Month: May 2019

1835 Heinrich Heine on German Philosophy

Every epoch is a Sphinx, which plunges into the abyss as soon as its problem is solved.

My dread of the latter has nothing in common with that of the parvenu, who trembles for his wealth, or with that of well-to-do tradesmen, who fear an interruption of their profitable business. No; that which disquiets me is the secret dread of the artist and scholar, who sees our whole modern civilisation, the laboriously-achieved product of so many centuries of effort, and the fruit of the noblest works of our ancestors, jeopardised by the triumph of communism.

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