love
money
death
love

All the same, the result was that crime, love and melancholy had fused in her to form one circuit of ideas, one that was highly dangerous.

— The Man Without Qualities

In five or six minutes I felt slightly the end of her second finger——and presently it was laid flat with the other, and she continued rubbing in that way round and round for a good while; it then came into my head, that I should fall in love—I blush’d when I saw how white a hand she had—I shall never, an’ please your honour, behold another hand so white whilst I live——

The fair Beguine, said the corporal, continued rubbing with her whole hand under my knee—till I fear’d her zeal would weary her——“I would do a thousand times more,” said she, “for the love of Christ”——In saying which she pass’d her hand across the flannel, to the part above my knee, which I had equally complained of, and rubb’d it also.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

She began a better sister than a mother,

Determined to appease with blood the shades

Whose blood was hers, for love’s sake crushing love.

— Metamorphoses

For little Lo was aware of that glow of hers, and I would often catch her coulant un regard in the direction of some amiable male, some grease monkey, with a sinewy golden-brown forearm and watch-braceleted wrist, and hardly had I turned my back to go and buy this very Lo a lollipop, than I would hear her and the fair mechanic burst into a perfect love song of wisecracks.

— Lolita

I cannot prevent your being angry, as a father; but love me always, as a friend.

— The Red and the Black

There is no sorrow I have thought more about than that—to love what is great, and try to reach it, and yet to fail.

— Middlemarch

“What! can this be love!” she kept asking herself, “could I have fallen in love!

— The Red and the Black

“To love life more than the meaning of life?”

— The Brothers Karamazov

“I haven’t a single illusion,” she would tell him, even at those times when she dared give herself completely to her love.

— The Red and the Black

And now Alyosha found a new meaning in Mrs. Khokhlakov’s assertion that Katerina was really in love with Ivan but that she was denying it, playing some sort of a game with herself, trying to “break her own heart” by pretending to herself that she was in love with Dmitry, out of some sort of gratitude.

— The Brothers Karamazov

But can he love?

— Anna Karenina

‘Then we should find some artificial inoculation against love, as with smallpox.’

— Anna Karenina

And Jimmy said: ‘You love me Jackson, don’t you, you love me, none of the others love me.’

— The Golden Notebook

And his hatred, like his love, needing to manifest itself in action, he took pleasure in urging his evil imaginings further and further, because, thanks to the perfidies of which he accused Odette, he detested her still more, and would be able, if it turned out—as he tried to convince himself—that she was indeed guilty of them, to take the opportunity of punishing her, and of venting his mounting rage on her.

— In Search of Lost Time

And whatever they may reveal of the divine love in the Son, the soft, curled, hermaphroditical Italian pictures, in which his idea has been most successfully embodied; these pictures, so destitute as they are of all brawniness, hint nothing of any power, but the mere negative, feminine one of submission and endurance, which on all hands it is conceded, form the peculiar practical virtues of his teachings.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

They were bound to each other by a love stronger than any impulses which could have marred it.

— Middlemarch

‘Did I never give her love!’ cried Miss Havisham, turning wildly to me.

— Great Expectations

What a distraction for love!

— The Red and the Black

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

— The Brothers Karamazov

Headlong into work, wine, love—everything, and I’d fear neither God nor devil!

— Zorba the Greek

He felt that love saved him from despair and that under the threat of despair this love was becoming still stronger and purer.

— Anna Karenina

Love may be the most intense joy on earth.

— Zorba the Greek

Papa was afraid of him, Mama egged him on, and I began to fall in love with him.

— The Man Without Qualities

Down he went and I then, Mike, then cradled him, baby, I-love-you, friendship in the jungle city, friendship of young youth.

— The Golden Notebook

He was, in fact, obliged to the love he had inspired, and to the unexpected impression her seductive charms had made on him, for a conquest that all his clumsy maneuvering could never have brought off.

— The Red and the Black

For they all stood up and invited him to accompany them into a cool walled garden, where they plied him with excellent wines and sweetmeats, and eventually they asked him, charmingly and with good grace, how it came about that he had fallen in love with this fair lady, when he was well aware that she was being courted by many a handsome, well-bred and sprightly young admirer.

— The Decameron

Well! dear brother Toby, said my father, upon his first seeing him after he fell in love—and how goes it with your ASSE?

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

At twenty a young man’s heart, if he has any breeding, is a thousand leagues removed from that casualness without which love is often no more than the most tedious of duties.

— The Red and the Black

The little phrase continued to be associated in Swann’s mind with his love for Odette.

— In Search of Lost Time

Reason could not discover love for the other, because it’s unreasonable.

— Anna Karenina

Mack was declaring: ‘For the love of Gottlieb, just look at the people here.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

It was true that she had been fond of the brother-in-law, a handsome man, but she had also been in love with her sister, so beautiful a woman as to make it difficult to believe that the two could have had the same mother.

— The Sound of the Mountain

And the love that had brought him to this house and to the room of the snake charmer; how could he know he would live to divulge his secret feelings?

