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All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
And oft a retrospect delights the mind.
As fall the light autumnal leaves, one still the other following, till the bough strews all its honors.
But if, as morning rises, dreams are true.
Conscience, that boon companion who sets a man free under the strong breastplate of innocence, that bids him on and fear not.
Deed done is well begun.
Fame is not won on downy plumes nor under canopies; the man who consumes his days without obtaining it leaves such mark of himself on earth as smoke in air or foam on water.
Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from the eternal.
I love sometimes to doubt, as well as know.
No greater grief than to remember days of joy when misery is at hand.
O foolish anxiety of wretched man, how inconclusive are the arguments which make thee beat thy wings below!
Thou shall know by experience how salt the savor is of others' bread, and how sad a path it is to climb and descend another's stairs.
Your fame is as the grass, whose hue comes and goes, and His might withers it by whose power it sprang from the lap of the earth.
The great refusal.
[It., Il gran rifiuto.]
- Inferno (canto III, LX),
supposedly referring to Celestive V, elected Pope in 1294
There is in hell a place stone-built throughout,
Called Malebolge, of an iron hue,
Like to the wall that circles it about.
- Inferno (canto XVIII, l. 1) [Hell]
In the midway of this our mortal life,
I found me in a gloomy wood, astray,
Gone from the path direct.
[It., Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
Mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
Che la diritta via era smarrita.]
- Inferno (I) [Life]
Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.
[It., Lasciate ogni speranza ch'entrate.]
- Inferno (III, 1, 9) [Hope]
This sorrow weighs upon the melancholy souls of those who lived without infamy or praise.
[It., Questo misero modo
Tengon l'anime triste di coloro
Che visser senza infamia e senza lodo.]
- Inferno (III, 36) [Life]
Still desiring, we live without hope.
[It., Senza speme vivemo in desio.]
- Inferno (IV, 42) [Hope]
Love, that all gentle hearts so quickly know.
[It., Amor, ch'al cor gentil ratto s'apprende.]
- Inferno (V, 100) [Love]
Love, which insists that love love shall mutual be.
[It., Amor ch' a nullo amato amar perdona.]
- Inferno (V, 103) [Love]
There is no greater sorrow
Than to be mindful of the happy time
[It., Nessun maggior dolore
Che ricordarsi del tempo felice
- Inferno (V, 121),
(Longfellow's translation) [Sorrow]
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.]
- Inferno (VI, 74) [Evil]
This audacity of theirs is not new.
[It., Questa lor tracotanza non e nuova.]
- Inferno (VIII, 124) [Audacity]
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.]
- Inferno (XI, 103) [Art]
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