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When I spoke, I was listened to; and I was at a loss
by Adelbert von Chamisso

When I spoke, I was listened to; and I was at a loss
to know how I had so easily acquired the art of commanding attention,
and giving the tone to the conversation.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

All possible means were used by the infatuated parents to conclude the bargain;
and deception put an end to these usual artifices.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

A person without a shadow should keep out of the sun,
that is the only safe and rational plan.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

In this watering-place I acted an heroic character,
badly studied; and being a novice on such a stage,
I forgot my part before a pair of lovely blue eyes.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

 

I ordered gold in the meantime to be showered down
without ceasing among the happy multitude.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

My first care the following morning was,
to devise some means of discovering the man in the grey cloak.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

Because it appears to me a hazardous thing to exchange my soul for my shadow.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

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Of what use were wings to a man fast bound in chains of iron?
- Adelbert von Chamisso

My vanity was flattered by having been mistaken for our revered sovereign.
I ordered a banquet to be got ready for the following evening,
under the trees before my house, and invited the whole town.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

This man, although he appeared so humble and embarrassed in his air and manners,
and passed so unheeded, had inspired me with such a
feeling of horror by the unearthly paleness of his countenance,
from which I could not avert my eyes,
that I was unable longer to endure it.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

On recovering my senses, I hastened to quit a place
where I hoped there was nothing further to detain me.
I first filled my pockets with gold,
then fastened the strings of the purse round my neck,
and concealed it in my bosom.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

After a prosperous, but to me very wearisome,
voyage, we came at last into port.
Immediately on landing I got together my few effects;
and,
squeezing myself through the crowd, went into the nearest
and humblest inn which first met my gaze.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

I will give you three days to seek your shadow.
Return to me in the course of that time with a well-fitted shadow,
and you shall receive a hearty welcome;
otherwise,
on the fourth day - remember, on the fourth day -
my daughter becomes the wife of another.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

The word majesty was now dropped; but,
with the deepest respect and humility,
I was addressed as the count.
What could I do? I accepted the title,
and from that moment I was known as Count Peter.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

When I first saw you, I thought you were handsome.
Then, of course, you spoke.
- the movie As Good As It Gets (1997)

For centuries the leaders of Christian thought spoke
of women as a necessary evil,
and the greatest saints of the Church are those who despise women the most.
- Annie Besant

Then, in that hour of deliverance, my heart spoke.
Does not such a country, and such defenders of their country,
deserve a song?
- Francis Scott Key

Well, as an artist, I think that Elvis's generosity
to me he always talked very highly about me,
he always spoke very highly about my work and singing and my writing.
- Jackie DeShannon

I was the first candidate to come out against this war,
spoke at every anti-war march.
- Al Sharpton

Well, I like how people talk.
I like language.
You know, Linda Richman spoke in Yiddish.
- Mike Myers

When I started, there weren't that many kids doing it in the city,
but the in the wave after me there were a lot of them
and they actually never spoke to each other.
- Eric San

When, at the end of the 1960s, I became interested in the Nazi era,
it was a taboo subject in Germany.
No one spoke about it anymore, no more in my house than anywhere else.
- Anselm Kiefer

When Jane and I spoke out, people thought,
What ungrateful children those two kids are to be that
nasty about their father.
- Peter Fonda

I spoke without fear of contradiction.
I simply did not suffer self-doubt.
- Elia Kazan

More than this, even in those white men who professed
religion we found much inconsistency of conduct.
They spoke much of spiritual things,
while seeking only the material.
- Charles Eastman

What we talked about will have to remain a secret between him and me.
I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and
who has my complete trust.
- Pope John Paul II

And I spoke out on women's rights, like equal pay for equal work.
- Karen Morley

After Zorro, people spoke Spanish to me for ages.
I'm Welsh but that movie instantly gave me a new ethnicity.
- Catherine Zeta-Jones

The story about me, apocryphal or not,
is that I could sing before I spoke.
My parents went into bedroom one day and there I was
standing in the crib singing God Bless America.
- Linda Lavin

President-elect Bush spoke in a forceful and candid
manner that it is his passion that all children should
have access to a first class education.
- George Miller

Ghosts, like ladies, never speak till spoke to.
- Richard Harris Barham

I had one companion.
He was a teacher from the Ukraine who spoke English
so we could communicate a bit.
I learnt a few Russian words, but it was hard to concentrate.
- Mathias Rust

I wish that I spoke more languages.
I speak a couple languages, but not well enough to really dub myself.
French is really the only one, and it's a difficult thing.
- Jodie Foster

I went to a rare live Van Dyke show and met him there.
And then he came to a show of mine and we spoke back stage.
The third time was at Brian Wilson's birthday party.
- Matthew Sweet

Momo listened to everyone and everything -
even to the rain and the wind and the pine trees -
and all of them spoke to her after their own fashion.
- Michael Ende

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one;
stronger than magician ever spoke,
or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
- Charles Dickens

The more I do bookstores, the more people come up to me from church groups.
I spoke at Pittsburg State College and had 2 or 3 ministers
and book groups from a couple of churches.
- Anita Diament

Marvin Gaye is one of my favorite revolutionaries.
He spoke from his heart, his mind.
That's what I want to do.
- Erykah Badu

I was on the Johnny Carson show, I believe 114 or 104 times.
And aside from those times on the air,
I never spoke to him.
I never met him.
- Tony Randall

The pressure isn't on my brain, but on my mouth.
I realized Sam Malone said very little,
he spoke in little sentences.
Which is much more comfortable for me for some reason.
- Ted Danson

