Dante Alighieri

(1265 - 1321 / Florence / Italy)

Dante Alighieri Quotes

  • ''This miserable state is borne by the wretched souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise.''
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 3, l. 34, The Divine Comedy (1321). referring to the souls of the Futile (See Dante on disgrace.).
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  • ''Let us not speak of them; but look, and pass on.''
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 3, l. 51, The Divine Comedy (1321). Said by Virgil, of the souls of the Futile in the vestibule to Hell.
  • ''Midway along the journey of our life [Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita] I woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path.''
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 1, l. 1-3, The Divine Comedy (c. 1307-1321), trans. by Mark Musa (1971). First lines of the Divine Comedy.
  • ''There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.''
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 5, l. 121-3, The Divine Comedy (1321). spoken by Francesca da Rimini. This thought appears in Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, bk. 2 (6th century).
  • ''O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!''
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Purgatory," cto. 3, The Divine Comedy (completed 1321).
  • ''Honor the greatest poet.''
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "The Inferno," cto. 4, The Divine Comedy.

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Best Poem of Dante Alighieri

There Is A Gentle Thought

There is a gentle thought that often springs
to life in me, because it speaks of you.
Its reasoning about love’s so sweet and true,
the heart is conquered, and accepts these things.
‘Who is this’ the mind enquires of the heart,
‘who comes here to seduce our intellect?
Is his power so great we must reject
every other intellectual art?
The heart replies ‘O, meditative mind
this is love’s messenger and newly sent
to bring me all Love’s words and desires.
His life, and all the strength that he can find,
from her sweet eyes are mercifully lent,
who feels ...

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Purgatorio (Italian)

LA DIVINA COMMEDIA
di Dante Alighieri
PURGATORIO



Purgatorio: Canto I

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