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love

I went into a coffee-house to write a little note to Clara, telling her he had gone off, sending his love to her over and over again, and then went to my lonely home—if it deserved the name, for it was now no home to me, and I had no home anywhere.

— Great Expectations

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 said and I repeat that I’m proud and would never, never do what you’re doing — go back to a man who has betrayed you, who had fallen in love with another woman.

— Anna Karenina

I said that I did not sympathize with this sudden love.

— Anna Karenina

Katerina acted as though she were in love with Grushenka.

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

Why do you have to make love, considering all the things that are happening?

— Journey to the End of the Night

And she says: but I love you, I love you, I love you—and he goes off to the very edge of the roof and stands there, ready to jump—he will jump if she says even once again: I love you.

— The Golden Notebook

Without quite knowing why, my grandmother found in the steeple of Saint-Hilaire that absence of vulgarity, pretension, and niggardliness which made her love, and deem rich in beneficent influences, nature itself—when the hand of man had not, as did my great-aunt’s gardener, trimmed it—and the works of genius.

— In Search of Lost Time

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

I was interested to see who he was making love to, for I knew it was not me.

— The Golden Notebook

And if you achieve complete self-abnegation in your love for your fellow man, you will certainly gain faith, and there will be no room in your soul for any doubt whatsoever.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I endeavored to lead a different type of life, to interest myself in practical work, to know and love the human material which had fallen into my hands, to feel the long-wished-for joy of no longer having to deal with words but with living men.

— Zorba the Greek

But who’s he in love with, that’s the point.

— The Golden Notebook

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

He had begun to have an alarmed foresight of her irrevocable loss of love for him, and the consequent dreariness of their life.

— Middlemarch

He saw only her clear, truthful eyes, frightened by the same joy of love that filled his heart.

— Anna Karenina

Ivan is not in love with Katerina.

— The Brothers Karamazov

‘You see,’ said Paul, with his small rake’s grimace, ‘we’re like an old married couple already—we know we’re going to make love in bed tonight, so now we just hold hands.’

— The Golden Notebook

Of prayer, Love, and Ties with Other Worlds

— The Brothers Karamazov

Don’t you love me?

— The Red and the Black

He was collectively in love with them.

— The Golden Notebook

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

— Children of Gebelawi

They mistook it for love, nothing but love, the poor little things had never been taught anything else.

— Journey to the End of the Night

“He’s not in love with Katerina,” Alyosha said with assurance.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Love does not do this.

— Season of Migration to the North

“My love,” he said, with irritation reined in by propriety, “you may rely upon me for knowing the times and the seasons, adapted to the different stages of a work which is not to be measured by the facile conjectures of ignorant on-lookers.

— Middlemarch

But he, borne on the wings

Of love, ran faster, gave her no respite,

Hot on her flying heels and breathing close

Upon her shoulders and her tumbling hair.

— Metamorphoses

Immediately he set about transcribing this first love letter; it was a homily filled with stock phrases about virtue, and a deadly bore.

— The Red and the Black

Though of course he wanted to call it Forbidden Love. 

— 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

The meaning of the words, art, love, beauty, purity, passion, all this was made clear to me by the simplest of human words uttered by this workman.

— Zorba the Greek

I remember lying there and hating him and wondering why the only time I could remember him making love to me with any conviction was when he knew I had just made love to someone else.

— The Golden Notebook
money

As she’d no money, she was going to give her earrings.

— Zorba the Greek

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

— Middlemarch

Then he lifted his hand to put them in the breast of his smock, but Daabas stopped him with one hand and held out the other hand for the money.

— Children of Gebelawi

I don’t have money.

— Pedro Páramo

As for Dumouriez himself, who had come too late to these new-fangled idealistic pastimes, he discovered that he was more interested in money and deserted.

— Journey to the End of the Night

It was impossible to stop her, and it was no light matter to anger her to the point of her withdrawing her money from his business.

— Children of Gebelawi

You’ll want some money.

— Great Expectations

‘I dare say,’ I went on, meaning to be very severe, ‘that you wouldn’t lend money to any of us if we wanted it.’

