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love

Oh, I love the aspirations of my ardent young friends, trembling with eagerness to live!

— The Brothers Karamazov

Doubtless he fell in love with her at first sight and she with him.

— Season of Migration to the North

Why, I want to stand guilty before everybody and everything, although I can’t explain to you why, because I don’t even know how to love them.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Your whole future, you who are in love, sir, hinges on that great problem: Is this a prude who is weary of her trade, and ill-natured because she is unhappy?

— The Red and the Black

But rumors about a beautiful young milliner, who was madly in love and had come to Besançon from Paris to comfort the young abbé Julien Sorel, spread throughout the town.

— The Red and the Black

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

Love man in his sin too, for such love resembles God’s love, the highest possible form of love on earth.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And just as, before kissing Odette for the first time, he had sought to imprint upon his memory the face that for so long had been familiar before it was altered by the additional memory of their kiss, so he could have wished—in thought at least—to have been able to bid farewell, while she still existed, to the Odette who had aroused his love and jealousy, to the Odette who had caused him to suffer, and whom now he would never see again.

— In Search of Lost Time

“I think you must know what I feel for Mary, Mr. Garth: I hope it does not displease you that I have always loved her better than any one else, and that I shall never love any one as I love her.”

— Middlemarch

‘Hey I love this bastard,’ gasped Dave, throwing a punch to Buddy’s midriff and Buddy, fore-arm stopping it said: ‘Jeez, I love him.’

— The Golden Notebook

That I would love the one person who has proved to me that I am a fool.

— The Red and the Black

A man, you know, may fall in love with physical beauty, with a woman’s body, maybe even with just a bit of that body.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I wanted to be able to love a woman once in my life without having to give something back in return.

— The Golden Notebook

And finally you will love the whole world with a total, universal love.

— The Brothers Karamazov

For, although I now no longer thought of anything save not to let a single day pass without seeing Gilberte (so much so that once, when my grandmother had not come home by dinner-time, I could not resist the instinctive reflection that if she had been run over in the street and killed, I should not for some time be allowed to play in the Champs-Elysées; when one is in love one has no love left for anyone) yet those moments which I spent in her company, for which I had waited so impatiently all night and morning, for which I had quivered with excitement, to which I would have sacrificed everything else in the world, were by no means happy moments; and well did I know it, for they were the only moments in my life on which I concentrated a scrupulous, unflagging attention, and yet could not discover in them one atom of pleasure.

— In Search of Lost Time

I’d forgotten what it was like to be in love like this, so that a step on the stair makes one’s heart beat, and the warmth of his shoulder against my palm is all the joy there is in life.

— The Golden Notebook

It was some such feeling of completeness perhaps which, ten years ago, standing almost where she stood now, had made her say that she must be in love with the place.

— To the Lighthouse

We loved each other with a premature love, marked by a fierceness that so often destroys adult lives.

— Lolita

At the moment I knew my love was as hopeless as ever — and I also knew the two girls were conspirators, plotting in Basque, or Zemfirian, against my hopeless love.

— Lolita

I can understand that he could never love me.

— Anna Karenina

While they had been apart, and with that surge of love she had been feeling all the time recently, she had imagined him as a four-year-old boy, the way she had loved him most.

— Anna Karenina

“You are beautiful beyond description,” she said, speaking in Arabic, “and the love I have for you is beyond description.”

— Season of Migration to the North

And at once I fell in love with her, for if it is sometimes enough to make us love a woman that she should look on us with contempt, as I supposed Mlle Swann to have done, and that we should think that she can never be ours, sometimes, too, it is enough that she should look on us kindly, as Mme de Guermantes was doing, and that we should think of her as almost ours already.

— In Search of Lost Time

At first it was only out of compassion that he concerned himself with the newborn, weak little girl, who was not his daughter and who was neglected during her mother’s illness and would probably have died if he had not looked after her — and he did not notice how he came to love her.

— Anna Karenina

For him she was the one island not only of kindly disposition but of love amidst the sea of hostility and mockery that surrounded him.

