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98 Famous Quotes By Dante Alighieri, The Author Of Divine Comedy

Famous As: Poet

Born On: 1265

Died On: September 14, 1321

Born In: Florence, Italy

Died At Age: 56

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. 
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My course is set for an uncharted sea.

Dante Alighieri

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

Dante Alighieri

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

Dante Alighieri

There is no greater sorrow Than to recall a happy time When miserable.

Dante Alighieri

The path to paradise begins in hell.

Dante Alighieri

In that book which is my memory, On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you, Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’.

Dante Alighieri

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

Dante Alighieri

All hope abandon, ye who enter here.

Dante Alighieri

In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.

Dante Alighieri

The more a thing is perfect, the more it feels pleasure and pain.

Dante Alighieri

L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle.

Dante Alighieri

The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.

Dante Alighieri

The devil is not as black as he is painted.

Dante Alighieri

Love insists the loved loves back

Dante Alighieri

He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it.

Dante Alighieri

They yearn for what they fear for.

Dante Alighieri

Beauty awakens the soul to act.

Dante Alighieri

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

Dante Alighieri

There is no greater sorrow then to recall our times of joy in wretchedness.

Dante Alighieri

Into the eternal darkness, into fire and into ice.

Dante Alighieri

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

Dante Alighieri

And we came forth to contemplate the stars.

Dante Alighieri

The man who lies asleep will never waken fame, and his desire and all his life drift past him like a dream, and the traces of his memory fade from time like smoke in air, or ripples on a stream.

Dante Alighieri

A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.

Dante Alighieri

There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy.

Dante Alighieri

Nature is the art of God.

Dante Alighieri

Through me you go into a city of weeping; through me you go into eternal pain; through me you go amongst the lost people

Dante Alighieri

The day that man allows true love to appear, those things which are well made will fall into cofusion and will overturn everything we believe to be right and true.

Dante Alighieri

Love, that moves the sun and the other stars

Dante Alighieri

No sadness is greater than in misery to rehearse memories of joy.

Dante Alighieri

From there we came outside and saw the stars

Dante Alighieri

Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and still your eyes are on the ground

Dante Alighieri

I felt for the tormented whirlwinds Damned for their carnal sins Committed when they let their passions rule their reason.

Dante Alighieri

Lost are we, and are only so far punished, That without hope we live on in desire.

Dante Alighieri

Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost.

Dante Alighieri

As little flowers, which the chill of night has bent and huddled, when the white sun strikes, grow straight and open fully on their stems, so did I, too, with my exhausted force.

Dante Alighieri

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery

Dante Alighieri

Nessun maggior dolore che ricordarsi del tempo felice nella miseria...

Dante Alighieri

For she doth make my veins and pulses tremble.

Dante Alighieri

In His will, our peace.

Dante Alighieri

But the stars that marked our starting fall away. We must go deeper into greater pain, for it is not permitted that we stay.

Dante Alighieri

The Love that moves the sun and the other stars.

Dante Alighieri

Thus you may understand that love alone is the true seed of every merit in you, and of all acts for which you must atone.

Dante Alighieri

Hope not ever to see Heaven. I have come to lead you to the other shore; into eternal darkness; into fire and into ice.

Dante Alighieri

Because your question searches for deep meaning, I shall explain in simple words

Dante Alighieri

He is, most of all, l'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle.

Dante Alighieri

Now you know how much my love for you burns deep in me when I forget about our emptiness, and deal with shadows as with solid things.

Dante Alighieri

I wept not, so to stone within I grew.

Dante Alighieri

It was the hour of morning, when the sun mounts with those stars that shone with it when God's own love first set in motion those fair things

Dante Alighieri

One ought to be afraid of nothing other then things possessed of power to do us harm, but things innoucuous need not be feared.

Dante Alighieri

But already my desire and my will were being turned like a wheel, all at one speed, by the Love which moves the sun and the other stars

Dante Alighieri

There is a gentle thought that often springs to life in me, because it speaks of you.

Dante Alighieri

Segui il tuo corso et lascia dir les genti (Follow your road and let the people say)

Dante Alighieri

Thence we came forth to rebehold the stars.

