Last year I discovered Dante's genius for the first time. So today, I give you some of my favorites:
Foolish is he who hopes our intellect can reach the end of that unending road only one Sustance in three Persons follows.
Purgatorio iii 34-36
He who best discerns the worth of time is most distressed whenever time is lost.
Purgatorio iii 777-78
His choice phrases:
filthy effigy of fraud
colored with shame
His gift for humor:
"Perhaps you did not think I was a logician."
And finally, his words that give us new insight into old stories:
"Haste denies all acts their dignity."
In these six words I see a prodigal father running to spend his dignity to buy his child a few more seconds in his arms.