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I have a recollection of a quote I thought came from Heinrich Heine. My recollection of the quote is something like this:

If you go up to the mountaintop and say the right words, the whole world will change.

The word mountaintop is popular in quotes but I don’t find anything resembling my quote in Google searches, so there is probably something wrong with my recollection. Does anyone recognize the quote which sounds like a German romantic literary product?

  • I don't know where that quote is from, but I wonder if it is a reference to Dr Martin Luther King Jnr. He made a speech in Memphis, Tenn. which repeatedly uses the refrain 'I've been to the mountaintop' in reference to Mount Olympus and the classical philosophers. Dr King's words also went a long way towards changing the world. kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/… The speech rewards the reading. – Spagirl Jul 31 '17 at 16:48
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    Thank you for your comment. Nietzsche had a quote “All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down”, which seems to be more about his personal power. I believe I thought at the moment I first saw the quote I look for, that it was more about mystical power hidden in the words. That is why I thought it was 19 century romantic (perhaps German). – Mikael Jensen Aug 1 '17 at 15:18
  • TBH, the quote sounds like a bit of a mash up of the two things to me. Many 'quotes' that drift around cyber space are half-remembered, mis-reconstructed amalgams. – Spagirl Aug 1 '17 at 15:24
  • @MikaelJensen That Nietzche quote sounds like a reference to Archimedes' line, "Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth" as per en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Archimedes – Gaurav Aug 1 '17 at 20:10
  • This experience has led me to believe that it may have been a passage in a less famous text. Thanks to all of you. – Mikael Jensen Aug 2 '17 at 10:15

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