The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music quotes

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Captain von Trapp
Maria
Multiple Characters
Reverend Mother


Sister Margaretta: [to the Reverend Mother, about Maria] She doesn't say a word, Reverend Mother, except in prayer...It's strange. She seems happy to be back here, and yet she's unhappy too.


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.

Captain: You, Fraulein, will listen carefully. Learn their signals so that you can call them when you want them. Now, when I want you, this is what you will hear. [Blows whistle]
Maria: Oh, no, sir, I'm sorry, sir. I could never answer to a whistle. Whistles are for dogs and cats and other animals, but not for children, and definitely not for me. It would be... too humiliating.
Captain: Fraulein, were you this much trouble at the Abbey?
Maria: Oh, much more, sir.
Captain: Hmm.
[Starts to leave the room when Maria blows the whistle. He looks back at her]
Maria: Excuse me, sir, I don't know your signal.

Elsa: [after seeing the Captain dance with Maria] Oh, that was beautifully done. What a lovely couple you make.

Maria: I left...I was frightened...I was confused, I felt, I've never felt that way before. I couldn't stay. I knew that here I'd be away from it. I'd be safe...I can't face him again...Oh, there were times when we would look at each other. Oh Mother, I could hardly breathe...That's what's been torturing me. I was there on God's errand. To have asked for his love would have been wrong. I couldn't stay, I just couldn't. I'm ready at this moment to take my vows. Please help me.
Reverend Mother: Maria, the love of a man and a woman is holy too. You have a great capacity to love. What you must find out is how God wants you to spend your love.
Maria: But I pledged my life to God. I pledged my life to his service.
Reverend Mother: My daughter, if you love this man, it doesn't mean you love God less. No, you must find out and you must go back.
Maria: Oh, Mother, you can't ask me to do that. Please let me stay, I beg of you.
Reverend Mother: Maria, these walls were not built to shut out problems. You have to face them. You have to live the life you were born to live.

Zeller: [about the Captain] When he does return, he will be expected to fill his proper position in the new order.

Liesl: What happens when a person stops loving you?
Maria: You cry a little and then you wait for the sun to come out. It always does.

Liesl: [after Rolfe kisses her] Wheeeeeee!

Elsa: Now, where is that lovely little thing you were wearing the other evening, when the Captain couldn't keep his eyes off you.
Maria: Couldn't keep his eyes off me?
Elsa: Come, my dear, we are women. Let's not pretend we don't know when a man notices us...
Maria: The Captain notices everybody and everything.
Elsa: Well, there's no need to feel so defensive, Maria. You are quite attractive, you know. The Captain would hardly be a man if he didn't notice you.
Maria: Baroness, I hope you're joking.
Elsa: Not at all.
Maria: But I've never done a thing to...
Elsa: But you don't have to, Maria. There's nothing more irresistible to a man than a woman who's in love with him.
Maria: 'In love with him'?
Elsa: Of course. What makes it so nice is he thinks he's in love with you.
Maria: But that's not true.
Elsa: Oh surely you've noticed the way he looks into your eyes. And you know, uh, you blushed in his arms when you were dancing just now. Don't take it to heart. He'll get over it soon enough, I should think. Men do, you know.
Maria: Then I should go. I mustn't stay here.
Elsa: I'm sure you'll make a very fine nun.

Reverend Mother always says when the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.

Captain: It's the dress. You'll have to put on another one before you meet the children.
Maria: But I don't have another one. When we entered the abbey our worldly clothes were given to the poor.
Captain: What about this one?
Maria: The poor didn't want this one.

Max: Have you made up Georg's mind yet? Do I hear wedding bells?
Elsa: Pealing madly.
Max: Marvelous.
Elsa: But not necessarily for me.
Max: What kind of talk's that?
Elsa: That is none of your business talk, Max. I am terribly fond of Georg and I will not have you toying with us.
Max: But I am a child. I like toys, so tell me everything. Oh come on, tell Max every teensy, weensy, intimate disgusting detail.
Elsa: Well, let's just say I have a feeling I may be here on approval.
Max: Well, I approve of that. How can you miss?
Elsa: Far too easily.
Max: If I know you, darling, and I do, you will find a way.
Elsa: Oh, he's no ordinary man.
Max: No, he's rich!
Elsa: When his wife died, she left him with a terrible heartache.
Max: And when your husband died, he left you with a terrible fortune.
Elsa: Oh, Max, you really are a beast.
Max: You and Georg are like family to me. That's why I want to see you two get married. We must keep all that lovely money in the family.

Louisa: I don't believe it, father...about Fraulein Maria.
Captain: She missed her life at the Abbey too much. She had to leave us - and that's all there is to it.
Gretl: Who is our new governess going to be?
Captain: Well, you're not going to have a governess anymore...You're going to have a new mother...We talked about it last night. It's all settled. And we're all going to be very happy.

[singing] How do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
Many a thing you know you'd like to tell her, many a thing she ought to understand
...How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?

Sister Margaretta: Reverend Mother, I have sinned.
Sister Berthe: I, too, Reverend Mother.
Reverend Mother: What is this sin, my children?
[the nuns look at each other, then reveal from under their robes the distributor and coil they have removed from the Germans' cars]