Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

“Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.”

“When words leave off, music begins.”

“Oh, what lies there are in kisses.”

“Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.”

“Woman is at once apple and serpent”

“I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom.”

“It is a common phenomenon that just the prettiest girls find it so difficult to get a man”

“Like a great poet, Nature knows how to produce the greatest effects with the most limited means.”

“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.”

“Atheism is the last word of theism”

“Ask me not what I have, but what I am.”

“Experience is a good school, but the fees are high.”

“God will forgive me; that’s his business.”

“Each violet peeps from its dwelling to gaze at the bright stars above.”

“Sleep is good, death is better; but of course, the best thing would to have never been born at all.”

“Communism possesses a language which every people can understand – its elements are hunger, envy, and death.”

“The Bible is the great family chronicle of the Jews.”

“It must require an inordinate share of vanity and presumption, too, after enjoying so much that is good and beautiful on earth, to ask the Lord for immortality in addition to it all.”

“Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle.”

“Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle.”

 “I will not say that women have no character; rather, they have a new one every day.”

“The men of action are, after all only the unconscious instruments of the men of thought.”

“True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary.”

“Matrimony, – the high sea for which no compass has yet been invented.”

“Whatever tears one may shed, in the end one always blows one’s nose.”

“Whether a revolutions succeeds or fails people of great hearts will always be sacrificed to it.”

“In these times we fight for ideas and newspapers are our fortress.”

“Whenever books are burned, men also in the end are burned.”

“He only profits from praise who values criticism.”

“I have never seen an ass who talked like a human being, but I have met many human beings who talked like asses.”

“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.”

“When the heroes go off the stage, the clowns come on.”

“If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found the time to conquer the world.”

“Human misery is too great for men to do without faith.”

“Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.”

“While we are indifferent to our good qualities, we keep on deceiving ourselves in regard to our faults, until we come to look on them as virtues.”

“The fundamental evil of the world arose from the fact that the good Lord has not created money enough.”

“God will forgive me. It’s his job.”

“There are more fools in the world than there are people.”

“Out of my great sorrows I make my little songs”

“We should forgive our enemies, but only after they have been hanged first.”

“God will pardon me, it is His trade.”

“The foolish race of mankind are swarming below in the night; they shriek and rage and quarrel — and all of them are right.”

“In politics, as in life, we must above all things wish only for the attainable.”

“You are like a flower.”

“Oh, they loved dearly:
their souls kissed,
they kissed with their eyes,
they were both but one single kiss.”

“Poverty sits by the cradle of all our great men, and rocks them up to manhood; and this meager foster-mother remains their faithful companion throughout life.”


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