Duarante degli Alighieri, popularly known as Dante, was an Italian poet who was active during the late 13th century and early 14th century. Dante is regarded as perhaps the greatest poet to have existed in Italy and his works are still widely read in Italy. He is credited with penning the ‘Divine Comedy’ which is regarded as perhaps the most important literary work in Italian that has ever been composed. As a matter of fact; ‘Divine Comedy’ has been translated into numerous languages and is counted among the gems of world literature. Dante is possibly the biggest figure in the history of the Italian language since it was he who first gave shape to the language through his work at a time when Latin was the dominant language in Europe. Great Italian writers like Boccaccio and Petrarch were hugely inspired by his work and his influence is clearly visible in the literary works that they produced in their lifetimes. Dante had also been the most visible member of the Dolce Stil Novo literary movement in 13th century Italy which revelled in literature themed on love. Here are some of the select quotes from one of the finest minds from the later middle ages who shaped the future of a language.