Adelbert von Chamisso Quotes | Quotes by Adelbert von Chamisso

1All possible means were used by the infatuated parents to conclude the bargain; and deception put an end to these usual artifices.

2What use would wings be to a man bound in iron fetters? They would only drive him to even greater despair.

3In pain a new time is born.

4Because it appears to me a hazardous thing to exchange my soul for my shadow.

5On 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.

6In pain is a new time born.

7When 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.

8Hope roves in a future of fame and wealth.

9In 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.

10After 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 Quotes

11Of what use were wings to a man fast bound in chains of iron?

12I 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.

13A person without a shadow should keep out of the sun, that is the only safe and rational plan.