Heinrich Heine

Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (13 December 1797 in Desseldorf - 17 February 1856 in Paris) was a journalist, essayist, and one of the most significant German romantic poets. He is remembered chiefly for selections of his lyric poetry, many of which were set to music in the form of lieder (art songs) by German composers

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Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.
Dieu me pardonnera c'est son metier. (God will pardon me, that's his job.)
Be entirely tolerant or not at all follow the good path or the evil one. To stand at the crossroads requires more strength than you possess.
Be entirely tolerant or not at all; follow the good path or the evil one. To stand at the crossroads requires more strength than you possess.
Experience is a good school, but the fees are high.
God will forgive me, that's his business.
Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.
He only profits from praise who values criticism.
Human misery is too great for men to do without faith.
I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom.
If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin they would never have found time to conquer the world.
In politics, as in life, we must above all things wish only for the attainable.
In these times we fight for ideas and newspapers are our fortress.
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 all.
Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.
Oh, what lies there are in kisses!
Since the Exodus, freedom has always spoken with a Hebrew accent.
Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle.
The fundamental evil of the world arose from the fact that the good Lord has not created money enough.
The German is like the slave who, without chains, obeys his masters merest word, his very glance. The condition of servitude is inherent in him, in his very soul and worse than the physical is the spiritual slavery. The Germans must be set free from wit
The music at a wedding procession always reminds me of the music of soldiers going into battle.
The Romans would never have found time to conquer the world if they had been obliged first to learn Latin.
The weather-cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.
The weather-cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it... did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.
There are more fools in the world than there are people.
When books are burned in the end people will be burned too.
Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.
Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people.
Whether a revolutions succeeds or fails people of great hearts will always be sacrificed to it.
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.

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