me that I am yours, madness alone can prove it.'
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