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love

If she had possessed a little of that knowledge of the world which, in the more civilized countries, a woman has already enjoyed for a long while by the time she is thirty, she might have feared for the duration of a love that seemed to be sustained by nothing but surprise and delighted vanity.

— The Red and the Black

They had seen “that woman who spelled the doom of Fyodor Karamazov and his unhappy son,” and they were quite puzzled to know “how such a plain, or in any case, by no means beautiful, low-class woman could have inspired such violent love in both the father and the son.”

— The Brothers Karamazov

Then the man goes to the woman and says: I love you.

— The Golden Notebook

If in earlier days Diotima had been wakened from her sleep and asked what she wanted, she would have answered, without having to stop and think, that the power of love in a living soul yearned to communicate itself to the whole world; but after being awake for a while she would have qualified this with the remark that in the modern world, such as it had become as a result of the superabundance of civilisation and intellect, it would, of course, be safer, even in the case of the noblest natures, to speak only of a striving analogous to the power of love.

— The Man Without Qualities

It was fine for those who had no daughters to talk that way; but the princess understood that in making friends her daughter might fall in love, and fall in love with someone who would not want to marry or who was not right as a husband.

— Anna Karenina

In the love of freedom, of equality and the brotherhood of man, it will find it…

— The Brothers Karamazov

O Lord, and I love You, and feel the joy without which the world cannot be.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Night after night tears cloud the jewels

Of this, my golden bracelet’s trim—

It shuttles up and down my arm, made slim

By love’s cruel wastage of my bow-scarred limbs.

— The Recognition of Śakuntalā

It was not counterfeit love the woman-in-love, that instinctive creature, repudiated, but it was love from fear, and the Anna who was afraid responded; we were two frightened creatures, loving through terror.

— The Golden Notebook

He had felt a flash like heaven’s own wayward love.

— The Sound of the Mountain

What’s my strongest need—being with one man, love, all that.

— The Golden Notebook

And you, you’ll take the money to her, and all you have to do is love me, not her, because if you ever think of loving her, I’ll strangle her.

— The Brothers Karamazov

“Is it possible that my rival has never returned his love!”

— The Red and the Black

He who accepted the cross out of His love for man said: ‘I am the good shepherd and I lay down my life for the sheep so that no one of them might be lost.’

— The Brothers Karamazov

And as the conversation resumed, Frédéric, as always, brought it round to his love for her.

— A Sentimental Education

In long-winded frenzy she asked him questions and more questions, now at the top of her lungs: Did he love her, had he been faithful, and so on.

— Journey to the End of the Night

And it was only out of pride that she responded to his feelings for her with love, a hysterical, twisted love made up of offended pride, a love that resembled revenge more than love.

— The Brothers Karamazov

She was not in love with Ulrich, not at all, she assured Walter when he raised the subject.

— The Man Without Qualities

“So it seems, my love, for you have as good as refused the pick of them; and if there’s better to be had, I’m sure there’s no girl better deserves it.”

— Middlemarch

Young people are always in such a hurry to go and make love, in such a rush to grab hold of anything that’s been advertised as a pleasure.

— Journey to the End of the Night

But he didn’t love money for its own sake.

— Dead Souls

Here are my politics: I love music and painting; a good book is an event for me; I’m going on forty-four.

— The Red and the Black

I know it’s not him I love; but even so, it’s fun to be with him, and he’s so nice.

— Anna Karenina

“If, as I have, you also doe,

Vertue attired in woman see,

And dare love that, and say so too,

And forget the He and She;

 

And if this love, though placed so,

From prophane men you hide,

Which will no faith on this bestow,

Or, if they doe, deride:

 

Then you have done a braver thing

Than all the Worthies did,

And a braver thence will spring,

Which is, to keep that hid.”

— Middlemarch

For once Swann could picture her to himself without revulsion, could see once again the friendliness in her smile, once the desire to tear her away from every rival was no longer imposed by his jealousy upon his love, that love became once again, more than anything, a taste for the sensations which Odette’s person gave him, for the pleasure he took in admiring a spectacle, or in examining a phenomenon, the dawn of one of her glances, the formation of one of her smiles, the emission of a particular vocal cadence.

— In Search of Lost Time

‘If you feel like it,’ replied Frédéric, slumped in a corner of the berline and watching the victoria disappear, with the dreadful feeling that something irreparable had just occurred and that he’d forfeited the great love of his life.

— A Sentimental Education

I love it when he looks down at me from the height of his grandeur: either he breaks off his clever conversation with me because I’m stupid, or he condescends to me.

— Anna Karenina

Very little presence, that’s the whole trick, especially in love.

— Journey to the End of the Night

It is possible that in order to keep love, feeling, tenderness alive, it will be necessary to feel these emotions ambiguously, even for what is false and debased, or for what is still an idea, a shadow in the willed imagination only … or if what we feel is pain, then we must feel it, acknowledging that the alternative is death.

