Quotations by Dante Alighieri


The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Italian poet
(Attributed)

As paraphrased by John F. Kennedy (24 Jun 1963), most likely (though then not quite accurately) from Inferno canto 3, lines 35-42):
by those disbodied wretches who were loth when living, to be either blamed or praised.
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But see how many now cry out “Christ! Christ?”
Who shall be farther from him at the Judgment
Than many who, on earth, did not know Christ.

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Italian poet
The Divine Comedy, “Paradise,” 19.106 (1321) [tr. J. Ciardi (1954)]
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A great flame follows a little spark.

[Poca favilla gran fiamma seconda.]

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Italian poet
The Divine Comedy, “Paradiso,” Canto 1, l. 34 (1321)
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Where the way is hardest, there go thou:
Follow your own path, and let people talk.

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Italian poet
The Divine Comedy, “Purgatory” (5.13) (1321)
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