— Children of Gebelawi
money

But just as he had tried opium, so his thought now began to turn upon gambling—not with appetite for its excitement, but with a sort of wistful inward gaze after that easy way of getting money, which implied no asking and brought no responsibility.

— Middlemarch

From further questioning, it transpired that Grushenka knew Dmitry had taken the money from Katerina.

— The Brothers Karamazov

At this Anna let out a snort of laughter—the lords and ladies being so irrelevant to the sort of money Richard controlled.

— The Golden Notebook

And he told her everything: how he had been sent to their father’s to get the money from him, how Dmitry had broken into the house, how he had given his father a brutal beating, and how, after that, he had again reminded Alyosha to go to see her—Katerina—and give her his regards.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And Franz wants to get up and about, he eats and drinks what he’s given, and he doesn’t ask where they get the money from.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

In the darkness we talked about Europe and the meals you can order if you’ve got the money, not to mention the drinks! so deliciously cool!

— Journey to the End of the Night

But as he put his hack into a canter, that he might get the sooner home, and tell the good news to Rosamond, and get cash at the bank to pay over to Dover’s agent, there crossed his mind, with an unpleasant impression, as from a dark-winged flight of evil augury across his vision, the thought of that contrast in himself which a few months had brought—that he should be overjoyed at being under a strong personal obligation—that he should be overjoyed at getting money for himself from Bulstrode.

— Middlemarch

Yet she could see him, clearly, putting money on a mantlepiece.

— The Golden Notebook

Well, I know for a fact that at that time he had no money whatsoever.

— The Brothers Karamazov

It takes the greatest care to provide money for educational and research institutions, but never too much money, only such as is in appropriate subordinate proportion to the sums it expends on entertainment, motor-cars, and armaments.

— The Man Without Qualities

Then he sent for the Englishman and for the moneylender, and divided the money he had available into payments.

— Anna Karenina

In which Franz swears to all the world and himself, to remain decent in Berlin, money or not

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

That fellow who, last summer, went to town to collect the wages for the whole office and later claimed that he had got drunk and lost the money—remember him, sir?

— The Brothers Karamazov

But the news that Lydgate had all at once become able not only to get rid of the execution in his house but to pay all his debts in Middlemarch was spreading fast, gathering round it conjectures and comments which gave it new body and impetus, and soon filling the ears of other persons besides Mr. Hawley, who were not slow to see a significant relation between this sudden command of money and Bulstrode’s desire to stifle the scandal of Raffles.

— Middlemarch

If I amass money, it is only in the hope of using it soon; not to buy lands that I have no use for, but to buy pleasure.

— Essays

And she wrote what she considered the most judicious letter possible—one which would strike Sir Godwin as a proof of her excellent sense—pointing out how desirable it was that Tertius should quit such a place as Middlemarch for one more fitted to his talents, how the unpleasant character of the inhabitants had hindered his professional success, and how in consequence he was in money difficulties, from which it would require a thousand pounds thoroughly to extricate him.

— Middlemarch

Deslauriers replied that he hadn’t got any money.

— A Sentimental Education

It was worth any money to see Wemmick waving a salute to me from the other side of the moat, when we might have shaken hands across it with the greatest ease.

— Great Expectations

Zechariah gave his nephew some money—most of it borrowed—to get himself ready for the wedding.

— Children of Gebelawi

Your money would have held out for that, and there would have been a surer ladder before you.

— Middlemarch

Daabas hit him hard, and screeched:

‘My money! Before I break your bones!’

— Children of Gebelawi

All those people make their money, as our old tax farmers used to, in a way that earns them people’s contempt.

— Anna Karenina

But, on the other hand, I think it would be helpful if you wrote three lines in your own hand to the effect that you never gave any money to Dmitry Karamazov … just in case it should come up.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Through the shadowy streets

The gypsy old women flee

Dragging their sleepy nags,

Clutching their money crocks.

— Gypsy Ballads

It occurs to me that you’re so extraordinary about money because of your bohemian phase in the ’thirties?

— The Golden Notebook

Never has vanity at grips with everything that is most sour and meanest about the paltry love of money reduced a man to a sorrier state of mind than that M. de Rênal was in when he entered the cabaret.

— The Red and the Black

But then we figured that considering the amount of money we had brought with us, the Chabanais would be too expensive.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Anyway there’s no money, just tokens, and we pay your rent, you’re happy with your accommodation aren’t you?

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

I’ve seen money in my time.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Mikhailov, excited by his visitors, now found the talk of money very unpleasant.

— Anna Karenina

So many fears had been lived through, so many thoughts thought, so much money spent, so many confrontations with her husband when the older two, Darya and Natalya, were being married!

— Anna Karenina

You seem to have got through your own money pretty quickly, and to have made a mess where you are: the sooner you go somewhere else the better.

— Middlemarch

Paul had expected the drink to be on the house—a reward for a hero, so to speak; but Mr Boothby held out his hand for the money with a long narrowed stare, as if to say: ‘Yes, I know it’s not a joke, and you’d have made a fool of me if you could.’

— The Golden Notebook
death

They flayed him alive and he died a martyr’s death, praising and glorifying Christ.

