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Heinrich Heine

  • German poet
  • Born December 13, 1797
  • Died February 17, 1856

Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (German: [ˈhaɪnʁɪç ˈhaɪnə]; 13 December 1797 – 17 February 1856) was a German poet, playwright journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known outside of Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of Lieder (art songs) by composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. Heine's later verse and prose are distinguished by their satirical wit and irony. He is considered part of the Young Germany movement. His radical political views led to many of his works being banned by German authorities—which, however, only added to his fame.


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




Whatever tears one may shed, in the end one always blows one's nose.

Whatever tears one may shed, in the end one always blows one's nose.




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




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




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




The Wedding March always reminds me of the music played when soldiers go into battle.




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




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




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




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

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




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




Matrimony; the high sea for which no compass has yet been invented.




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




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.




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.




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




God will forgive me; that's his business.




You cannot feed the hungry on statistics.

You cannot feed the hungry on statistics.




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




Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.




When words leave off, music begins.




Experience is a good school. But the fees are high.




God will forgive me. It's his job.




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




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




Woman is at once apple and serpent.




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

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




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




Christ rode on an ass, but now asses ride on Christ.




It is extremely difficult for a Jew to be converted, for how can he bring himself to believe in the divinity of - another Jew?




Every man, either to his terror or consolation, has some sense of religion.




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




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




Atheism is the last word of theism.




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




Oh, what lies there are in kisses.



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