Dante Alighieri Quotes
Italian national epic poet (1265 - 1321)
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In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.
There is no greater sorrow
Than to be mindful of the happy time
A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence.
Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.
If the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
O human race born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou fall.
Avarice, envy, pride,
Three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all
Through me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye.
Justice the founder of my fabric moved:
To rear me was the task of power divine,
Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.
Before me things create were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I shall endure.
All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
For he who sees a need but waits to be asked is already set on cruel refusal.
For there is no greater pain, than to remember in present grief, past happinesses.