These racing monosyllables have the pace and certainty of one who runs, and lives, as if he can only win. I have a certain admiration for such bounding assurance.

‘But this one ran as if the race were his

To win, not lose.  As his life was, and is.’

‘… e parve di costoro quelli che vince, non colui che perde.’

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


Source: Dante,The Divine Comedy (Inferno, Canto 15), trans. Clive James (New York: Liveright Publishing, 2013), p. 76

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