Heinrich Heine Quotes (151 quotes)
“Mark this well, you proud men of action: You are nothing but the unwitting agents of the men of thought who often, in quiet self-effacement, mark out most exactly all your doings in advance.”
History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany, Vol. III (1834)
“Mine is a most peaceable disposition. My wishes are: a humble cottage with a thatched roof, but a good bed, good food, the freshest milk and butter, flowers before my window, and a few fine trees before my door; and if God wants to make my happiness complete, He will grant me the joy of seeing some six or seven of my enemies hanging from those trees.”
Letzte Gedichte und Gedanken, Heinrich Heine, S. Zickel, 1871, Ch. 1, Persönliches
Wit, Wisdom, and Pathos: From the Prose of Heinrich Heine ; with a Few Pieces from the "Book of Songs" (Trübner & Company, 1879), p. 192
As quoted in: Alfred Meissner, Heinrich Heine (1856)
“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.”
Scintillations from the Prose Works of Heinrich Heine (Holt & Williams, 1873) translated from the German by Simon Adler Stern, Part II: Excerpts, p. 87, "Men, Manners, and Society"
The Poems of Heine: Complete (1866 edition)
As quoted in "Familiar short sayings of great men : with historical and explanatory notes" (1882), Samuel Arthur Bent, p. 273
“Communism possesses a language which every people can understand - its elements are hunger, envy, and death.”
As quoted in "Best Thoughts of Best Thinkers: Amplified, Classified, Exemplified and Arranged as a Key to Unlock the Literature of All Ages", Hialmer Day Gould, Edward Louis Hessenmueller, 1904, p. 541. Also in: Forbes, Volumes 12-13, 1923, p. 653
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsHeinrich Heine
Born: December 13, 1797
Died: February 17, 1856 (aged 58)
Occupation: Poet, essayist, journalist
Bio: Heinrich Heine was one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century. He was also a journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of Lieder by composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. Heine's later verse and prose is distinguished by its satirical wit and irony.
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