A painting of Heine by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim
13 December 1797
|Died||17 February 1856
|Occupation||Poet, essayist, journalist, literary critic|
|Alma mater||Bonn, Berlin, GÃ¶ttingen|
|Notable works||Buch der Lieder, Reisebilder, Germany. A Winter’s Tale, Atta Troll, Romanzero|
|Relatives||Salomon Heine, Gustav Heine von Geldern, Karl Marx|
It is extremely difficult for a Jew to be converted, for how can he bring himself to believe in the divinity of – another Jew?
Whether a revolution succeeds or fails people of great hearts will always be sacrificed to it.
The Wedding March always reminds me of the music played when soldiers go into battle.
Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle.
Communism possesses a language which every people can understand – its elements are hunger, envy, and death.
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.
The fundamental evil of the world arose from the fact that the good Lord has not created money enough.
Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by friction.
True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary.
I do not know if she was virtuous, but she was ugly, and with a woman that is half the battle.
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.
It is a common phenomenon that just the prettiest girls find it so difficult to get a man.
The men of action are, after all, only the unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle.
I have never seen an ass who talked like a human being, but I have met many human beings who talked like asses.
Every man, either to his terror or consolation, has some sense of religion.
Sleep is good, death is better; but of course, the best thing would to have never been born at all.
I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom.
I will not say that women have no character; rather, they have a new one every day.
If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world.
Like a great poet, Nature knows how to produce the greatest effects with the most limited means.