49 Best Dante Alighieri Quotes and Sayings for Motivation

Dante Alighieri, born in Florence, Italy, in 1265, was an illustrious Italian poet, prose writer, literary theorist, moral philosopher and political thinker.

Dante grew up in a family of modest means, lost his mother at a young age and was betrothed at twelve to Gemma di Manetto Donati.

Despite his marriage, Dante was enamored with Beatrice Portinari, a girl he loved passionately and continued to write about throughout his life.


As a young man, he studied various subjects, including poetry, painting and music, drawing influences from both Occitan and Latin poetry.

Dante is renowned for his monumental epic poem “The Divine Comedy,” a profound Christian vision of humanity’s temporal and eternal destiny.

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The poem, divided into “Inferno,” “Purgatorio,” and “Paradiso,” is considered a masterpiece of world literature.

Dante’s political activism in Florence led to his exile and he spent his later years in various cities, dying in Ravenna in 1321.

Here is a great collection of Dante Alighieri quotes.

Best Dante Alighieri Quotes

1. “Nature is the art of God.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).


2. “The path to paradise begins in hell.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

3. “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

4. “All hope abandon, ye who enter here!” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

5. “The secret of getting things done is to act!” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

6. “Follow your own star!” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

7. “From a little spark may burst a flame.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

8. “Because your question searches for deep meaning, I shall explain in simple words.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

9. “Beauty awakens the soul to act.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

10. “In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

11. “The devil is not as black as he is painted.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).


12. “Follow your path, and let the people talk.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

13. “Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

Top Dante Alighieri Quotes

14. “If your world isn’t right, the cause is in you.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

15. “Do not be afraid; our fate Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

16. “The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

17. “If you give people light, they will find their own way.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

18. “Where the way is hardest, there go thou; Follow your own path and let people talk.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

19. “Love insists the loved loves back.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

20. “Three things remain with us from paradise: stars, flowers and children.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

21. “Eternal love made me.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

22. “Before me things created were none, save things Eternal, and eternal I endure. All hope abandon, ye who enter here.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

23. “But already my desire and my will were being turned like a wheel, all at one speed, by the Love which moves the sun and the other stars.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

24. “A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

25. “He is not always at ease who laughs.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).


26. “My course is set for an uncharted sea.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

27. “Do not desert me when I need you most. And if we can’t go on together, let’s retrace our steps as quickly as we can.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

28. “From there we came outside and saw the stars.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

29. “I did not die, and yet I lost life’s breath.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

30. “I love to doubt as well as know.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

Famous Dante Alighieri Quotes

31. “Consider that this day ne’er dawns again.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

32. “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.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

33. “He loves but little who can say and count in words, how much he loves.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

34. “Everywhere is here and every when is now.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

35. “Come, follow me, and leave the world to its babblings.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

36. “I wept not, so to stone within I grew.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).


37. “If thou follow thy star, thou canst not fail of glorious heaven.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

38. “He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

39. “Thus you may understand that love alone is the true seed of every merit in you, and of all acts for which you must atone.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

Short Dante Alighieri Quotes

40. “I made my own house be my gallows.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

41. “In His will, our peace.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

42. “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).

43. “A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

44. “Knowledge comes Of learning well retain’d, unfruitful else.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

45. “You sure know how to throw a party! No food, no drinks, and the only babe just left.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

46. “Love is the source of every virtue in you and of every deed which deserves punishment.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

47. “He listens well who takes notes.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

48. “They yearn for what they fear for.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

49. “Here let dead poetry rise once more to life.” ~ (Dante Alighieri).

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