Hottest Places in Hell

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Text on Button The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. -Dante
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The quote featured here—said by John F. Kennedy while serving as a Massachusetts senator in response to being honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice for his commitment to anti-bias work—was never actually said by Dante. It is 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; the work has since 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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