— Anna Karenina

And, noticing as he drove home that the moon had now changed its position relatively to his own and was almost touching the horizon, feeling that his love, too, was obedient to these immutable natural laws, he asked himself whether this period upon which he had entered would last much longer, whether presently his mind’s eye would cease to behold that beloved face save as occupying a distant and diminished position, and on the verge of ceasing to shed on him the radiance of its charm.

— In Search of Lost Time

So these days, no one knows how to express their love, particularly to those women … who are … very clever …’

— A Sentimental Education

There is nothing that so inflames civilised love as the flattering discovery that one has the power to drive another human being into an ecstasy in which he or she behaves so crazily that one would positively have to become a murderer in order to produce such changes by any other means.

— The Man Without Qualities

From the moment Ella meets Paul and loves him, from the moment she uses the word love, there is the birth of naivety.

— The Golden Notebook

The smell of smoke was in my nostrils as she said to me “I love you, my darling,” and as I said to her “I love you, my darling,” and the universe, with its past, present and future, was gathered together into a single point before and after which nothing existed.

— Season of Migration to the North

‘I love mankind,’ he said, ‘but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love individual people.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Not did it worry her at all that all the complicated psychological attitudes were hardly on the same level as: ‘Of course I never loved him,’ with its corollary that: ‘I love Paul.’

— The Golden Notebook

‘I love you,’ she writes, ‘I love you madly.

— The Brothers Karamazov
money

The thought of Frédéric’s money made him angry.

— A Sentimental Education

“But he may have been looking for money, my dear, and we all thought of your having a pretty legacy as well as Fred;—and now everything is so dreadful—there’s no pleasure in thinking of anything, with that poor boy disappointed as he is.”

— Middlemarch

If I told you where I had got the money, it would be a disgrace that would be even worse for me than killing and robbing my father—if I had done it, I mean.

— The Brothers Karamazov

“I’ve saved up money!” he cried out suddenly.

— The Red and the Black

Among these were the name of a banking-house in New South Wales where a sum of money was, and the designation of certain lands of considerable value.

— Great Expectations

Sell them to me, and I’ll pay you money for them.

— Dead Souls

My worldly affairs began to wear a gloomy appearance and I was pressed for money by more than one creditor.

— Great Expectations

He was a good and humane man, who gave his medical services free to the poor, visiting them in their huts and hovels, and even leaving them money to buy the medicines he prescribed.

— The Brothers Karamazov

In that case, I could see and touch the money, and I could not deny its existence, which is very different from the case at hand.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I’ve put away money, only for you to spend.

— Great Expectations

But indulging your children is one thing, and finding money to pay their debts is another.

— Middlemarch

But all I know about him is that he was a man who brought me some money that he owed me for a length of cloth I had sold him.

— The Decameron

Gentlemen, my money was lost in your alley.

— Children of Gebelawi

Everything unrelated to making money is infinitely beyond him.

— Journey to the End of the Night

At first he thought he would stay to supervise the loading of the supplies that were to follow Dmitry to Mokroye, for he was sure that they would try to cheat Mitya and not give him his money’s worth in food and wine.

— The Brothers Karamazov

We spent as much money as we could, and got as little for it as people could make up their minds to give us.

— Great Expectations

He said the reason he finally left his job in Hollywood was because there wasn’t anybody left in it who was capable of believing that a writer would refuse money rather than have a bad film made.

— The Golden Notebook

I don’t want to spend that money, mother.

— Middlemarch

You take money like a lord; I suppose you lose it like one.

— Middlemarch

‘Money’s not the point,’ said Molly.

— The Golden Notebook

I’ll get money tomorrow and pay you back the three thousand and then it will be farewell, you woman of great wrath, but at the same time it will be farewell, my love!

— The Brothers Karamazov

This man is probably just another cheat like M. Maslon”; and Julien congratulated himself for having hidden most of his money in his boots.

— The Red and the Black

Although she was well aware that he was deceiving her (being fully convinced that now she would have to bear everything, including even his faithlessness), she nevertheless put three thousand rubles at his disposal, letting him understand quite clearly that she was offering him this money to betray her with.

