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love

“How can I,” he wondered, “love them, bring them up, and teach them about good and evil, when I have shed blood?”

— The Brothers Karamazov

I’m happy in her love, but I must be occupied.

— Anna Karenina

So, without knowing it yourself, you may thus have sown an evil seed, which perhaps will sprout within the child, and all simply because you failed to control yourself before the child, because you failed to cultivate within yourself a considerate and active love for others.

— The Brothers Karamazov

His love and his happiness increased as rapidly as the moment of battle receded; he was already at the stage of blaming himself.

— The Red and the Black

“I love to swim in the sea,’ I told him.

— Pedro Páramo

‘Poor unfortunate man!’ thought Levin, and tears came to his eyes from love and pity for the man.

— Anna Karenina

I was not so crazy after all to fall in love with him.

— The Red and the Black

“Ah! let her love me for a week, only a week,” Julien murmured to himself, “and I will die of happiness.

— The Red and the Black

Do you know, Anna, I love that woman, I love that woman so much that …

— The Golden Notebook

In all disputes,——male or female,——whether for honour, for profit or for love,—it makes no difference in the case;—nothing is more dangerous, madam, than a wish coming sideways in this unexpected manner upon a man: the safest way in general to take off the force of the wish, is, for the party wished at, instantly to get up upon his legs—and wish the wisher something in return, of pretty near the same value,——so balancing the account upon the spot, you stand as you were—nay sometimes gain the advantage of the attack by it.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

And he still lay with his hands on her arms, and she could feel the warmth of them right through her body, and his eyes, warm and full of love for her, were a few inches above hers.

— The Golden Notebook

At present, I hope I shall be sufficiently understood, in telling the reader, my uncle Toby fell in love:

—Not that the phrase is at all to my liking: for to say a man is fallen in love,—or that he is deeply in love,—or up to the ears in love,—and sometimes even over head and ears in it,—carries an idiomatical kind of implication, that love is a thing below a man:—this is recurring again to Plato’s opinion, which, with all his divinityship,—I hold to be damnable and heretical;—and so much for that.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

His old love revived.

— A Sentimental Education

“Do you know, Karamazov, all this sounds a bit like a declaration of love,” Kolya said shyly, with a strange languor.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Behind this policy he saw Hoda’s sad face and her faithful mother-love.

— Children of Gebelawi

As the different circumstances that bring us into contact with certain people do not coincide with the period in which we are in love with them, but, overlapping it, may occur before the love has begun, and may be repeated after it has ended, the earliest appearances in our lives of a person who is destined to take our fancy later on assume retrospectively in our eyes a certain value as an indication, a warning, a presage.

— In Search of Lost Time

“I know you are now in love with another woman, and I myself am in love with another man, but nevertheless I’ll always love you and you’ll always love me.

— The Brothers Karamazov

It was, as Paul would explain, ‘obligatory in the times we live in to be in love with as many people as possible.’

— The Golden Notebook

In the past, having often thought with terror that a day must come when he would cease to be in love with Odette, he had determined to keep a sharp look-out, and as soon as he felt that love was beginning to leave him, to cling to it and hold it back.

— In Search of Lost Time

‘My mother,’ she used to tell him, ‘would go mad and my father would kill me if they knew I was in love with a black man, but I don’t care.’

— Season of Migration to the North

“Take pocketfuls of love besides to them all at home,” was her last word before he closed the outer door on himself.

— Middlemarch

Well, we’ll fight then, but I’ll love her, love her no end…

— The Brothers Karamazov

She, too successful, happy in her ruin,

Doomed by her lover’s generosity,

Answered ‘Give me yourself in the same grace

As when your Juno holds you to her breast

In love’s embrace.’

— Metamorphoses

We must add that, in saying this, he had also in mind a certain French soap that imparted an extraordinary whiteness to the skin and a freshness to the cheeks; he couldn’t remember the name for love or money, but, according to his conjectures, it was to be found near the frontier.

— Dead Souls

You’re just like everyone else, Sadek; you see love only as a means of exploitation.

— Children of Gebelawi

“Does that always make people fall in love?” she answered carelessly; “it seems to me quite as often a reason for detesting each other.”

— Middlemarch

I’m sorry for him, and that doesn’t go well with love.

— The Brothers Karamazov

‘Love,’ he said, sentimental as a schoolboy, ‘is international.’

— The Golden Notebook

I want to love you as long as I live.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And this malady which Swann’s love had become had so proliferated, was so closely interwoven with all his habits, with all his actions, with his thoughts, his health, his sleep, his life, even with what he hoped for after his death, was so utterly inseparable from him, that it would have been impossible to eradicate it without almost entirely destroying him; as surgeons say, his love was no longer operable.

— In Search of Lost Time

Levin took this occasion to convey to Yegor his thought that the main thing in marriage was love, and that with love one was always happy, because happiness exists only in oneself.

— Anna Karenina

If the maid-servant of his lady love had told him right off that her mistress was in Mokroye with her ‘first and rightful’ lover, nothing would have happened.

