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33 Famous Quotes by Dante ("Dante Alighieri")

Their eyes seem'd rings from whence the gems were gone. [It., Parean l'occhiaje anella senza gemme.]

Eyes Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Purgatorio (XXXII, 31)

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Be steadfast as a tower that doth not bend its stately summit to the tempest's shock. [It., Sta come torre ferme, che non crolla Giammai la cima per soffiar de' venti.]

Courage Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Purgatorio (V, 14)

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Art, as far as it is able, follow nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild. [It., L'arte vostra quella, quanto puote, Seque, come il maestro fa il discente; Si che vostr'arte a Dio quasi e nipote.]

Art Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Inferno (XI, 103)

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It was evening here, But upon earth the very noon of night.

Midnight Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Purgatorio (canto XV, l. 5)

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Not in mine eyes alone in Paradise.

Eyes Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Paradiso (XVIII, 21)

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The great refusal. [It., Il gran rifiuto.]

Ambition Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Inferno (canto III, LX), supposedly referring to Celestive V, elected Pope in 1294

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The vesper bell from far That seems to mourn for the expiring day.

Bells Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Purgatorio (canto 8, l. 6)

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There is no greater sorrow Than to be mindful of the happy time In misery. [Lat., Nessun maggior dolore Che ricordarsi del tempo felice Nella miseria.]

Sorrow Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Inferno (V, 121), (Longfellow's translation)

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Three sparks--pride, envy, and avarice--have been kindled in all hearts. [It., Superbia, invidia ed avarizia sono Le tre faville che hanno i cori accesi.]

Evil Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Inferno (VI, 74)

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O faithful conscience, delicately pure, how doth a little failing wound thee sore! [It., O dignitosa coscienza e netta, Come t' e picciol fallo amaro morso.]

Conscience Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Purgatorio (III, 8)

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The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

Necessity Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Inferno (XII, 87)

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It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man.

Evil Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Inferno (VI, 74)

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So may heaven's grace clear away the foam from the conscience, that the river of thy thoughts may roll limpid thenceforth, [It., Se toso grazia risolva le schiume Di vostra conscienza, si che chiaro Per essa scenda della mente il fiume.]

Conscience Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Purgatorio (XIII, 88)

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Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

Conscience Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Purgatorio (XIII, 88)

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The splendors that belong unto the fame of earth are but a wind, that in the same direction lasts not long. [It., Non e il mondam romore alro che un fiato Di vento, che vien quinci et or vien quindi, E muta nome, perche muta lato.]

Fame Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Purgatorio (XI, 100)

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All your renown is like the summer flower that blooms and dies; because the sunny glow which brings it forth, soon slays with parching power. [It., La vostra nominanza e color d'erba, Che viene e va; e quei la discolora Per cui ell' esce della terra acerba.]

Fame Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Purgatorio (XI, 115)

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Justice does not descend from its pinnacle. [It., Cima di giudizio non s'avvalla.]

Justice Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Purgatorio (VI, 37)

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Go forth and preach impostures to the world, But give them truth to build on.

Preaching Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Vision of Paradise (canto XXIX)

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From little spark may burst a mighty flame.

Results Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Paradise (canto I, l. 34)

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Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.

Results Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Paradise (canto I, l. 34)

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Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. [It., Lasciate ogni speranza ch'entrate.]

Hope Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Inferno (III, 1, 9)

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Still desiring, we live without hope. [It., Senza speme vivemo in desio.]

Hope Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Inferno (IV, 42)

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There is in hell a place stone-built throughout, Called Malebolge, of an iron hue, Like to the wall that circles it about.

Hell Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Inferno (canto XVIII, l. 1)

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Ah, savage company; but in the church With saints, and in the taverns with the gluttons.

Companionship Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Inferno (XXII, 13)

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It is necessity and not pleasure that compels us. [It., Necessita c'induce, e non diletto.]

Necessity Quotes, by Dante ("Dante Alighieri") , Source: Inferno (XII, 87)

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