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.’

See also our illustrated quote-rich celebration of Dante’s Divine Comedy in Clive James’ superb translation. 


Source: Dante,The Divine Comedy (Paradise, Canto 13), trans. Clive James (New York: Liveright Publishing, 2013), p. 418-19

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