— Great Expectations

He had shown off his money.

— The Stranger

Everything unrelated to making money is infinitely beyond him.

— Journey to the End of the Night

He said that he, B., would put up half the money for a monthly allowance for De Silva’s wife, if De Silva would promise the other half.

— The Golden Notebook

“I want to sell them and give the money to M. Julien, so he won’t be a fool for staying with us.”

— The Red and the Black

To give her consolation money.

— The Sound of the Mountain

In fact, the Hospital had become an object of intense interest to Bulstrode, and he would willingly have continued to spare a large yearly sum that he might rule it dictatorially without any Board; but he had another favorite object which also required money for its accomplishment: he wished to buy some land in the neighborhood of Middlemarch, and therefore he wished to get considerable contributions towards maintaining the Hospital.

— Middlemarch

It showed a brave heart with one abiding passion left, the love of money.

— The Red and the Black

Your greatness of mind in this action, which I admire, with that generous contempt of money which you shew me in the whole transaction, is really noble;—and what renders it more so, is the principle of it;—the workings of a parent’s love upon the truth and conviction of this very hypothesis, namely, That was your son called JUDAS,—the sordid and treacherous idea, so inseparable from the name, would have accompanied him thro’ life like his shadow, and, in the end, made a miser and a rascal of him, in spight, Sir, of your example.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

And you, Bakri, busy yourself in making money till death gives you release from it.

— Season of Migration to the North

The truth is, he knew nothing of this man Raffles, or that there were any bad secrets about him; and he thought that Mr. Bulstrode offered him the money because he repented, out of kindness, of having refused it before.

— Middlemarch

He answered, remembering the last of his money in his pocket:

‘I shall find a job, any job.’

— Children of Gebelawi

But if one tries to get the general human element out of them—that which is common to them all—there are actually only three things that can be left over: stupidity, money, or, at the most, a trace of religious memory.

— The Man Without Qualities

Jonah argued that men liked to make a surprise of their wills, while Martha said that nobody need be surprised if he left the best part of his money to those who least expected it.

— Middlemarch

Perhaps it was some great loss of money; and she was kept in the dark.

— Middlemarch

“Because, you know, you’ll have no use for money out here, only when you want to clear out …”

— Journey to the End of the Night

That was Mme Sorokin and her daughter calling by to bring me money and papers from maman.

— Anna Karenina

So she sent me only two hundred and sixty rubles, I believe, and I remember very well that it was just the money without an explanatory note or anything.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Grushenka, of course, had money, but Mitya’s pride would keep him from touching it: he had to pay for their journey himself and then earn their living by his own efforts; he could not live on her capital.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Put the case that the child grew up, and was married for money.

— Great Expectations

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

— Dead Souls

He left my mother a small, wooden house and some money, not very much, but enough for her and her children to live on without privation.

— The Brothers Karamazov

But now I would like to ask you a certain question, and this is the third time I am asking it: Are you really absolutely certain that no one, not a single person, had ever heard of the money you had sewed up in that rag and were carrying around your neck?

— The Brothers Karamazov

I’m short of money so I must go by bus, not taxi.

— The Golden Notebook

As to the amount of money Mitya had on him, Kalganov refused to make an estimate: “I don’t know how much there was.”

— The Brothers Karamazov

The fact was that in a wall of the house he had secretly bricked up, for safe-keeping, all the money and valuables he had left, and for this reason he wanted to stand guard.

— History
death

Then he read out the death-sentence to him, exactly as though the nonsense that Moosbrugger had been talking all through the trial, to the delight of all present, had now for once to be accorded a serious answer.

— The Man Without Qualities

He told them that Ann Hammond and Sheila Greenwood were girls who were seeking death by every means and that they would have committed suicide whether they had met Mustafa Sa’eed or not.

— Season of Migration to the North

And that group of people, Molly, Anna, Richard, Marion, who had stood waiting, had sat waiting, had kept vigil through a timeless week, understood how far they had allowed him, in their minds, to slip beyond them into death.

