Durante degli Alighieri (1265–1321), was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Commedia and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.
In Italy he is known as il Sommo Poeta (“the Supreme Poet”) or just il Poeta. He, Petrarch and Boccaccio are also known as “the three fountains” or “the three crowns”. Dante is also called the “Father of the Italian language”.
1. THE MORE A THING IS PERFECT, THE MORE IF FEELS PLEASURE AND PAIN.
2. THE PATH TO PARADISE BEGINS IN HELL.
3. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE JOURNEY OF OUR LIFE I FOUND MYSELF WITHIN A DARK WOODS WHERE THE STRAIGHT WAY WAS LOST.
4. O HUMAN RACE, BORN TO FLY UPWARD, WHEREFORE AT A LITTLE WIND DOST THOU SO FALL?
5. THE WISEST ARE THE MOST ANNOYED AT THE LOSS OF TIME.
6. NO SADNESS IS GREATER THAN IN MISERY TO REHEARSE MEMORIES OF JOY.
7. THROUGH ME YOU GO INTO A CITY OF WEEPING; THROUGH ME YOU GO INTO ETERNAL PAIN; THROUGH ME YOU GO AMONGST THE LOST PEOPLE.
8. HE WHO SEES A NEED AND WAITS TO BE ASKED FOR HELP IS AS UNKIND AS IF HE HAD REFUSED IT.
9. HEAVEN WHEELS ABOVE YOU, DISPLAYING TO YOU HER ETERNAL GLORIES, AND STILL YOUR EYES ARE ON THE GROUND.
10. CONSIDER YOUR ORIGIN. YOU WERE NOT FORMED TO LIVE LIKE BRUTES BUT TO FOLLOW VIRTUE AND KNOWLEDGE.
11. 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.
12. AND AS HE, WHO WITH LABORING BREATH HAS ESCAPED FROM THE DEEP TO THE SHORE, TURNS TO THE PERILOUS WATERS AND GAZES.
13. …ALL THINGS CREATED HAVE AN ORDER IN THEMSELVES, AND THIS BEGETS THE FORM THAT LETS THE UNIVERSE RESEMBLE GOD.
14. THERE IS NO GREATER SORROW THEN TO RECALL OUR TIMES OF JOY IN WRETCHEDNESS.
15. THE LOVE THAT MOVES THE SUN AND THE OTHER STARS.
16. I WEPT NOT, SO TO STONE WITHIN I GREW.