| Quote #1
O you who are within your little bark,
This is Dante acting as the all-knowing teacher. As the captain who has steered his ship safely so far, he warns all his students not to follow him any further unless they are completely confident in their faith and reading comprehension. Otherwise, they will either crash and burn or get lost. The elect – "you other few who turned our minds in time / unto the bread of angels" – are the only ones worthy of following Dante into this cantica, which features a lot of difficult theological arguments.
| Quote #2
[Beatrice]: "If in the fire of love I seem to flame
Beatrice shows us the root of a good education: "perfected vision." Education, she seems to argue, is a process of learning to modify one's perspective until it is perfectly aligned with God's. Only then can one "grasp the good so [one] approach[es] the good in act."
| Quote #3
[Beatrice to Dante]: "Open your mind to what I shall disclose,
Beatrice emphasizes the importance of listening and remembering in the process of learning.