„When I had journeyed half of our life's way,
I found myself within a shadowed forest,
for I had lost the path that does not stray.“
— Dante Alighieri, livro Inferno
Canto I, lines 1–3 (tr. Mandelbaum).
: Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straight-forward pathway had been lost.
The Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1321), Inferno