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Heinrich Heine Quotes


A journalist, an essayist, and one of the most significant German romantic poets.
(1797 - 1856)

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

Atheism is the last word of theism.
[Atheism]
 

Believe me, the much-praised lambs of humility would not bear themselves so meekly if they but possessed tiger's claws.
[Humility]
 

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

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

Every age has its problem, by solving which, humanity is helped forward.
[Progress]
 

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

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

God will forgive me the foolish remarks I have made about Him just as I will forgive my opponents the foolish things they have written about me, even though they are spiritually as inferior to me as I to thee, O God!
[Forgiveness]
 

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.
 

He that marries is like the Doge who was wedded to the Adriatic. He knows not what there is in that which he marries: mayhap treasures and pearls, mayhap monsters and tempests await him.
[Marriage]
 

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

I do not know if she was virtuous, but she was ugly, and with a woman that is half the battle.
 

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

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

I have smelt all the aromas there are in the fragrant kitchen they call Earth; and what we can enjoy in this life, I surely have enjoyed just like a lord!
[Happiness]
 

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

If all Europe were to become a prison, Ameriea would still present a loop-hole of escape; and, God be praised! that loop-hole is larger than the dungeon itself.
[America]
 

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


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