Dante Alighieri Quotes About Love, Life and Death

Dante Alighieri was an Italian poet, author, and philosopher who lived from 1265 to 1321 and was likely baptized Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri.  His Divine Comedy, originally known as Comeda (modern Italian: Commedia), was later renamed Divina by Giovanni Boccaccio and is regarded as the greatest literary work ever written in the Italian language and one of the most significant poems of the Middle Ages.

At a time when most poetry was written in Latin, which was only understandable to the most educated readers, Dante is credited with establishing the use of the vernacular in literature.

53 Dante Alighieri Quotes

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  1. “The more a thing is perfect, the more it feels pleasure and pain.”
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2. “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”

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

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

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5. “Love insists the loved loves back”

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

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7. “My course is set for an uncharted sea.”

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8. “Nature is the art of God.”

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9. “Beauty awakens the soul to act.”

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10. “The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.”

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

12. “Remember tonight… for it is the beginning of always”

13. “There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery”

14. “They yearn for what they fear for.”

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

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

17. “Without Hope we live in desire.”

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

19. “The devil is not as black as he is painted.”

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

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21. “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.”

22. “A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.”

23. “That which had pleased me once, troubled by spirit.”

24. “My thoughts were full of other things When I wandered off the path.”

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25. “The path to paradise begins in hell.”

26. “I’m not alone in misery of soul.”

27. “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.”

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

29. “Rejoice, Florence, seeing you are so great that over sea and land you flap your wings, and your name is widely known in Hell!”

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

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31. “Before me there were no created things, Only eternity, and I too, last eternal. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!”

32. “Wisdom is earned, not given”

33. “You shall find out how salt is the taste of another man’s bread, and how hard is the way up and down another man’s stairs.”

34. “That which had pleased me once, troubled by spirit.”

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

36. “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.”

37. “True love is never lost, not even by a bishop’s or a priest’s curse, that we cannot regain it, so long as hope has still its bit of green.”

38. “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.”

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

40. “As once I loved you in my mortal flesh, without it now I love you still.”

41. “The secret of getting things done is to act!”

42. “The human race is in the best condition when it has the greatest degree of liberty.”

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43. “Haste denies all acts their dignity.”

44. “You did thirst for blood, and with blood I fill you”

45. “So many times a man’s thoughts will waver, That it turns him back from honored paths, As false sight turns a beast, when he is afraid.”

46. “In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself in a dark wood.”

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

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48. “When you are nearer, you will understand how much your eyesight is deceived by distance. Therefore, push yourself a little harder.”

49. “One should only be afraid of those things Which have the power of doing others harm; For the rest, fear not; because they are not fearful.”

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

51. “Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from The Eternal.”

52. “He who best discerns the worth of time is most distressed whenever time is lost.”

53. “Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction.”

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