— The Golden Notebook

Do not judge me because I love You, O Lord—vile as I am, I love You.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Love will satisfy only a moment in life, but the very awareness of its momentary nature will concentrate its flames, which before were diffused and made pale by the anticipation of eternal life beyond the grave…

— The Brothers Karamazov

I would be glad to give my life for the love of others, but it is too late now because I no longer have the life to sacrifice, and there is a chasm between that life and this existence.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I have talked of these things for sheer joy, and I beg you to forgive my tears, for I dearly love that book.

— The Brothers Karamazov
money

I had the impression that what with his little business he must be putting quite a lot of money aside.

— Journey to the End of the Night

The State spends money on every kind of foolishness, but hasn’t a copper to spare for solving the most important moral problems there are.

— The Man Without Qualities

Lydgate was no Puritan, but he did care for play, and winning money at it had always seemed a meanness to him; besides, he had an ideal of life which made this subservience of conduct to the gaining of small sums thoroughly hateful to him.

— Middlemarch

Money circulates close to his surface like the sap in a flower.

— The Man Without Qualities

I’d forgotten to tell you I have a brother, a sensible, stay-at-home money lender, a hypocritical church-goer, a real pillar of society….

— Zorba the Greek

‘They’ve got a lot of money, haven’t they?’

— A Sentimental Education

Whereupon the two brothers made all necessary arrangements, using his own money to see that he had an honourable funeral, and sending news of his death to the friars and asking them to come that evening to observe the customary vigil, and the following morning to take away the body.

— The Decameron

You see, why should someone who is in the know and is familiar with everything, such as me, for instance, someone who has seen the money before and who perhaps even helped put it into that envelope and watched how it was sealed and addressed—why should someone like that, if he happened to be the murderer, open the envelope, especially if he was in a great hurry, when he already knew for sure that the money was in there?

— The Brothers Karamazov

He stretched out his hand and I gave him a cigarette—he only smoked when I was at the village and would say, ‘we’re burning the government’s money.’

— Season of Migration to the North

He writes in it: ‘I will beg everybody for the money and if they turn me down, I’ll kill father and take the envelope tied with a pink ribbon that he keeps under his mattress.

— The Brothers Karamazov

His tremendous yearning for that money could have taken his breath away, and it was strengthened by his deep conviction that now he could do it with complete impunity.

— The Brothers Karamazov

If I needed the money, I could understand…

— In Search of Lost Time

Do not pay for anyone, do not treat them; instead try to behave in such a way that people will treat you—because, above all, you should hold on to your money, it’s the most reliable thing there is in this world.

— Dead Souls

And that was the three thousand rubles that I had in my pocket when I got to Grushenka’s and it was that money that I spent in Mokroye…

— The Brothers Karamazov

Such donations are usually a self-imposed penance and are always paid out of money earned by the person’s own labor.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Then we’ll all walk from one end of the alley to the other, so that suspicion doesn’t settle on any one quarter, and during that time the one who has the money will be able to throw it down without giving himself away.

— Children of Gebelawi

Moreover, you are the very last person I’d lend money to, because I like you and I feel I must save you, and the only place for you is the gold mines, the gold mines, and the gold mines…

— The Brothers Karamazov

Alas! he felt only too certain that with the money she had, or could easily procure, she would be able all the same to take a house at Bayreuth, since she wished to do so, she who was incapable of distinguishing between Bach and Clapisson.

— In Search of Lost Time

From today there are no chiefs to humiliate you and steal your money.

— Children of Gebelawi

He suggests you mail the money to your sister yourself, and he sends you his best regards.

— The Brothers Karamazov

‘Out with it, be honest, have you got the money or not?’

— A Sentimental Education

‘Not a cent,’ she said sadly, lifting her eyebrows, showing me the empty inside of her money purse.

— Lolita

On the other hand, although the man of today possesses in money, as Arnheim realised, the surest modern method of managing all relationships, yet in spite of the fact that this method can be as hard and accurate as a guillotine, it can also be as touchily sensitive as a sufferer from rheumatism—one need only think of the aching and limping of the money-market at the slightest cause—and is most delicately bound up with everything over which it rules.

— The Man Without Qualities

He never extorted protection money from anyone, nor did he strut about the world proudly, and he was merciful to the weak.

— Children of Gebelawi

Vronsky had indeed promised to go to Bryansky’s, nearly seven miles from Peterhof, and bring him money for the horses; he hoped he would have time to get there as well.

— Anna Karenina

He had no doubt been wondering for quite some time if it mightn’t be possible to make more and better use of me for the same money.

— Journey to the End of the Night

I am entirely without money just now, Mr. Karamazov; I have to fight for it constantly with the manager of my estates.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Naturally Batikha, chief of their new quarter, did not love him, partly because of his goodness and partly because he was not able to pay any protection money; but at the same time, he could find no excuse for attacking him.

— Children of Gebelawi

It can’t possibly be the money.

— The Golden Notebook

Sokolov wrote that it was impossible to sell the wheat, that the offer was only five and a half roubles, and there was nowhere else to get money.

— Anna Karenina

Find a place in one of your things that isn’t just share-pushing or promoting or money-making.

— The Golden Notebook

So we have here a second reason impelling him to hold on jealously to the money sewn in the bag, not to open the bag, and certainly not to fish out one hundred-ruble bill after another.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I know, by a word you let fall one day, that you don’t like my playing at cards so much for money.

