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Dante

Dante Aliggeri, 1265-1321 ,  Italian poet
DanteDurante degli Alighieri, better known as Dante, was an Italian Florentine poet. His greatest work, The Divine Comedy (Divina Commedia), is considered as one of the greatest literary statements produced in Europe in the medieval period, and is the basis of the modern Italian language.

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Quotations

Homer, the sovereign poet.


My course is set for an uncharted sea.


To be rude to him was courtesy.


Against a better will the will fights ill.


He listens well who takes notes.


As the thing more perfect is, the more it feels of pleasure and of pain.


Heaven, to keep its beauty,
cast them out, but even Hell itself would not receive them
for fear the wicked there might glory over them.


Abandon all hope, you who enter here.

Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate.


We are those who painted the world red with our sin.


Do not be afraid; our fate cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.


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


Love insists the loved loves back.


The devil is not as black as he is painted.


Consider your origin. You were not formed to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.


Nature is the art of God.


I have come to lead you to the other shore; into eternal darkness; into fire and into ice.


In each fire there is a spirit; Each one is wrapped in what is burning him.


Quotes in Verse

There is no greater sorrow
Than to be mindful of the happy time
In misery.


Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straight-forward pathway had been lost.


O human race, born to fly upward,
wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?












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