The 60 Best Dante Alighieri quotes (Father of the Italian Language)
Dante Alighieri (born c. May 14/June 13, 1265, Florence [Italy] – died September 13/14, 1321, Ravenna), was an Italian poet, writer and philosopher. He is best known for the monumental epic poem La commedia, later named La divina commedia (known in English as The Divine Comedy). He is considered the “Father of the Italian Language”, and In Italy he is known as il Sommo Poeta ('the Supreme Poet') and il Poeta. Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio are also called the 'Tre Corone' (the 'Three Crowns') of Italian literature.
I am the way to a forsaken people. I am the way into eternal sorrow. Sacred justice moved my architect. I was raised here by divine omnipotence, Primordial love and ultimate intellect. Only those elements time cannot wear Were made before me, and beyond time I stand. Abandon all hope ye who enter here.
Love, which quickly arrests the gentle heart, Seized him with my beautiful form That was taken from me, in a manner which still grieves me.
Love, which pardons no beloved from loving, took me so strongly with delight in him That, as you see, it still abandons me not...
Through me you pass into the city of woe: Through me you pass into eternal pain: Through me among the people lost for aye. Justice the founder of my fabric moved: To rear me was the task of power divine, Supremest wisdom, and primeval love. Before me things create were none, save things Eternal, and eternal I shall endure. All hope abandon, ye who enter here.