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Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Purgatorio.
Time: Haste, Change Quotes
[Cato]: “While I was there, within the other world, Marcia so pleased my eyes,” he then replied, “each kindness she required, I satisfied. Now that she dwells beyond the evil rive...
[Virgil to Cato]: “…but I am from the circle where the chaste eyes of your Marcia are; and she still prays to you, o holy breast, to keep her as your own: for her love, then, incline to...
[Virgil to Dante]: “Foolish is he who hopes our intellect can reach the end of that unending road only one Substance in three Persons follows. Confine yourselves, o humans, to the quia; had y...
Art and Culture Quotes
But here, since I am yours, o holy Muses, may this poem rise again from Hell’s dead realm; and may Calliope rise somewhat here, accompanying my singing with that music whose power struck the...
he [Dante] goes in search of liberty – so precious, as he who gives his life for it must know. You know it – who, in Utica, found death for freedom was not bitter, when you left the gar...
[Virgil to Dante]: …“This mountain’s of such sort that climbing it is hardest at the start; but as we rise, the slope grows less unkind. Therefore, when this slope seems to you so...
I started: “O my light, it seems to me that in one passage you deny expressly that prayer can bend the rule of Heaven, yet these people pray precisely for that end. Is their hope, therefore,...
Fate and Free Will Quotes
[Virgil]: “As I have told you, I was sent to him for his deliverance; the only road I could have taken was the road I took. I showed him all the people of perdition; now I intend to show to h...
And he [Virgil] to me: “Whatever makes them suffer their heavy torment bends them to the ground; at first I was unsure of what they were. But look intently there, and let your eyes unravel wh...
Language and Communication Quotes
[Dante to the Late-Repentant who died of Violence]: “…if there’s anything within my power that might please you, then – by that same peace which in the steps of such a guide...
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