— The Brothers Karamazov

She reserved the name of love for that heroic sentiment alone which was to be met with in France in the time of Henry III and Bassompierre.

— The Red and the Black
money

He practised on her affection in that systematic way, that he got great sums of money from her, and he induced her to buy her brother out of a share in the brewery (which had been weakly left him by his father) at an immense price, on the plea that when he was her husband he must hold and manage it all.

— Great Expectations

Having provided him with some very old clothes and filled his purse with money, she then explained which road he must take on entering the fortress in order to find his servant, and finally she let him out by the postern through which he had entered, imploring him to keep their encounter a secret.

— The Decameron

I will go so far as to say that, not having money for its motive, my crime will not be considered in the least dishonorable.

— The Red and the Black

I have neither any real fear that my money will run out, nor any desire of increasing it: The fruit of riches is abundance, and sufficiency declares abundance [Cicero}.

— Essays

It was generally known in Middlemarch that a good deal of money was lost and won in this way; and the consequent repute of the Green Dragon as a place of dissipation naturally heightened in some quarters the temptation to go there.

— Middlemarch

He had not wanted to believe that the three faces suddenly staring out of the night at him in anger and contempt were only after his money, but gave himself up to a feeling that it was hatred that had here condensed and materialised against him.

— The Man Without Qualities

I earned my money.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

And, on the other hand, we are faced with your incomprehensible, stubborn, almost obdurate refusal to reveal the source of the money that suddenly appeared in your hands when only three hours earlier you had had to pawn your pistols to obtain ten rubles—by your own admission!

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

— The Man Without Qualities

Perhaps she did not realize how sincere he had been with her during their quarrel, when he had told her that he would not send her any money and would do everything he could to hurt her.

— In Search of Lost Time

Do they pretend that he named the man who lent me the money?

— Middlemarch

He had occasionally sent money to Aihara’s mother.

— The Sound of the Mountain

And yet, I repeat, we weren’t playing for money, only for fun and glory …

— Journey to the End of the Night

And so, having decided to commit the crime, he goes and reveals all the details about the money to another person—the accused—who, he knows, is extremely interested in that money, and he initiates him into every secret: where the money is hidden, what is written on the envelope, how to knock on the door to be let in—the secret knocking code that would enable him to get inside the house, which is the most important.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I know all my property, and where the money’s put out, and everything.

— Middlemarch

When he came to the sale of his watch for six rubles, of which his interrogators had not even heard, the story elicited great interest and, to Mitya’s immense indignation, they insisted on having it written down in great detail, as they felt it would further establish the fact that at that time Mitya had no money whatsoever.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I must do as other men do, and think what will please the world and bring in money; look for a little opening in the London crowd, and push myself; set up in a wateringplace, or go to some southern town where there are plenty of idle English, and get myself puffed,—that is the sort of shell I must creep into and try to keep my soul alive in.

— Middlemarch

“The most important thing now is to convince him that he’s on equal footing with us even though he has accepted money from us,” Alyosha went on hopefully.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Her son kept his mother’s money, a small pension.

— Journey to the End of the Night

We would rather work for our money.

— Middlemarch

Very good, some subtle observers may object, and what if the two of them acted in concert, what if they murdered him together and shared the money afterward?

— The Brothers Karamazov

Lydgate’s odious humors and their neighbors’ apparent avoidance of them had an unaccountable date for her in their relief from money difficulties.

— Middlemarch

This age worshipped money, order, knowledge, calculating, measuring, and weighing—all in all, that is, the spirit of money and its kin—and at the same time deplored this.

— The Man Without Qualities

She asked him if he hoped to earn money and he replied that he wanted to clean the alley up and did not care about money.

— Children of Gebelawi

‘Stiva says it’s much better to give them money,’ Dolly meanwhile continued the interesting conversation they had begun about the best way of giving presents to servants, ‘but …’

— Anna Karenina

Concealing all that, she said that it was on her own impulse that she ran to the young officer’s lodgings, hoping somehow that she would be able to convince him to lend her the money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Far from losing her head in these miscellaneous gatherings, Madame Herote turned them to her advantage, first in terms of money, since she levied a tithe on all sentimental transactions, but also through her enjoyment of all the lovemaking that went on around her.

— Journey to the End of the Night

What do you want to give me money for?

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Mme. de Dubois is very much wrapped up in herself, like all women upon whom heaven has bestowed either too much nobility or too much money.

— The Red and the Black

And what about the money?

— The Brothers Karamazov

By demanding money from him they put him, furthermore, into a position antagonistic to the nature of money; for the will of this nature is set on increase, just as animal nature is set on procreation.

— The Man Without Qualities

Truly it was impossible to dissociate her presence from all those wretched hankerings after money and gentility that had disturbed my boyhood—from all those ill-regulated aspirations that had first made me ashamed of home and Joe—from all those visions that had raised her face in the glowing fire, struck it out of the iron on the anvil, extracted it from the darkness of night to look in at the wooden window of the forge and flit away.

— Great Expectations

I don’t think I spend on anything unnecessary, but the money just goes.