— The Golden Notebook

Here were the sun and the gebel and the sands, majesty and love and death, and a heart in which love was dawning.

— Children of Gebelawi

There is nothing shameful about my death except the means; that alone, it’s true, will more than suffice to disgrace me in the eyes of Verrières bourgeoisie.

— The Red and the Black

You know all about life and death.

— Middlemarch

I keep seeing, before my eyes, pictures of what we are talking about—scenes of death, torture, cross-examination and so on; and the words we are using have nothing to do with what I am seeing.

— The Golden Notebook

Now I draw my bow, and now:

As a goose siphons milk

From a pool of water, I’ll save

The brahmin, as he deserves,

And deliver you to your well-earned death.

— The Recognition of Śakuntalā

In a state between life and death I saw formations of sand grouse heading northwards.

— Season of Migration to the North

And further, seeing his son presently being led to his death, he held himself to this same demeanor.

— Essays

There should be no death.

— Children of Gebelawi

Diotima’s family had belonged to the second group for both reasons, and the consequence was that this conscientiously beautiful woman entered into life with a conception of the militarily that was approximately that of Death decked out in a motley coat.

— The Man Without Qualities

Well then, at the turn of this century, there lived a retired general, a man with the highest connections, a big landowner, one of those, you know (although even at that time there were only a few such left), who, upon retiring from the service of their country, feel sure that they have earned the right of life and death over those subjected to them.

— The Brothers Karamazov

For days the taste of death remained on my lips.

— Zorba the Greek

Steelkit leaped on the barricade, and striding up and down there, defied the worst the pistols could do; but gave the captain to understand distinctly, that his (Steelkit’s) death would be the signal for a murderous mutiny on the part of all hands.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

And how did death catch up with you?

— Dead Souls

Think of Death and the Judgment then?

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Perhaps if the year were 1447 instead of 1947 I might have hoodwinked my gentle nature by administering her some classical poison from a hollow agate, some tender philter of death.

— Lolita

In the vibrant air we could smell ravishment and death.

— Zorba the Greek

Three years have passed since her husband’s death.

— Season of Migration to the North

At the moment when the heroine was to act the stabbing of her lover, and he was to fall gracefully, the wife veritably stabbed her husband, who fell as death willed.

— Middlemarch

Oh, Death, why canst thou not sometimes be timely?

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

“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

The people were so worried and afraid that they forgot about the death of Gebelawi and the murder of Saadallah.

— Children of Gebelawi

Yet habit—strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?—Gayer sallies, more merry mirth, better jokes, and brighter repartees, you never heard over your mahogany, than you will hear over the half-inch white cedar of the whale-boat, when thus hung in hangman’s nooses; and, like the six burghers of Calais before King Edward, the six men composing the crew pull into the jaws of death, with a halter around every neck, as you may say.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

I was not able, alas, to hold my breakfast, but dismissed that physicality as a trivial contretemps, wiped my mouth with a gossamer handkerchief produced from my sleeve, and, with a blue block of ice for heart, a pill on my tongue and solid death in my hip pocket, I stepped neatly into a telephone booth in Coalmont (Ah-ah-ah, said its little door) and rang up the only Schiller — Paul, Furniture — to be found in the battered book.

— Lolita

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 events of people’s lives have, after all, only to the least degree originated in them, having generally depended on all sorts of circumstances such as the moods, the life or death of quite different people, and have, as it were, only at the given point of time come hurrying towards them.

— The Man Without Qualities

‘I work, I want to do something, and I’ve forgotten that everything will end, that there is — death.’

— Anna Karenina

Everyone has his own life … his role … his death …

— Journey to the End of the Night

A most mouldy and over salted death, though;—cherries! cherries! cherries! oh, Flask, for one red cherry ere we die!

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Condemned to a deferred death, the only thing that really mattered was an enormous longing for sleep, all the rest was torture, even the time and effort it took to eat.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Those weak servants, persecuted on earth, put to death, as you can see here from St. Clement’s still-bleeding wound, those servants triumph in heaven.

— The Red and the Black