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The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. -Dante
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Though quoted by JFK while a Massachusetts senator in response to being honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice for his commitment to anti-bias work, the phrase was never said by Dante. The quote was most likely a loose reinterpretation of Dante’s Inferno, from The Divine Comedy. Dante Alighieri was born in Florence, Italy in 1256 and wrote The Divine Comedy from 1307 to 1321 which would become one of the world’s most well-known pieces of poetry.


Foundation, P. (2022, June 29). Dante Alighieri. Poetry Foundation.
Horton, S. (2010, October 17). Dante – The Curse on Those Who Do Nothing in the Face of Evil. Harper’s Magazine.
Kennedy, Cutler, Wolfson Feted by Anti-Bias Group. (1956, February 17). The Boston Globe, 1–4.

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