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The Divine Comedy                                                                    


Inferno Quotes

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

— Dante (Inferno)

 

"Do not be afraid; our fate

Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift."

— Dante (Inferno)

 

"Love, which quickly arrests the gentle heart,

Seized him with my beautiful form

That was taken from me, in a manner which still grieves me.

 

Love, which pardons no beloved from loving,

took me so strongly with delight in him

That, as you see, it still abandons me not..."

— Dante (Inferno)

 

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

— Dante (Inferno)

 

"From there we came outside and saw the stars"

— Dante (Inferno)

 

"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 (Inferno)

 

"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 (Inferno)

 

"We were reading one day, to pass the time,

of Lancelot, how love had seized him.

We were alone, and without any suspicion

And time and time again our eyes would meet

over that literature, and our faces paled,

and yet one point alone won us.

When we had read how the desired smile

was kissed by so true a lover,

This one, who never shall be parted from me,

kissed my mouth, all a-tremble.

Gallehault was the book and he who wrote it

That day we read no further."

— Dante (Inferno)

 

"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 (Inferno)

 

"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 (Inferno)

 

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

— Dante (Inferno)

 

"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 (Inferno)

 

"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 (Inferno)

 

"Midway through the journey of our life, I found myself within a dark wood, for the right way had been lost."

— Dante (Inferno)

 

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

— Dante (Inferno)

 

"On march the banners of the King of Hell."

— Dante (Inferno)

 

"And when he had put his hand on mine with a cheerful look, wherefrom I took courage, he brought me within to the secret things. Here sighs, laments, and deep wailings were resounding through the starless air; wherefore at first I wept thereat. Strange tongues, horrible utterances, words of woe, accents of anger, voices high and faint, and sounds of hands with them, were making a tumult which whirls always in that air forever dark, like the sand when the whirlwind breathes."

— Dante (Inferno)