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Heinrich Heine Quotes

Birth Date: 1797-12-13 (Wednesday, December 13th, 1797)
Date of Death: 1856-02-17 (Sunday, February 17th, 1856)

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    • Out of my own great woe I make my little songs.
    • Ich weiss nicht, was soll es bedeuten, Dass ich so traurig bin; Ein Marchen aus alten Zeiten, Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.
    • Du bist wie eine Blume, So hold und schon und rein; Ich schau dich an, und Wehmut Schleicht mir ins Herz hinein.
    • At first I was almost about to despair, I thought I never could bear it - but I did I bear it. The question remains: how?
    • Ich hatte einst ein schones Vaterland. Der Eichenbaum Wuchs dort so hoch, die Veilchen nickten sanft. Es war ein Traum. Das ku?te mich auf deutsch und sprach auf deutsch (Man glaubt es kaum Wie gut es klang) das Wort: 'Ich liebe dich!' Es war ein Traum.
    • Dort, wo man Bucher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen.
    • Every woman is the gift of a world to me.
    • Don't send a poet to London.
    • He who will establish himself on a certain height must yield according to circumstances, like the weather-cock on a church-spire, which, though it be made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it remained obstinately immovable, and did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind. But a great man will never so far contradict his own feelings as to see, or, it may be, increase, with cold-blooded indifference, the misfortunes of his fellow country-men.
    • Christianity is an idea, and as such is indestructible and immortal, like every idea.
    • Mark this well, you proud men of action: You are nothing but the unwitting agents of the men of thought who often, in quiet self-effacement, mark out most exactly all your doings in advance.
    • People in those old times had convictions; we moderns only have opinions. And it needs more than a mere opinion to erect a Gothic cathedral.
    • If one has no heart, one cannot write for the masses.
    • Wild, dark times are rumbling toward us, and the prophet who wishes to write a new apocalypse will have to invent entirely new beasts, and beasts so terrible that the ancient animal symbols of St. John will seem like cooing doves and cupids in comparison.
    • The future smells of Russian leather, of blood, of godlessness and of much whipping. I advise our grandchildren to come into the world with very thick skin on their backs.
    • No talent, but a character.
    • Ordinarily he is insane, but he has lucid moments when he is only stupid.
    • One should forgive one's enemies, but not before they are hanged.
    • So we keep asking, over and over, Until a handful of earth Stops our mouths - But is that an answer?
    • Rossini! divino Maestro!
    • Bien sur, il me pardonnera; c'est son metier. [Of course he will forgive me; that's his job.]
    • If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world.
    • Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but less by assimilation than by friction.
    • My songs, they say, are poisoned. How else, love, could it be? Thou hast, with deadly magic, Poured poison into me.
    • Oh what lies there are in kisses! And their guile so well prepared! Sweet the snaring is; but this is Sweeter still, to be ensnared.
    • What! Think you that my flashes show me Only in lightnings to excel? Believe me, friends, you do not know me, For I can thunder quite as well.
    • Oaks shall be rent; the Word shall shatter - Yea, on that fiery day, the Crown, Even the palace walls shall totter, And domes and spires come crashing down.
    • Experience is a good school. But the fees are high.
    • When words leave off, music begins.
    • The music at a wedding procession always reminds me of the music of soldiers going into battle.
    • Whatever tears one may shed, in the end one always blows one's nose.
    • The fundamental evil of the world arose from the fact that the good Lord has not created money enough.
    • There are more fools in the world than there are people.
    • I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom.
    • In earlier religions the spirit of the time was expressed through the individual and confirmed by miracles. In modern religions the spirit is expressed through the many and confirmed by reason.
    • You cannot feed the hungry on statistics.
    • Every man, either to his terror or consolation, has some sense of religion.
    • Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
    • True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary.
    • Heine says that a true autobiography is almost an impossibility, and that man is bound to lie about himself.
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