— The Brothers Karamazov

You have just saved a man from violent death, from a bullet…

— The Brothers Karamazov

He had ridden through the valley of death, been shattered and shivered; and now she flew in the face of facts, made his children hope what was utterly out of the question, in effect, told lies.

— To the Lighthouse

He added, that he shuddered at the thought of being buried in his hammock, according to the usual sea-custom, tossed like something vile to the death-devouring sharks.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

There was nothing but darkness, and beyond darkness, death.

— Children of Gebelawi

And they say that this rule was first put into practice by the legislator Charondas; and that before his time the laws of Greece punished by death those who had fled from a battle, whereas he ordained merely that they should be placed in the public square for three days, dressed in women’s clothes; hoping still to be able to use them after having brought back their courage by this shame.

— Essays

I was so sick, I was clenched up into a ball of painful muscles, while the bullets flew and spattered, and for a moment I blacked out and revisited my nightmare where I knew, but really knew, how war waited, me running down the emptied street of white dirtied buildings in a silent city but filled with human beings silent with waiting, while somewhere close the small, ugly container of death exploded, soft, soft, it exploded into the waiting silence, spread death, crumbling the buildings, breaking the substance of life, disintegrating the structure of flesh, while I screamed, soundless, no one hearing, just as all the other human beings in the silent buildings screamed, no one hearing.

— The Golden Notebook

He sometimes takes the great Folio whales by the lip, and hangs there like a leech, till the mighty brute is worried to death.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Voice of death resounding

Around the Guadalquivir,

Old voices closing around

The voice of the male carnation.

— Gypsy Ballads

The leaping blade lodged in its owner’s throat,

Yet not a blow of power enough to cause

His death.

— Metamorphoses

She went up to Alexei Alexandrovich and with the familiarity that comes from the nearness of death took him by the arm and led him to the bedroom.

— Anna Karenina

But when a man has acquired a certain ability to subsist, even rather scantily, in a certain niche with the help of a few grimaces, he must either keep at it or resign himself to dying the death of a guinea pig.

— Journey to the End of the Night

——I would serve him to the day of my death out of love.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

He did not believe in death generally and especially not in her death, though Lydia Ivanovna had told him and his father had confirmed it, and therefore, even after he was told that she was dead, he looked for her during his walks.

— Anna Karenina

In death, which he had been told about so often, Seryozha totally refused to believe.

— Anna Karenina

I once heard a prince, a very great captain, maintain that a soldier could not be condemned to death for faintheartedness; he had just been told the story at table of the trial of the seigneur de Vervins, who was condemned to death for having surrendered Boulogne.

— Essays

Though the girls have gone to specialists, a lack of sexual knowledge has produced the horrifying results of death in .2 per cent of the cases and serious illness in 2.5 per cent.

— The Sound of the Mountain

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

How often, feeling myself despondent and near death, have I sought refuge with you, the road, and how generously you have rescued and saved me on each occasion!

— Dead Souls

You’ll be the death of me yet, mother!

— The Brothers Karamazov

Now, I (being very thin) think differently; and that so much of motion, is so much of life, and so much of joy——and that to stand still, or get on but slowly, is death and the devil——

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

So life, death, eternity, are simple matters for anyone who has faculties huge enough to comprehend them…

— The Red and the Black

“Of death.”

— Zorba the Greek

And thus, in the gloom and death of the night, we stared at one another.

— Great Expectations

A lucky draw might bring about a man’s elevation to the council of the magi or the imprisonment of his enemy (secret, or known by all to be so), or might allow him to find, in the peaceful dimness of his room, the woman who would begin to disturb him, or whom he had never hoped to see again; an unlucky draw: mutilation, dishonor of many kinds, death itself.

— Ficciones

And Swann felt a very cordial sympathy with the sultan Mahomet II whose portrait by Bellini he admired, who, on finding that he had fallen madly in love with one of his wives, stabbed her to death in order, as his Venetian biographer artlessly relates, to recover his peace of mind.

— In Search of Lost Time

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

‘It’s just a matter of luck that I haven’t been tortured, murdered, starved to death, or died in a prison.’

— The Golden Notebook

Moreover, by the bed in his room he kept some flasks of wine, which made him nasty drunk: he would suddenly come out of the door, lumbering, as if on a deck in a storm, shouting insults and obscenities; or else yelling: Death! Death!! Death!!!

— History

My vengeance is my guilt:

Death must be paid with death, crime piled on crime,

Bloodshed on bloodshed.

— Metamorphoses

No sooner had the one mystery of death been accomplished before his eyes, and gone unfathomed, than another arose, equally unfathomed, which called to love and life.

— Anna Karenina

And what had an exact bearing on Moosbrugger, on this particular Moosbrugger and none other, this one who was for the time being housed upon these particular seven square yards of the world, his food, surveillance, treatment according to official instructions, removal to a penitentiary life or to death—all this was deputed to a comparatively small group of people who had a completely different attitude.

— The Man Without Qualities

Again my mind, with its former inconceivable rapidity, had exhausted the whole subject of the attack upon my sister, her illness, and her death, before his slow and hesitating speech had formed these words.

— Great Expectations