You might say I was a little bit more outspoken...
I spoke my mind.
- Bobby Hull

When you first entered the restaurant,
I thought you were handsome...
and then, of course, you spoke.
- Helen Hunt

The hiatus you spoke about happened in 1998.
I was somewhat numb from being out on the road every night.
I had to stop because I was emotionally and physically drained.
- Chuck Mangione

I think Stalin was afraid of Roosevelt.
Whenever Roosevelt spoke, he sort of watched him with a certain awe.
He was afraid of Roosevelt's influence in the world.
- W. Averell Harriman

Peter remained very quiet and shy, but when he spoke it made sense.
- Jonathan King

It Might As Well Be Spring...
I used to sing that as a young girl in my voice lessons.
Then I picked it up again and it spoke to me in a whole new way.
- Bernadette Peters

My life has been one great big joke,
a dance that's walked a song that's spoke,
I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
- Maya Angelou

I grew up in a very literate, very independent household
where people spoke their ideas and were very supportive
of helping each other find their own way.
- Lucinda Williams

In the past, we spoke of poverty, misery only in the south.
Now there is a lot of misery, a lot of bad that creates
victims in the north as well.
This has become manifest: the global system was not
made to serve the good of all,
but to serve multinational companies.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

There are elections in which everyone knows that 'the
people have spoken' but they don't always know exactly
what the people have said.
This November's election was different.
Not only did the people speak, they spoke clearly.
- Kay Bailey Hutchison

My father was the son of immigrants,
and he grew up bilingual,
but English is what my father taught me and what he spoke to me.
America's strength is not our diversity;
it is our ability to unite around common principles
even when we come from different backgrounds.
- Ernest Istook

When I was a child of six or seven my father would
show me the chapter in the prophet Isaiah where the name Immanuel is found;
more than once he spoke to me of the faith he put in me.
- Immanuel Velikovsky

There were a couple Aborigines in my primary school,
but we never spoke to them.
They kept to themselves, and we never really even locked eyes.
They weren't acknowledged officially either.
- Phillip Noyce

I prepared my intervention the night before I spoke.
As it happened, there were about 44 cardinals who wished
to speak but could not because there was not enough time.
I was one of the last to speak.
- Godfried Danneels

And doing a film in that period, and having to really
celebrate what they wore back then,
how they sat and how they spoke.
You know, what the etiquette was back then for a lady.
All of those things are like putting on a wig and transforming yourself,
which I love.
- Charlize Theron

The Lord had been very gracious, and spoke peace to
me in the time of my distress,
and I now most ungratefully turned again to folly;
at times I felt sharp reproof,
but I did not get low enough to cry for help.
- John Woolman

One of the reasons I wanted to teach deaf children
was because it made me very sad that they spoke so
clumsily and that they moved with less grace that I
knew was possible of deaf people.
- Stephanie Beacham

Laura Bush went on national television during the week
of my father's funeral and spoke out against embryonic stem cell research,
pointing out that where Alzheimer's is concerned,
we don't have proof that stem-cell treatment would be effective.
- Patti Davis

You may be sorry that you spoke, sorry you stayed or went,
sorry you won or lost, sorry so much was spent.
But as you go through life, you'll find -
you're never sorry you were kind.
- Herbert Prochnow

I took the role because it's rare to read a script
that makes me laugh and cry,
and it spoke to my own religious feelings,
as well as giving me a chance to draw on my experience as a parent.
Accepting it was a no-brainer.
- Stephen Collins

I spoke French a bit, and I could speak a bit of this and that,
and when you were taught those things by people who couldn't really do it,
you can do some pretty wonderfully, imaginative horrific things to teachers.
- Diane Cilento

I believe the American people spoke loud and clear
to the Bush Administration in yesterday's election
that they disapprove of the current direction in the war in Iraq.
As a result, the President wasted no time in dumping Secretary Rumsfeld.
- Jim Clyburn

The poor child was the drudge of the household,
and was always in the wrong.
He was, however, the most bright and discreet of all the brothers;
and if he spoke little,
he heard and thought the more.
- Charles Perrault

When I crossed Asia with my friend Peter Fleming,
we spoke to no one but each other during many months,
and we covered exactly the same ground.
Nevertheless my journey differed completely from his.
- Ella Maillart

Since this war began our sympathy has gone out to all
the suffering people who have been dragged into it.
Further hundreds of millions have become involved since
I spoke at Limerick fortnight ago.
- Eamon de Valera

My family, frankly, they weren't folks who went to church every week.
My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew
but she didn't raise me in the church,
so I came to my Christian faith later in life and it
was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me
in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead.
- Barack Obama

All respect for the office of the presidency aside,
I assumed that the obvious and unadulterated decline
of freedom and constitutional sovereignty,
not to mention the efforts to curb the power of judicial review,
spoke for itself.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It took us three years to build the NeXT computer.
If we'd given customers what they said they wanted,
we'd have built a computer they'd have been happy with
a year after we spoke to them -
not something they'd want now.
- Steve Jobs

When I was a child in the 1940s and early 1950s,
my parents and grandparents spoke of Britain as home,
and New Zealand had this strong sense of identity and
coherence as being part of the commonwealth and a the
identity of its people as being British.
- Michael King

The several tribes of Indians inhabiting the regions of the Upper Missouri,
and of whom I spoke in my last Letter,
are undoubtedly the finest looking, best equipped,
and most beautifully costumed of any on the Continent.
- George Catlin


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