— Middlemarch
death

Admittedly they hit each other over the head and spat at each other, but this they did only because of higher cultural considerations, just as it also happens that, for instance, a man who would not hurt a fly, if he were alone and eye to eye with it, when he is seated under the image of the Crucified One in a court of law will condemn another man to death.

— The Man Without Qualities

‘Mind the potatoes don’t roll away, or we’ll starve to death.’

— Children of Gebelawi

And as for small difficulties and worryings, prospects of sudden disaster, peril of life and limb; all these, and death itself, seem to him only sly, good-natured hits, and jolly punches in the side bestowed by the unseen and unaccountable old joker.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Knowing of her husband’s death, the lawyer had shown her some notes on the coal-mines and offered his services as business manager.

— A Sentimental Education

Thus, while in life the great whale’s body may have been a real terror to his foes, in his death his ghost becomes a powerless panic to a world.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

And many of them have been seen who, merely to test their manliness, according to their habits of upbringing, have at the age of seven endured being whipped to death, without changing expression.

— Essays

Some rising ground commanded the wide fields;

I climbed the top and gained a grandstand view

Of that strange chase; one moment the beast’s caught,

The next the death-wound’s missed him—he’s escaped.

— Metamorphoses

Between the liberty of the press and our life as gentlemen, there is a war to the death.

— The Red and the Black

The bunkers had got that name, antechambers of death, because, at night in particular, you left them only to be executed in that same courtyard, with a shot at the back of the neck.

— History

A pseudo-Prometheus who must, however, suffer very real tortures while he combats the dark forces of hunger cold, sickness and death.

— Zorba the Greek

To death I’ll follow!

— Metamorphoses

All—the detailed history of the future, the autobiographies of the archangels, the faithful catalog of the Library, thousands and thousands of false catalogs, the proof of the falsity of those false catalogs, a proof of the falsity of the true catalog, the gnostic gospel of Basilides, the commentary upon that gospel, the commentary on the commentary on that gospel, the true story of your death, the translation of every book into every language, the interpolations of every book into all books, the treatise Bede could have written (but did not) on the mythology of the Saxon people, the lost books of Tacitus.

— Ficciones

His departure had sparked off a tragic crisis and her despair had been compounded by her mother’s death.

— A Sentimental Education

Now, looking for the outlines of a story and finding, again and again, nothing but patterns of defeat, death, irony, she deliberately refuses them.

— The Golden Notebook

And by the same token there would be so much love that Death would be shut up inside it with tenderness, and Death would be so cosy-comfortable in there, the bitch, that she’d finally start enjoying herself, she’d get pleasure out of love along with everyone else.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Some of them did become tired of their evil rounds of birth and death, or took pity on their mothers, and stayed.

— Things Fall Apart

The death of so young a child was just an accident in her opinion, not the same as a normal death, which might have given her food for thought.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Suppose we could raise the life of the people to our level, would death stop hunting us?

— Children of Gebelawi

For months now, to tell the truth, the streets had been papered with proclamations printed on pink paper, which ordered all ablebodied men to present themselves for obligatory labor under pain of death; bot nobody obeyed, nobody heeded those edicts, by now they didn’t even read them any more.

— History

From that moment on, there was nothing we could do but exchange words about the dead man’s death.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Hamroush said:

‘We shall fight to the death.’

— Children of Gebelawi

The second event was, in August, the grandfather’s death.

— History

Children know the story of King Croesus in this connection, who, having been captured by Cyrus and condemned to death, on the point of execution cried out: “O Solon, Solon!”

— Essays

She suspected that her uncle’s scheme was disapproved by Mr. Casaubon, and this made it seem all the more opportune that a fresh understanding should be begun, so that instead of Will’s starting penniless and accepting the first function that offered itself, he should find himself in possession of a rightful income which should be paid by her husband during his life, and, by an immediate alteration of the will, should be secured at his death.

— Middlemarch

He may be starving to death, but hire him to work and he’ll do his best to muck it up, and then go and complain to the justice of the peace.

— Anna Karenina

“It is that you will let me know deliberately, whether, in case of my death, you will carry out my wishes: whether you will avoid doing what I should deprecate, and apply yourself to do what I should desire.”

— Middlemarch

Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

He said with bitter sarcasm:

‘We’d better barricade ourselves into the alley, so as to be safe from death.’

— Children of Gebelawi

——I would be picquetted to death, cried the corporal, as he concluded Susannah’s story, before I would suffer the woman to come to any harm,—’twas my fault, an’ please your honour,—not hers.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

In the beginning of his career, Mr. Casaubon had only held the living, but the death of his brother had put him in possession of the manor also.

— Middlemarch

Only one sweeter end can readily be recalled—the delicious death of an Ohio honey-hunter, who seeking honey in the crotch of a hollow tree, found such exceeding store of it, that leaning too far over, it sucked him in, so that he died embalmed.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

And I have just filled his cup to overflowing by shaming him with a dishonorable death.

— The Red and the Black

It seemed as though they had forgotten death which hovered round them.

— Children of Gebelawi