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Dante Quotes

12 of the best book quotes from Dante
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“Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost. Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say What was this forest savage, rough, and stern, Which in the very thought renews the fear. So bitter is it, death is little more; But of the good to treat, which there I found, Speak will I of the other things I saw there.”
Dante Alighieri
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Inferno
book
Dante
character
journeys
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“I made response to him with bashful forehead. ‘Oh, of the other poets honor and light, Avail me the long study and great love That have impelled me to explore thy volume! Thou art my master, and my author thou, Thou art alone the one from whom I took The beautiful style that has done honor to me.‘”
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Dante
Virgil
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“They turned to me with signs of salutation, And on beholding this, my Master smiled; And more of honor still, much more, they did me, In that they made me one of their own band; So that the sixth was I, ‘mid so much wit.”
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Dante
Virgil
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“Then sorrowed I, and sorrow now again, When I direct my mind to what I saw, And more my genius curb than I am wont, That it may run not unless virtue guide it…”
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“My Leader on a sudden seized me up, Even as a mother who by noise is wakened, And close beside her sees the enkindled flames, Who takes her son, and flies, and does not stop, Having more care of him than of herself…”
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“Then I uprose, showing myself provided Better with breath than I did feel myself, And said: ‘Go on, for I am strong and bold.‘”
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“How frozen I became and powerless then, Ask it not, reader, for I write it not, Because all language would be insufficient. I did not die, and I alive remained not. Think for thyself now, hast though ought of wit, What I became, being of both deprived.”
Dante
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devil
concept
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“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 ABANDON EVERY HOPE, WHO ENTER HERE. These words – their aspect was obscure – I read inscribed above a gateway”
God
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Dante
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love
hell
concepts
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″‘Art thou, too, of the other fools? Here pity lives when it is wholly dead; Who is a greater reprobate than he Who feels compassion at the doom divine?‘”
Dante
Virgil
characters
sin
pity
punishment
concepts
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“…when I faced that restless beast, which, even as she stalked me, step by step had thrust me back to where the sun is speechless.”
Dante
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fear
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“IN the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray.”
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“I, if on this voyage then I venture, fear it will in folly end.”

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