The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music quotes

66 total quotes (ID: 546)

Captain von Trapp
Maria
Multiple Characters
Reverend Mother


Baron: Is there a more beautiful expression of what is good in this country of ours than the innocent voices of our children?
Zeller: Oh, come now, Baron, would you have us believe that Austria alone holds a monopoly on virtue?
Captain: Herr Zeller, some of us prefer Austrian voices raised in song to ugly, German threats.
Zeller: The ostrich buries his head in the sand, and sometimes in the flag. [He turns toward the Austrian flag, prominently displayed] Perhaps those who would warn you that the Anschluss is coming - and it is coming, Captain - perhaps they would get further with you by setting their words to music.
Captain: If the Nazis take over Austria, I have no doubt, Herr Zeller, that you will be the entire trumpet section.
Zeller: You flatter me, Captain.
Captain: Oh, how clumsy of me. I meant to accuse you.


...the first three notes just happen to be, Do-Re-Mi. Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol[pronounced So]-La-Ti, oh let's see if I can make it easier.
[singing] Doe, a deer, a female deer, Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself, Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread, La, a note to follow Sol
Tea, a drink with jam and bread, that will bring us back to Do...

Captain: Is it possible, or could I have just imagined? Have my children by any chance been climbing trees today?
Maria: Yes, Captain.
Captain: I see. And where, may I ask, did they get these, uhm, these...
Maria: Playclothes.
Captain: Oh, is that what you call them?
Maria: I made them, from the drapes that used to hang in my bedroom...They still had plenty of wear left. The children have been everywhere in them.
Captain: Do you mean to tell me that my children have been roaming about Salzburg dressed up in nothing but some old drapes?!
Maria: Umm, hmm, and having a marvelous time.
Captain: They have uniforms.
Maria: Straitjackets, if you'll forgive me.
Captain: I will not forgive you for that.
Maria: Children cannot do all the things they're supposed to do if they have to worry about spoiling their precious clothes they wear....Well, they wouldn't dare. They love you too much. They fear you too much.
Captain: I don't wish you to discuss my children in this manner.
Maria: Well, you've got to hear it from someone. You're never home long enough to know them.
Captain: I said I don't want to hear any more from you about my children.
Maria: I know you don't, but you've got to! Oh please, Captain, love them, love them all.
Captain: Enough!.
Maria: But I'm not finished!
Captain:[yelling] Oh yes you are, Captain! (corrects himself) Fraulein.
Captain: [after listening to his children sing, and joining in] You've brought music back into the house? Fraulein, I want you to stay. I ask you to stay.

Captain: It's no use, you and I. I'm being dishonest to both of us and utterly unfair to you. When two people talk of marriage...
Elsa: No, don't, don't say another word, Georg, please? You see, uh, there are other things I've been thinking of. Fond as I am of you, I really don't think you're the right man for me. You're much too independent and I need someone who needs me desperately, or at least needs my money desperately. I've enjoyed every moment we've had together. I do thank you for that. Now, if you'll forgive me, I'll go inside, pack my little bags, and return to Vienna where I belong. And somewhere out there is a young lady who I think will never be a nun. Auf Wiedersehen, darling.

Activity suggests a life filled with purpose.

Captain: Fraulein Maria, did I not say that bedtime is to be strictly observed in this household?
Maria: Yes, well the children were scared of the thunderstorm and... You did, sir.
Captain: And do you or do you not have trouble following these simple instructions?
Maria: Only during thunderstorms.

Frau Schmidt: The von Trapp children don't play. They march. He runs this house as if he were on one of his ships again - whistles, orders, no more music, no more laughing. Nothing that reminds him of her, even the children.

Kurt: I haven't had so much fun since the day we put glue on Fräulein Josephine's toothbrush.

Kurt: Only grown-up men are scared of women.

Liesl: I'm Liesl. I'm sixteen years old and I don't need a governess.

Maria: [singing] Perhaps I had a wicked childhood, perhaps I had a miserable youth.
But somewhere in my wicked, miserable past, there must have been a moment of truth.
For here you are standing there loving me, whether or not you should.
So somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.
Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could.
So somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.
Captain: [singing] For here you are standing there loving me, whether or not you should.
Maria: [singing] So somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.
Captain & Maria: '[singing] Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could
Maria: [singing] So somewhere in my youth...
Captain: [singing] or childhood,
Maria: [singing] I must have done something,
Captain & Maria: [singing] something good.

Max: The festival competition has come to its conclusion, except of course we don't know yet what that conclusion will be. And while the judges are arriving at their decision, I have been given permission to offer you an encore. This will be the last opportunity the von Trapps will have of singing together for a long, long time. Even now, officials are waiting in this auditorium to escort Captain von Trapp to his new command in the naval forces of the Third Reich. [The crowd murmurs in reaction.] And so, ladies and gentlemen, the Family von Trapp again to bid you farewell.

Rolfe: [rebuffing Liesl] We make it our business to know everything about everyone. I'm now occupied with more important matters. And your father better be too if he knows what's good for him.

Zeller: I've not asked you where you and your family are going. Nor have you asked me why I am here.
Captain: Well, apparently, we're both suffering from a deplorable lack of curiosity.

Max: I like rich people. I like the way they live. I like the way I live when I'm with them.