Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.
Lying in a featherbed will not bring you fame, nor staying beneath the quilt, and he who uses up his life without achieving fame leaves no more vestige of himself on earth than smoke in the air or foam upon the water.
The man who lies asleep will never waken fame, and his desire and all his life drift past him like a dream, and the traces of his memory fade from time like smoke in air, or ripples on a stream.
The Commedia , it must be remembered, is a vision of the progress of man's soul toward perfection.
O Virgins, sacrosanct, if I have ever, for your sake, suffered vigils,cold,, and hunger, great need makes me entreat my recompense.
If i thought i was replying to someone who would every return to the world, this flame would cease it's flickering. But since no one has returned from these depths alive, if what I've heard is true, I will answer you without fear of infamy.
So, now, with me. That brute which knows no peace came ever nearer me and, step by step, drove me back down to where the sun is mute.
If the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.
Love, that exempts no one beloved from loving, seized me with pleasure of this man so strongly, that, as thou seest, it doth not yet desert me.
These dwell among the blackest souls, loaded down deep by sins of differing types. If you sink far enough, you'll see them all.
Small projects need much more help than great.
Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild.