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DANTE ("DANTE ALIGHIERI")
Italian epic poet
(1265 - 1321)
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Midway in our life's journey, I went astray
  from the straight road and woke to find myself
    alone in a dark wood.
      - The Divine Comedy, Inferno
        [Books (First Lines)]

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
  [This miserable mode
    Maintain the melancholy souls of those
      Who lived withouten infamy or praise.]
      - The Divine Comedy ((Inferno, canto iii)),
        (Longfellow translation) first portion is an oft-quoted paraphrase of bracketed portion
        [Neutrality]

There is no greater pain than to remember, in our present grief, past happiness.
      - The Divine Comedy
         (Inferno, canto V, l. 121-23) [Pain]

Consider what you came from: you are Greeks! You were not born
  to live like mindless brutes but to follow paths of excellence and knowledge.
      - The Divine Comedy
         (Inferno, canto XXVI, l. 118-20)
        [Learning]

Be like a solid tower whose brave height remains unmoved by all the winds that blow; the man who lets his thoughts be turned aside by one thing or another, will lose sight of his true goal, his mind sapped of its strength.
      - The Divine Comedy
         (Purgatory, canto V, l. 10-15)
        [Endurance]

Your earthly fame is but a gust of wind that blows about, shifting this way and that, and as it changes quarter, changes name.
      - The Divine Comedy
         (Purgatory, canto X, l. 100-02) [Fame]

Not one drop of blood is left inside my veins that does not throb: I recognize signs of the ancient flame.
      - The Divine Comedy
         (Purgatory, canto XXX, l. 46-48) [Blood]

In that part of the book of my memory before the which is little that can be read, there is a rubric, saying, Incipit Vita Nova. Under such rubric I find written many things; and among them the words which I purpose to copy into this little book; if not all of them, at the least their substance.
      - The New Life,
        (Dante Gabriel Rosetti translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Knowledge comes
  Of learning well retain'd, unfruitful else.
      - Vision of Paradise (canto V, l. 41)
        [Knowledge]

O how far remov'd,
  Predestination! is thy foot from such
    As see not the First Cause entire: and ye,
      O mortal men! be wary how ye judge:
        For we, who see the Maker, know not yet
          The number of the chosen; and esteem
            Such scantiness of knowledge our delight:
              For all good is, in that primal good,
                Concentrate; and God's will and ours are one.
      - Vision of Paradise (canto XX, l. 122)
        [Doctrine]

Go forth and preach impostures to the world,
  But give them truth to build on.
      - Vision of Paradise (canto XXIX)
        [Preaching]


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