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

Famous As: Italian Writer and Philosopher Best Known for His Poem ‘Divine Comedy’
Born On: 1265 AD
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. 
My course is set for an uncharted sea.

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.

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.

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.

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

Dante Alighieri
The path to paradise begins in hell.

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’.

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

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

Dante Alighieri
All hope abandon, ye who enter here.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Dante Alighieri
The devil is not as black as he is painted.

The devil is not as black as he is painted.

Dante Alighieri
Love insists the loved loves back

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.

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

Dante Alighieri
Beauty awakens the soul to act.

Beauty awakens the soul to act.

Dante Alighieri
They yearn for what they fear for.

They yearn for what they fear for.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

And we came forth to contemplate the stars.

Dante Alighieri
A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.

A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.

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.

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

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

Dante Alighieri
Nature is the art of God.

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

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.

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

Love, that moves the sun and the other stars

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

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

Dante Alighieri
From there we came outside and saw the stars

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Dante Alighieri
For she doth make my veins and pulses tremble.

For she doth make my veins and pulses tremble.

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.

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

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

Dante Alighieri
In His will, our peace.

In His will, our peace.

Dante Alighieri
The Love that moves the sun and the other stars.

The Love that moves the sun and the other stars.

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.

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
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.

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

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

Dante Alighieri
I wept not, so to stone within I grew.

I wept not, so to stone within I grew.

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

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

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.

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
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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Dante Alighieri
Thence we came forth to rebehold the stars.

Thence we came forth to rebehold the stars.

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.

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

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

Dante Alighieri
As phantoms frighten beasts when shadows fall.

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?

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.

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.

The experience of this sweet life.

Dante Alighieri
I found myself within a forest dark,

I found myself within a forest dark,

Dante Alighieri
Here pity only lives when it is dead - Virgil

Here pity only lives when it is dead - Virgil

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

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

Dante Alighieri
The poets leave hell and again behold the stars.

The poets leave hell and again behold the stars.

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.

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
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.

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.

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

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

Dante Alighieri
We were men once, though we've become trees

We were men once, though we've become trees

Dante Alighieri
Fate's arrow, when expected, travels slow.

Fate's arrow, when expected, travels slow.

Dante Alighieri
Justice does not descend from its own pinnacle.

Justice does not descend from its own pinnacle.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Dante Alighieri
The well heeded well heard.

The well heeded well heard.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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...

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.

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

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.

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.

That which had pleased me once, troubled by spirit.

Dante Alighieri
That with him were, what time the Love Divine

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

Dante Alighieri
Until he shall have driven her back to Hell,

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.

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.

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