— Anna Karenina
death

The harsh sentences passed by the Roman people on the soldiers who had escaped from Cannae, and on those who accompanied Cn. Fulvius to his defeat, in that same war, did not go so far as death.

— Essays

Mlle. de La Mole learned of the Marquis de Croisenois’ death.

— The Red and the Black

The two women were running to and fro in the death chamber, chanting their mirologues while they feverishly rummaged in every little corner.

— Zorba the Greek

And I foresee a long delay, for, my dear fellow, how should we learn of your death?

— The Red and the Black

My mother and my uncle Toby expected my father would be the death of Obadiah—and that there never would be an end of the disaster.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Thinking of it now, Ivan felt stunned: he had never tried to convince her that Mitya was the murderer, on the contrary, he had shared with her his suspicion that he himself was guilty of his father’s death when he had returned from his visit to Smerdyakov.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Exhausted then and dying, these few words

She forced herself to murmur: “By our vows

Of wedlock, by the gods of home and heaven,

By my deserts, if I have well deserved,

By my death’s cause, my own still-living love,

I beg you, I implore you, not to take

Zephyr to be your wife in place of me.”

— Metamorphoses

Between them and us stands our fear, which will weigh on us until this thing ends one way or another and we can get back together, in death or life, with the other motherfuckers of this world.

— Journey to the End of the Night

He said with bitter sarcasm:

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

— Children of Gebelawi

Music sung by French singers bored her to death, and yet Julien, who made it his duty to watch the crowd coming out of the opera, noted that she had herself taken there as often as possible.

— The Red and the Black

But I was sure about me, about everything, surer than he could ever be, sure of my life and sure of the death I had waiting for me.

— The Stranger

Does not this whole head seem to speak of an enormous practical resolution in facing death?

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

With what a grieved and humbugging look he pronounced the verdict, which carries a death sentence!

— The Red and the Black

Perseus turned

On him the blade Medusa’s death had proved

And plunged it in his breast; then, as he died,

His eyes that swam in death’s dark night looked round

For Athis, and he lay down by his side,

Solaced among the shades to share his death.

— Metamorphoses

“My dear, she’s as lifeless as a statue; she’s as colorless as death!”

— Dead Souls

“These people will be the death of me,” the Director predicted with a sigh and slumped back into his armchair that was covered with dirty, rumpled, yellow canvas.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Julien had slept well, he was quite calm, and felt nothing more than a philosophical pity for the envious crowd which, without cruelty, would soon be applauding his death sentence.

— The Red and the Black

A whole world was appearing before me, composed of compassion, renunciation and air: Buddha’s mansions, the women in the harem, the golden coach, the three fateful encounters—with the old man, with the sick man, with death; the flight, the ascetic life, the deliverance, the proclaiming of salvation.

— Zorba the Greek

He had certain feelings of guilt for having continued to be drawn to the sister even after she was married, and the sister’s death and Yasuko’s marriage had disturbed her brother-in-law.

— The Sound of the Mountain

‘Of death.’

— The Golden Notebook

But I must remind you that, here too, you are faced with a matter of life and death for a man!

— The Brothers Karamazov

I don’t imagine they can know everything about Gebelawi, his origin, his estate, his dealings with his sons, his contacts with Gebel and Rifaa and Kassem, and be ignorant about his death alone.

— Children of Gebelawi

No, not even with death.

— The Book of Disquiet

Tell me, when this same Pequod here had her three masts overboard in that typhoon on Japan, that same voyage when thou went mate with Captain Ahab, did’st thou not think of Death and the Judgment then?

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

All the speakers seized the opportunity to inveigh against socialism, which had led to Monsieur Dambreuse’s death.

— A Sentimental Education

From the accounts of his various suppliers, Frédéric realized that he’d soon have to pay bills amounting to about forty thousand francs, not including death duties, which would be over thirty-seven thousand, and as the money was in landed property, he wrote off to his solicitor in Le Havre telling him to dispose of part of it, to enable him to clear his debts and have some cash in hand.

— A Sentimental Education

On the green grass

He drooped his weary head, and those bright eyes

That loved their master’s beauty closed in death.

— Metamorphoses

My father had certainly sunk under this evil, as certainly as he had done under that of my CHRISTIAN NAME—had he not been rescued out of it as he was out of that, by a fresh evil—the misfortune of my brother Bobby’s death.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

He was drinking himself to death, so Jimmy said; but I think this was put in simply to round off the picture; because he would also show us poems written by the old man; and he was probably secretly very proud of him.

— The Golden Notebook

I remember his death as a grave silence during the first meals we ate after learning about it.

— The Book of Disquiet

(The father, Amphion, had already plunged

A dagger in his heart and by his death

Ended both life and grief.)

— Metamorphoses

The death of a young man who had not known he was going to commit suicide until the moment of death, when he understood that he had in fact been preparing for it, and in great detail, for months.

— The Golden Notebook

He said:

‘The truth is that they’re suffering a degradation worse than death, and several of them have been killed.’

— Children of Gebelawi