Quotes by Heinrich Heine

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Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (born as Harry Heine December 13, 1797 February 17, 1856) was one of the most significant German poets. more

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Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.
Matrimony is the high sea for which no compass has yet to be invented.
Experience is a good school, but the fees are high.
Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.
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.
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.
If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin they would never have found time to conquer the world.
In these times we fight for ideas and newspapers are our fortress.
In politics, as in life, we must above all things wish only for the attainable.
The foolish race of mankind are swarming below in the night; they shriek and rage and quarrel -- and all of them are right.
Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.
God will forgive me, that's his business.
Whatever tears one may shed, in the end one always blows one's nose.
Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.

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