The experience of this sweet life.

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The man who lies asleep will never waken fame,
and his desire and all his life drift past him like a dream,
and the traces of his memory fade from and his desire
and all his life drift past him like a dream,
and the traces of his memory fade from time like smoke in air,
or ripples on a stream.

Inferno, Canto XXIV

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There is no greater sorrow
Than to remember the happy times
In misery.

Inferno, Canto V.

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O human race, born to fly upward,
wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?

Purgatorio, Canto XII

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But my own wings were not enough for this,
Had it not been that then my mind there smote
A flash of lightning, wherein came its wish.

Here vigour failed the lofty fantasy:
But now was turning my desire and will,
Even as a wheel that equally is moved,

The Love which moves the sun and the other stars.

Paradiso, Canto XXXIII

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