Dante is cautioned to beware those who pass speedy judgement – ‘Anyone and his wife’ who think in witnessing a deed they can securely make assumptions about its karmic consequences.
‘So we should be strict towards
All people when they judge at too great pace …
Our judgement isn’t made from just our eyes,
And least of all will it be what we think
When we have barely taken time to blink.’
Source: Dante,The Divine Comedy (Paradise, Canto 13), trans. Clive James (New York: Liveright Publishing, 2013), p. 418-19
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