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

Making money, as you can imagine, often gets us into situations that are not quite in good style.

— The Man Without Qualities

But on this day a united front had been formed against Frau Klementine, who so much liked to feel young again and who admitted in her heart of hearts that connubial love really did have a close connection with the money-grubbing servitude imposed by capitalism, but could not bring herself to permit harsh criticism of the Collateral Campaign on the grounds that Aryans were capable of creating symbols only when they were exclusively among themselves.

— The Man Without Qualities

Unlike the first, the second wife came from an old and distinguished family and was the daughter of a general, although, as far as I know, she did not bring the Lieutenant Colonel any money either.

— The Brothers Karamazov

That is to say, you will now take your money affairs entirely into your own hands, and you will draw from Wemmick one hundred and twenty-five pounds per quarter, until you are in communication with the fountain-head, and no longer with the mere agent.

— Great Expectations

We spend our money on all kinds of shoddy, useless things. 

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

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

— The Brothers Karamazov

Up to now I could at least tell myself: “They get the money, it’s true, and all the honors are heaped on them, but I, I have the nobility of heart.’

— The Red and the Black

This was especially so because there was no question of money here, but only of love and kindness, on the one hand, and, on the other, penitence or the longing to solve some spiritual problem or resolve a difficult personal crisis.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Neither did she ever give me any money or anything but my daily dinner—nor even stipulate that I should be paid for my services.

— Great Expectations
death

In this way Moosbrugger had got to his death-sentence and owed it only to Count Leinsdorf’s influence and friendly feelings towards Ulrich that there was a prospect of his mental condition being examined once again.

— The Man Without Qualities

Shingo could not remember the anniversary of his sister-in-law’s death.

— The Sound of the Mountain

When I received her telegram, I came here with the same feelings — I will say more: I wished for her death.

— Anna Karenina

He too who dealt him death was dead as soon,

And of that new-given lifebreath breathed his last.

— Metamorphoses

Wonder if you were a skilled worker or simply an ordinary peasant, wonder what kind of death you chanced to meet.

— Dead Souls

My grandfather, who had not seen him for a long time, hastened to join him at the Swann’s family property on the outskirts of Combray, and managed to entice him for a moment, weeping profusely, out of the death-chamber, so that he should not be present when the body was laid in its coffin.

— In Search of Lost Time

She climbed to the third floor of the château, pale as if she were going to her death.

— The Red and the Black

Hajazi spoke again:

‘The trouble with you is that you’re more afraid of death than you ought to be.

— Children of Gebelawi

When the stars were thrusting lances

Into the gray of the water,

And two-year-old bulls were dreaming

Cape-figures of gillyflowers,

Voices of death were sounding

Around the Guadalquivir.

— Gypsy Ballads

Death seems the only desirable sequel for a career like this; but Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored; therefore, to the death-longing eyes of such men, who still have left in them some interior compunctions against suicide, does the all-contributed and all-receptive ocean alluringly spread forth his whole plain of unimaginable, taking terrors, and wonderful, new-life adventures; and from the hearts of infinite Pacifics, the thousand mermaids sing to them—“Come hither, broken-hearted; here is another life without the guilt of intermediate death; here are wonders supernatural, without dying for them.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

And yet everything was somehow summed up into a whole: the highroads, the towns, the gendarmes and the birds, the dead and his own death.

— The Man Without Qualities

Oh, unlike Hamlet, they do not worry about ‘the dread of something after death,’ as if the entire preoccupation with the soul and what will happen to it after death had long since been erased from their minds and covered over with sand.

— The Brothers Karamazov

But life after death—it is such a puzzle and no one, no one at all, has the answer!

— The Brothers Karamazov

Inside, all the wretches infected with the vice of death found employment, like their Führer, masters at last of living, helpless bodies for their perverse practices.

— History

At the funeral his old friends whispered of what Suzumoto called his pleasant death.

— The Sound of the Mountain

It was as if Nora’s obsessions, swarming in disorder after her death, had returned to nest inside her daughter.

