There is no greater sorrowThan to be mindful of the happy timeIn misery.
Love, which is quickly kindled in the gentle heart,seized this man for the fair form that wastaken from me, and the manner still hurts me.
The Love which moves the sun and the other stars.
I saw within Its depth how It conceives all things in a single volume bound by Love, of which the universe is the scattered leaves.
With the color that paints the morning and evening clouds that face the sun I saw then the whole heaven suffused.
Like the lark that soars in the air, first singing, then silent, content with the last sweetness that satiates it, such seemed to me that image, the imprint of the Eternal Pleasure.
Therefore the sight that is granted to your world penetrates within the Eternal Justice as the eye into the sea; for though from the shore it sees the bottom, in the open sea it does not, and yet the bottom is there but the depth conceals it.
Thou shalt prove how salt is the taste of another's bread and how hard is the way up and down another man's stairs.
The greatest gift that God in His bounty made in creation, and the most conformable to His goodness, and that which He prizes the most, was the freedom of will, with which the creatures with intelligence, they all and they alone, were and are endowed.
A great flame follows a little spark.
But so much the more malign and wild does the ground become with bad seed and untilled, as it has the more of good earthly vigor.
Less than a drop of blood remains in me that does not tremble; I recognize the signals of the ancient flame.
Love kindled by virtue always kindles another, provided that its flame appear outwardly.
Everyone confusedly conceives of a good in which the mind may be at rest, and desires it; wherefore everyone strives to attain it.
To a greater force, and to a better nature, you, free, are subject, and that creates the mind in you, which the heavens have not in their charge. Therefore if the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.