My lady is desired in highest heaven. Now let me tell you something of her power. A lady who aspires to graciousness Should seek her company, for where she goes Love drives a killing frost into vile hearts That freezes and destroys what they are thinking; Should such a one insist on looking at her, He is changed to something noble or he dies. And if she finds one worthy to behold her, That man will feel her power for salvation When she accords to him her salutation, Which humbles him till he forgets all wrongs. God has graced her with an even greater gift: Whoever speaks with her shall speak with Him.
— Dante Alighieri on his unrequited love for Beatrice (via outkastincarl)
He who accepts the rank which nature assigns him does not turn into the mere absence of what he is not.
Even the most modest thing has, in its proper place, immeasurable worth.
— Nicolas Gomez Davila (via tremblingcolors)