Quote by Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy,
Through me you pass into the city of woe:Through me you pass into eternal pain:Through me among the people lost for aye.Justice the founder of my fabric moved:To rear me was the task of power divine,Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.Before me things create were none, save thingsEternal, and eternal I shall endure.All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
This quote is an excerpt from Dante Alighieri's epic poem, "Inferno," which describes his journey through the nine circles of Hell. In this passage, Dante describes himself as the gateway through which souls enter into eternal suffering and damnation. He explains that the construction of Hell was orchestrated by divine power, wisdom, and love to establish justice. The quote concludes with a chilling warning for those entering Hell to abandon all hope, as there is no redemption or escape from the everlasting torment that awaits them.
I am not forgotten, you know, no, I still receive a very great deal of fan mail.. . . Gladys Gudgeon writes . . . . I just wish I knew . . . .He paused, looking faintly puzzled, then beamed again and returned to his signing with renewed vigor. I suspect it is simply my good looks. . . .
Where mass opinion dominates the government, there is a morbid derangement of the true functions of power. The derangement brings about the enfeeblement, verging on paralysis, of the capacity to govern. This breakdown in the constitutional order is the cause of the precipitate and catastrophic decline of Western society. It may, if it cannot be arrested and reversed, bring about the fall of the West.