— History

His did not remember his own mother, and his only sister was older than he, so that in the Shcherbatsky’s house he saw for the first time the milieu of an old, noble, educated and honourable family, of which he had been deprived by the death of his father and mother.

— Anna Karenina

I’m grateful that my cell has windows inside the bars, and on the dust of the necessary that covers the panes I write my name in capital letters, my daily signature on my covenant with death.

— The Book of Disquiet

Or perhaps he was just having hallucinations, which can easily happen to a ninety-year-old man close to death, and what’s more, excited by the previous day’s burning at the stake of a hundred heretics.

— The Brothers Karamazov

But when a belief vanishes, there survives it—more and more vigorously so as to cloak the absence of the power, now lost to us, of imparting reality to new things—a fetishistic attachment to the old things which it did once animate, as if it was in them and not in ourselves that the divine spark resided, and as if our present incredulity had a contingent cause—the death of the gods.

— In Search of Lost Time

And I had heard of the death of her husband, from an accident consequent on his ill-treatment of a horse.

— Great Expectations

‘There’s Parfen Denisych, illiterate as they come, but God grant everybody such a death,’ she said of a recently deceased house servant.

— Anna Karenina

For fear of death he had put himself under the Trustee’s protection and lost everything; and yet death had come—death, which destroyed life with fear even before it struck.

— Children of Gebelawi

But, later on, I formed the habit of going out by myself on such days, and walking towards Méséglise-la-Vineuse, during that autumn when we had to come to Combray to settle my aunt Léonie’s estate; for she had died at last, vindicating at one and the same time those who had insisted that her debilitating regimen would ultimately kill her and those who had always maintained that she suffered from a disease that was not imaginary but organic, by the visible proof of which the sceptics would be obliged to own themselves convinced, once she had succumbed to it; causing by her death no great grief save to one person alone, but to that one a grief that was savage in its violence.

— In Search of Lost Time

No, not even with death.

— The Book of Disquiet

Notwithstanding her jealousy of the Vincys and of Mary Garth, there remained as the nethermost sediment in her mental shallows a persuasion that her brother Peter Featherstone could never leave his chief property away from his blood relations:—else, why had the Almighty carried off his two wives both childless, after he had gained so much by manganese and things, turning up when nobody expected it?—and why was there a Lowick parish church, and the Waules and Powderells all sitting in the same pew for generations, and the Featherstone pew next to them, if, the Sunday after her brother Peter’s death, everybody was to know that the property was gone out of the family?

— Middlemarch

He could not but see the death of Raffles, and see in it his own deliverance.

— Middlemarch

On the basis of documents in my possession you have been punished for threatening behaviour, physical injury and grievous bodily harm resulting in death, and are therefore to be viewed as a risk to public order and decency.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

I tried to picture how those fishermen had lived, the timid and undreamt-of experiment in social relations which they had attempted there, clustered upon a promontory of the shores of Hell, at the foot of the cliffs of death; and Gothic art seemed to me a more living thing now that, detached from the towns in which until then I had always imagined it, I could see how, in a particular instance, upon a reef of savage rocks, it had taken root and grown until it flowered in a tapering spire.

— In Search of Lost Time

When my father received the letter which brought him the melancholy account of my brother Bobby’s death, he was busy calculating the expence of his riding post from Calais to Paris, and so on to Lyons.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

But I swear by his shade that I would first put on mourning, and then I would go out in public as the widow Sorel; I would send out my own death notices; you may count on that….

— The Red and the Black

And again there came to her imagination the cruel memory, eternally gnawing at her mother’s heart, of the death of her last infant boy, who had died of croup, his funeral, the universal indifference before that small, pink coffin, and her own heart-rending, lonely pain before the pale little forehead with curls at the temples, before the opened, surprised little mouth she had glimpsed in the coffin just as it was covered by the pink lid with the lace cross.

— Anna Karenina

Then, relapsing into a somber reverie, she would say: “Hell would be a blessing for me; I would still have a few days to spend with him on earth; but hell in this world, the death of my children—

— The Red and the Black