Monday, December 13, 2010

Meandering to and fro . . .

Today is the birthday of Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (December 13, 1797 – February 17, 1856), journalist, essayist, literary critic and poet.

"Where they burn books, they will also burn people."
- Heinrich Heine

"He who will establish himself on a certain height must yield according to circumstances, like the weather-cock on a church-spire, which, though it be made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it remained obstinately immovable, and did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind."
- Heinrich Heine

"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."
- Heinrich Heine

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

"Ask me not what I have, but what I am."
- Heinrich Heine

"God will forgive me. It's his job."
- Heinrich Heine said this on his deathbed (1856).

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