“If you can always offer a reply
so to readily to others,” said all three,
“then happy you who speak, at will, so clearly.
So, if you can escape these lands of darkness
and see the stars on your return,
when you repeat with pleasure, ‘I was there,’
be sure that you remember us to men.”

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O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?

Purgatorio, Canto XII, line 95

Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.

Through me the way into the suffering city
Through me the way to eternal pain,
Through me the way that runs among the lost.
Justice urged on my high Artificer
My maker was Divine Authority,
The Highest Wisdom, and Primal Love.
Before me nothing nothing but eternal things
Were made, and I endure eternally.
Abandon all hope, who enter here.

Inferno: Canto III, lines 1-9

Here one must leave behind all hesitation;
here every cowardice must meet its death.

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