Dante Alighieri quote

"To get back up to the shining world from there My guide and I went into that hidden tunnel, And Following its path, we took no care To rest, but climbed: he first, then I-so far, through a round aperture I saw appear Some of the beautiful things that Heaven bears, Where we came forth, and once more saw the stars."

Dante Alighieri

Born: 1265

Die: September 14, 1321

Occupation: Poet

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The well heeded well heard.

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Here pity only lives when it is dead - Virgil

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He who shall never be divided from me kissed my mouth all trembling.

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Everywhere is here and every when is now.

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Abandon every hope, you who enter.

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If you're asking for a date, forget it. 'Cause I make it a point not to go out with women who shoot me in the head!

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You can stay and die or you can walk your ugly ass back through that gate. It's your call, pal.

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Love hath so long possessed me for his own And made his lordship so familiar.

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Behold a God more powerful than I who comes to rule over me.

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L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle (The love that moves the sun and the other stars)

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

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The devil is not as black as he is painted.

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

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Three things remain with us from paradise: stars, flowers and children.

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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.

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The mouse had fallen in with evil cats.

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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’.

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Fate's arrow, when expected, travels slow.

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

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Into the eternal darkness, into fire and into ice.

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Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. [Omnes relinquite spes, o vos intrantes]

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In His will, our peace.

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

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And we came forth to contemplate the stars.

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Consider that this day ne'er dawns again.

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The experience of this sweet life.

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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. Beatrice - Canto V 40-42

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

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Apparuit iam beatitudo vestra,

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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.

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The heavens call to you, and circle about you, displaying to you their eternal splendors, and your eye gazes only to earth.

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As phantoms frighten beasts when shadows fall.

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

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