Quotes from Helvetti

Dante Alighieri ·  223 pages

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“Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“Amor, ch'al cor gentile ratto s'apprende
prese costui de la bella persona
che mi fu tolta; e 'l modo ancor m'offende.

Amor, che a nullo amato amar perdona,
Mi prese del costui piacer sì forte,
Che, come vedi, ancor non m'abbandona..."

"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...”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“They yearn for what they fear for.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“There is no greater sorrow then to recall our times of joy in wretchedness.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti



“Through me you go into a city of weeping; through me you go into eternal pain; through me you go amongst the lost people”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“From there we came outside and saw the stars”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“And I — my head oppressed by horror — said:
"Master, what is it that I hear? Who are
those people so defeated by their pain?"
      And he to me: "This miserable way
is taken by the sorry souls of those
who lived without disgrace and without praise.
      They now commingle with the coward angels,
the company of those who were not rebels
nor faithful to their God, but stood apart.
      The heavens, that their beauty not be lessened,
have cast them out, nor will deep Hell receive them —
even the wicked cannot glory in them.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“Because your question searches for deep meaning,
I shall explain in simple words”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“But the stars that marked our starting fall away.
We must go deeper into greater pain,
for it is not permitted that we stay.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti



“As little flowers, which the chill of night has bent and huddled, when the white sun strikes, grow straight and open fully on their stems, so did I, too, with my exhausted force.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“Hope not ever to see Heaven. I have come to lead you to the
other shore; into eternal darkness; into fire and into ice.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“It was the hour of morning,
when the sun mounts with those stars
that shone with it when God's own love
first set in motion those fair things”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“I am the way into the city of woe,
I am the way into eternal pain,
I am the way to go among the lost.

Justice caused my high architect to move,
Divine omnipotence created me,
The highest wisdom, and the primal love.

Before me there were no created things
But those that last forever—as do I.
Abandon all hope you who enter here.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“He is, most of all, l'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti



“One ought to be afraid of nothing other then things possessed of power to do us harm, but things innoucuous need not be feared.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“At grief so deep the tongue must wag in vain; the language of our sense and memory lacks the vocabulary of such pain.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“To get back up to the shining world from there
My guide and I went into that hidden tunnel,

And Following its path, we took no care
To rest, but climbed: he first, then I-so far,
through a round aperture I saw appear

Some of the beautiful things that Heaven bears,
Where we came forth, and once more saw the stars.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“Thence we came forth to rebehold the stars.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“As phantoms frighten beasts when shadows fall.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti



“So that the Universe felt love,
by which, as somebelieve,
the world has many times been turned to chaos.
And at that moment this ancient rock,
here and elsewhere, fell broken into pieces.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“Love, which absolves no one beloved from loving,
seized me so strongly with his charm that,
as you see, it has not left me yet.

Love brought us to one death.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“Here pity only lives when it is dead - Virgil”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“The poets leave hell and again behold the stars.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“We were men once, though we've become trees”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti



“Soon you will be where your own eyes will see the source and cause and give you their own answer to the mystery.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“And following its path, we took no care
To rest, but climbed: he first, then I-- so far,
Through a round aperture I saw appear
Some of the beautiful things that Heaven bears,
Where we came forth, and once more saw the stars.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“Through me is the way to the city of woe.
Through me is the way to sorrow eternal.
Through me is the way to the lost below. Justice moved my architect supernal.
I was constructed by divine power,
supreme wisdom, and love primordial.
Before me no created things were.
Save those eternal, and eternal I abide.
Abandon all hope, you who enter.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


“That which had pleased me once, troubled by spirit.”
― Dante Alighieri, quote from Helvetti


About the author

Dante Alighieri
Born place: in Florence, Italy
Born date May 14, 1265
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