Dante lived in an age where faith was the norm, at least in public, and doubt could land you in trouble. How modern his assertion therefore sounds, allowing doubt to be not only natural, but rooted in the truth and sprouting from it as a healthy off-shoot. 

‘Doubt is like a shoot

Springing from truth.  It is a natural urge.’ 

‘Nasce per quello, a guisa di rampollo,

a piè del vero il dubbio; ed è natura…’

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

Source: Dante,The Divine Comedy (Paradiso, Canto 4), trans. Clive James (New York: Liveright Publishing, 2013), p. 368

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