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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