The following lines are taken from the Inferno at the beginning of Canto III of Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. After reading the whole of Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso (Translated by C.H. Sisson) I found these lines to be the ones that stuck in my head. Canto III 'Through me you go into the city of weeping; Through me you go into eternal pain; Through me you go among the lost people. Justice is what moved my exalted Maker; I was the invention of the power of God, Of his wisdom, and of his primal love. Before me there was nothing that was created Except eternal things; I am eternal: No room for hope, when you enter this place.'