Dante Alghieri (1265-1321)

“Remember tonight.. for it is the beginning of always.”

“Beauty awakens the soul to act.”

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.”

“From a little spark may burst a flame.”

“The secret of getting things done is to act.”

“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”

“Follow your own star!”

“There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.”

“In the middle of the road of my life I awoke in the dark wood where the true way was wholly lost.”

“Nature is the art of God.”

“I love to doubt as well as know.”

“If the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.”

“No one thinks of how much blood it costs.”

“Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and still your eyes are on the ground.”

“In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.”

“Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild.”

“I wept not, so to stone within I grew.”

“Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.”

“Consider your origins: you were not made that you might live as brutes, but so as to follow virtue and knowledge.”

“Love that moves the sun and the other stars.”

“We climbed up until I finally saw through a round opening the beauteous things which Heaven holds. And there we came out to see, once more, the stars.”

“You shall find out how salt is the taste of another man’s bread, and how hard is the way up and down another man’s stairs.”

“Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from The Eternal.”

“He listens well who takes notes.”

“Will cannot be quenched against its will.”

“In His will is our peace.”

“The sad souls of those who lived without blame and without praise.”

“For where the instrument of intelligence is added to brute power and evil will, mankind is powerless in its own defense.”

“These have not the hope to die.”

“We must overact our part in some measure, in order to produce any effect at all.”

“A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark.”

“The more perfect a thing is, the more susceptible to good and bad treatment it is.”

“Pride, envy, avarice – these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men”

“Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction.”

“O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!”

“Of my sowing such straw I reap. O human folk, why set the heart there where exclusion of partnership is necessary?”

“Through me the way into the suffering city,
Through me the way to the eternal pain,
Through me the way that runs among the lost.
Justice urged on my high artificer;
My maker was divine authority,
The highest wisdom, and the primal love.
Before me nothing but eternal things were made,
And I endure eternally.
Abandon every hope, ye who enter here.”

“Predestination! how remote and dim Thy root lies hidden from the intellect Which only glimpses the First Cause Supreme! And you, ye mortals, keep your judgment checked, Since we, who see God, have not therefore skill To know yet all the number of the elect.”

“It is no learning to understand what you do not retain.”

“The arrow seen before, cometh less rudely.”

“A great flame follows a little spark.”

“This miserable state is borne by the wretched souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise.”

“Yes, and he’s cut in two because he has brought division to society.”

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