Dante Alighieri Quotes

If anyone should want to know my name, I am called Leah. And I spend all my time weaving garlands of flowers with my fair hands, to please me when I stand before the mirror; my sister Rachel sits all the day long before her own, and never moves away. She loves to contemplate her lovely eyes; I love to use my hands to adorn myself: her joy is in reflection, mine in act.
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Purgatory," cto. 27, l. 100-8, The Divine Comedy (c. 1307-1321), trans. by Mark Musa (1981). Leah and Rachel, of whom Dante dreams on the seventh stair of Purgatory before ascending to the Earthly Paradise, traditionally stood for the active and the contemplative life.
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O power of fantasy that steals our minds from things outside, to leave us unaware, although a thousand trumpets may blow loud—what stirs you if the senses show you nothing? Light stirs you, formed in Heaven, by itself, or by His will Who sends it down to us.
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Purgatory," cto. 17, l. 13-18, The Divine Comedy (c. 1307-1321), trans. by Mark Musa (1981).
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O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Purgatory," cto. 3, The Divine Comedy (completed 1321).
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Honor the greatest poet.
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "The Inferno," cto. 4, The Divine Comedy.
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