The customs and fashions of men change like leaves on the bough, some of which go and others come.
Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows.
Beauty awakens the soul to act.
O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!
At this high moment, ability failed my capacity to describe.
All hope abandon, ye who enter here!
From a little spark may burst a flame.
Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.
In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.
The sad souls of those who lived without blame and without praise.
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild.
I wept not, so to stone within I grew.
You shall find out how salt is the taste of another man's bread, and how hard is the way up and down another man's stairs.
Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and still your eyes are on the ground.
Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction.
Will cannot be quenched against its will.
Nature is the art of God.
The more perfect a thing is, the more susceptible to good and bad treatment it is.