Heinrich Heine Quotes

Home / Poet / Heinrich Heine Quotes
Heinrich Heine

A painting of Heine by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim
Born Heinrich Heine
(1797-12-13)13 December 1797
Düsseldorf
Died 17 February 1856(1856-02-17) (aged 58)
Paris, France
Occupation Poet, essayist, journalist, literary critic
Nationality German
Alma mater Bonn, Berlin, Göttingen
Literary movement Romanticism
Notable works Buch der Lieder, Reisebilder, Germany. A Winter’s Tale, Atta Troll, Romanzero
Relatives Salomon Heine, Gustav Heine von Geldern, Karl Marx

There are more fools in the world than there are people.
Experience is a good school. But the fees are high.
It is extremely difficult for a Jew to be converted, for how can he bring himself to believe in the divinity of – another Jew?
Heinrich Heine
God will forgive me. It's his job.
Whether a revolution succeeds or fails people of great hearts will always be sacrificed to it.
Heinrich Heine
Christ rode on an ass, but now asses ride on Christ.
Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.
The Wedding March always reminds me of the music played when soldiers go into battle.
Heinrich Heine
When the heroes go off the stage, the clowns come on.
Whenever books are burned, men also in the end are burned.
Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle.
Heinrich Heine
God will forgive me; that's his business.
Communism possesses a language which every people can understand – its elements are hunger, envy, and death.
Heinrich Heine
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.
Heinrich Heine
The Bible is the great family chronicle of the Jews.
The fundamental evil of the world arose from the fact that the good Lord has not created money enough.
Heinrich Heine
Ask me not what I have, but what I am.
You cannot feed the hungry on statistics.
Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by friction.
Heinrich Heine
True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary.
Heinrich Heine
Woman is at once apple and serpent.
I do not know if she was virtuous, but she was ugly, and with a woman that is half the battle.
Heinrich Heine

Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.
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.
Heinrich Heine
It is a common phenomenon that just the prettiest girls find it so difficult to get a man.
Heinrich Heine
The men of action are, after all, only the unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
Heinrich Heine
Oh, what lies there are in kisses.
Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle.
Heinrich Heine
I have never seen an ass who talked like a human being, but I have met many human beings who talked like asses.
Heinrich Heine
Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.
Atheism is the last word of theism.
Every man, either to his terror or consolation, has some sense of religion.
Heinrich Heine
Sleep is good, death is better; but of course, the best thing would to have never been born at all.
Heinrich Heine
Whatever tears one may shed, in the end one always blows one's nose.
I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom.
Heinrich Heine
When words leave off, music begins.
I will not say that women have no character; rather, they have a new one every day.
Heinrich Heine
Matrimony; the high sea for which no compass has yet been invented.
He only profits from praise who values criticism.
In these times we fight for ideas and newspapers are our fortress.
If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world.
Heinrich Heine
Human misery is too great for men to do without faith.
Like a great poet, Nature knows how to produce the greatest effects with the most limited means.
Heinrich Heine