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abandon hope, all ye who enter here

A message warning one about a hopeless situation from which there is no return. The Italian version of this phrase appears in Dante's Divine Comedy as the inscription on the entrance to Hell. The phrase is most often used humorously. I'll never forget my first day as an intern and the sign above my cubicle that said, "Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here."
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Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.

Prov. If you come in, be prepared for the worst. (Describes a hopeless situation or one somehow similar to hell. Often used jocularly. This is the English translation of the words on the gate of Hell in Dante's Inferno.) This is our cafeteria. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here!
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Answer: Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here! This line from Dante's Inferno could well be your guide.
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Abandon hope all ye who enter here - no human rights, no trial, no justice.
A sign above the door reads: "Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here."
A luminous tatt at the base of the spine would suffice, simply saying: Abandon hope all ye who enter here.
Indeed, if the entrance to New Road proclaimed the Sri Lankan equivalent of "abandon hope all ye who enter here", the tourists would surely not have been surprised.