Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dante Knew (He knew a lot of things.)

Lo cielo i vostri movimenti inizia;
non dico tutti, ma, posto ch'i' 'l dica,
lume v'e' dato a bene e a malizia,
e libero voler; che, se fatica
ne le prime battaglie col ciel dura,
poi vince tutto, se ben si notrica.

[Heaven starts your actions;
not all of them but, even in this case,
you've been given the reason which can distinguish between good and evil,
and you've been also given free will; this may meet
with difficulties at first, but it wins everything in the end,
if it's fed with virtue, with the help of Heaven.]

Dante Alighieri Divine Comedy
Divina Commedia, Purgatorio
, XVI, 73-78

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