Heinrich Heine Quotes

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Nature is visible thought.
— Heinrich Heine
Only feeling understands feeling.
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Man, the aristocrat among animals.

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God will forgive me. It's his job.
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Where words leave off, music begins.
— Heinrich Heine


Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.


The worst of poisons: to mistrust one's power.
— Heinrich Heine
Thought precedes action, as lightning does thunder.


Experience is a good school. But the fees are high.
— Heinrich Heine


Experience is a good school, but the fees are high.
— Heinrich Heine
Thought is invisible nature; nature, visible thought.
— Heinrich Heine
Wise men think out their thoughts; fools proclaim them.
— Heinrich Heine
Wherever books will be burned, men also, will be burned.


The thought precedes the deed as the lightning the thunder.
— Heinrich Heine
Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.
— Heinrich Heine

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Do not mock our dreamers . . . their words become the seeds of freedom.
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The men of the past had convictions, while we moderns have only opinions.
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Life is a disease, the whole world a hospital, and Death is our physician.


If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world.
— Heinrich Heine


Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle.

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The Romans would never have found time to conquer the world if they had been obliged fist to learn Latin.
— Heinrich Heine


My heart is like the ocean,
With tempest, ebb, and flow,
And many pearls full precious
Lie in its depths below.


Oh what lies there are in kisses!
And their guile so well prepared!
Sweet the snaring is; but this is
Sweeter still, to be ensnared.


People in those old times had convictions; we moderns only have opinions.  And it needs more than a mere opinion to erect a Gothic cathedral.


Music is a strange thing.  I would almost say it is a miracle.  For it stands halfway between thought and phenomenon, between spirit and matter, a sort of nebulous mediator.


In dark ages people are best guided by religion, as in a pitch-black night a blind man is the best guide; he knows the roads and paths better than a man who can see. When daylight comes, however, it is foolish to use blind, old men as guides.