Sunday, February 17, 2013

Miracles happen every day

Heinrich Heine, German poet and writer, died on this day in 1856. He wrote:

"Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle."

Heine's works were among thousands of books burned on Berlin's Opernplatz in 1933, following the Nazi raid on the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft. To commemorate that event, one of the most famous lines of Heine's (from his 1821 play Almansor) was engraved in the ground at the site:

"Where they burn books, they will ultimately also burn people."