Dante Alighieri quote about knowledge from Divine Comedy - Consider ye the seed from which ye sprang; Ye were not made to live like unto brutes, But for pursuit of virtue and of knowledge.
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Consider ye the seed from which ye sprang; Ye were not made to live like unto brutes, But for pursuit of virtue and of knowledge.
 Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy (1320). copy citation

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Author Dante Alighieri
Source Divine Comedy
Topic knowledge virtue brutality
Date 1320
Language English
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Note Translanted by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1004/pg1004.html

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“'O brothers, who amid a hundred thousand Perils,' I said, 'have come unto the West, To this so inconsiderable vigil Which is remaining of your senses still Be ye unwilling to deny the knowledge, Following the sun, of the unpeopled world. Consider ye the seed from which ye sprang; Ye were not made to live like unto brutes, But for pursuit of virtue and of knowledge.'
So eager did I render my companions, With this brief exhortation, for the voyage, That then I hardly could have held them back. And having turned our stern unto the morning, We of the oars made wings for our mad flight,” source

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