Dante Alighieri

I did not die, and yet I lost life’s breath

Dante Alighieri

At grief so deep the tongue must wag in vain; the language of our sense and memory lacks the vocabulary of such pain.

Dante Alighieri

As phantoms frighten beasts when shadows fall.

Dante Alighieri

I, answering in the end, began: 'Alas, how many yearning thoughts, what great desire, have lead them through such sorrow to their fate?

Dante Alighieri

So that the Universe felt love, by which, as somebelieve, the world has many times been turned to chaos. And at that moment this ancient rock, here and elsewhere, fell broken into pieces.

Dante Alighieri

The experience of this sweet life.

Dante Alighieri

Here pity only lives when it is dead - Virgil

Dante Alighieri

I found myself within a forest dark,

Dante Alighieri

Love, which absolves no one beloved from loving, seized me so strongly with his charm that, as you see, it has not left me yet. Love brought us to one death.

Dante Alighieri

There, pride, avarice, and envy are the tongues men know and heed, a Babel of depsair

Dante Alighieri

All things created have an order in themselves, and this begets the form that lets the universe resemble God.

Dante Alighieri

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

Dante Alighieri

As the geometer intently seeks to square the circle, but he cannot reach, through thought on thought, the principle he needs, so I searched that strange sight.

Dante Alighieri

Open your mind to what I shall disclose, and hold it fast within you; he who hears, but does not hold what he has heard, learns nothing.

Dante Alighieri

Thy soul is by vile fear assailed, which oft so overcasts a man, that he recoils from noblest resolution, like a beast at some false semblance in the twilight gloom.

Dante Alighieri

Justice does not descend from its own pinnacle.

Dante Alighieri

The poets leave hell and again behold the stars.

Dante Alighieri

If you follow your natural bent;you will definitely go to heaven

Dante Alighieri

My will and my desire were both revolved, as is a wheel in even motion driven, by Love, which moves the sun and other stars.

Dante Alighieri

This mountain is so formed that it is always wearisome when one begins the ascent, but becomes easier the higher one climbs.

Dante Alighieri

We were men once, though we've become trees

Dante Alighieri

Fate's arrow, when expected, travels slow.

Dante Alighieri

Oh blind, oh ignorant, self-seeking cupidity whcih spurs as so in the short mortal life and steeps as through all eternity.

Dante Alighieri

If the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.

Dante Alighieri

The well heeded well heard.

Dante Alighieri

Love, that exempts no one beloved from loving, seized me with pleasure of this man so strongly, that, as thou seest, it doth not yet desert me.

Dante Alighieri

A rapid bolt will rend the clouds apart, and every single White be seared by wounds. I tell you this. I want it all to hurt.

Dante Alighieri

Faith is the substance of the things we hope for, And evidence of those that are not seen...

Dante Alighieri

Midway along the journey of our life I woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path.

Dante Alighieri

Soon you will be where your own eyes will see the source and cause and give you their own answer to the mystery.

Dante Alighieri

And as he, who with laboring breath has escaped from the deep to the shore, turns to the perilous waters and gazes.

Dante Alighieri

Through me the way into the suffering city, Through me the way into eternal pain, Through me the way that runs among the lost.

Dante Alighieri

That which had pleased me once, troubled by spirit.

Dante Alighieri

That with him were, what time the Love Divine

Dante Alighieri

The weapons of divine justice are blunted by the confession and sorrow of the offender.

Dante Alighieri

Before me things created were none, save things Eternal, and eternal I endure. All hope abandon, ye who enter here.

Dante Alighieri

And I was told about this torture, that it was the Hell of carnal sins when reasons give way to desire.

Dante Alighieri

Be as a tower, that, firmly set, Shakes not its top for any blast that blows!

Dante Alighieri

Now our minds are like smoke, then they shall be like fire.

Dante Alighieri

Until he shall have driven her back to Hell,

Dante Alighieri

This mountain’s of such sort that climbing it is hardest at the start; but as we rise, the slope grows less unkind.

Dante Alighieri

If you, free as you are of every weight had stayed below, then that would be as strange as living flame on earth remaining still." And then she turned her gaze up toward the heavens.

Dante Alighieri