Heinrich Heine

Literary Birthday – 13 December – Heinrich Heine

Heinrich Heine was born 13 December 1797, and died 17 February 1856.


  1. When words leave off, music begins.
  2. Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.
  3. True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary.
  4. Experience is a good school. But the fees are high.
  5. 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.
  6. He only profits from praise who values criticism.
  7. Of course God will forgive me; that’s His job.
  8. Whether a revolution succeeds or fails people of great hearts will always be sacrificed to it.
  9. Oh, what lies there are in kisses.
  10. The Wedding March always reminds me of the music played when soldiers go into battle.
  11. I will not say that women have no character; rather, they have a new one every day.
  12. Money is the god of our time.

Heinrich Heine was a German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known for his early lyric poetry. His poems were set to music in the form of Lieder (art songs) by composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert.

Source for Image


Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 13th December 2014