Strangely, Dante's Divine Comedy did not produce a prose of that creative height or it did so after centuries.— Eugenio Montale
Inspiring Divine Comedy quotations
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?
The devil is not as black as he is painted.
I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.
Remember tonight...for it's the beginning of forever. - Dante Alighieri
For she doth make my veins and pulses tremble.
We're taking part in a divine comedy and we should realise that the play is always a comedy, in that we're all ultimately ridiculous.
Do not hurt anyone with your speech, for the divine dwells in every heart.
The Divine Comedy' is very sophisticated but also very popular.
He is, most of all, l'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle.
I saw within Its depth how It conceives All things in a single volume bound by Love of which the universe is the scattered leaves.
In spirituality the vehicle of faith runs on divine love.
I found myself within a forest dark.
Into the eternal darkness, into fire and into ice.
The entire Bible, viewed as a "divine comedy," is contained within a U-shaped story of this sort, one in which man, as explained, loses the tree and water of life at the beginning of Genesis and gets them back at the end of Revelation.
Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.
Dante Alighieri was not only a Christian poet or a priest, he was a man.
He was a real poet. We can understand that the goal of Divine Comedy is beauty. You don't need also to understand Italian or to know Italian, because when Dante's writing, when we recite Dante out loud, it explodes a cosmos of illumination like to recite music, a symphony.
A great model for this is the way that Dante calls on Virgil at the beginning of 'The Inferno,' 'The Divine Comedy,' to help guide him through the underworld.
the true art of the gods is the comic.
The comic is a condescension of the divine to the world of man; it is the sublime vision, which cannot be studied, but must ever be celestially granted. In the comic the gods see their own being reflected as in a mirror, and while the tragic poet is bound by strict laws, they will allow the comic artist a freedom as unlimited as their own.
I believe in the future a new Dante will write a new Divine Comedy.
If Dante was writing The Divine Comedy in 2013, he might very well have set part of it in the suburbs.
When I had journeyed half of our life's way, I found myself within a shadowed forest, for I had lost the path that does not stray.
Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightfoward pathway had been lost. Ah me! How hard a thing is to say, what was this forest savage, rough, and stern, which in the very thought renews the fear. So bitter is it, death is little more.
[Comedies], in the ancient world, were regarded as of a higher rank than tragedy, of a deeper truth, of a more difficult realization, of a sounder structure, and of a revelation more complete. The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man. ...Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachment to the forms...