love
money
death
love

But then there is much love in men, almost Christ-like love, I know that myself, Ivan…

— The Brothers Karamazov

I have elected to love none but magnanimous souls, and to live only in an atmosphere of magnanimity.

— In Search of Lost Time

In the first ones he was still at the stage of writing a great deal about his love and about all sorts of thoughts inspired by it, but that soon began to be displaced by the scenery.

— The Man Without Qualities

“You don’t love Walter,” she said.

— The Man Without Qualities

But, just as the virtues which he had still attributed to the Verdurins an hour or so earlier would not have sufficed, even if the Verdurins had actually possessed them, if they had not also encouraged and protected his love, to excite Swann to that state of intoxication in which he waxed tender over their magnanimity—an intoxication which, even when disseminated through the medium of other persons, could have come to him from Odette alone—so the immorality (had it really existed) which he now found in the Verdurins would have been powerless, if they had not invited Odette with Forcheville and without him, to unleash his indignation and make him fulminate against their “infamy.”

— In Search of Lost Time

The object of this yearning was actually Ulrich, and Soliman was cast in the role of the man whom one does not love and to whom one will nevertheless abandon oneself—a point on which Rachel was in no sort of doubt whatsoever.

— The Man Without Qualities

‘Tell me, isn’t it insulting to think that a man scorned your love, that he didn’t want …?’

— Anna Karenina

‘Idiot, this is the man you love,’ it whispered to me, my heart.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And so I made love to her too.

— The Golden Notebook

She was actually not very much in love with her young friend; it was rather that she transformed her opposition to her parents into attachment to him.

— The Man Without Qualities

You don’t love me, you love another woman!

— Anna Karenina

Moreover he was wildly in love with her.

— A Sentimental Education

If it’s to be love, let it be love then!

— The Brothers Karamazov

Of prayer, Love, and Ties with Other Worlds

— The Brothers Karamazov

Though in many of its aspects this visible world seems formed in love, the invisible spheres were formed in fright.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

I am in love with youth!

— The Brothers Karamazov

“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

We played the new records, and made love, and the two people, Saul and Anna, who were mad, were somewhere else, in another room somewhere.

— The Golden Notebook

“I have a great shock for you; I hope you are not so far gone in love as you pretended to be.”

— Middlemarch

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

— Children of Gebelawi

In its published form, this book is being read, I assume, in the first years of 2000 A.D. (1935 plus eighty or ninety, live long, my love); and elderly readers will surely recall at this point the obligatory scene in the Westerns of their childhood.

— Lolita

These were her first reactions to the man she was later to love so deeply.

— 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

In Christ’s expression there had to be pity, because there was in him the expression of love, unearthly peace, readiness for death and an awareness of the vanity of words.

— Anna Karenina

Made love—oh, I see.

— The Golden Notebook

Unable to cut himself off from her irrevocably, if at least he had seen her continuously and without separations his anguish would ultimately have been assuaged, and his love, perhaps, have died.

— In Search of Lost Time

Besides that, his former relations with Kitty—the relations of an adult to a child, because of his friendship with her brother—seemed to him another new obstacle to love.

— Anna Karenina

“You must be sure of two things: you must love your work, and not be always looking over the edge of it, wanting your play to begin.

— Middlemarch

Katerina’s love for Mitya had filled Ivan with disgust and indignation.

— The Brothers Karamazov

But, in spite of that, his love was known to the whole town — everyone had guessed more or less correctly about his relations with Mme Karenina — and the majority of the young men envied him precisely for what was most difficult in his love, for Karenin’s high position and the resulting conspicuousness of this liaison in society.

— Anna Karenina

We talked only a little and exchanged no expressions of love or flirtation.

— Season of Migration to the North

And he does not love you.

— The Brothers Karamazov

She merely repeated what the counsel in her heart for the party opposed to love had been telling her all week long.

— The Red and the Black
money

I’m paying for other men’s pleasures with my money.

— In Search of Lost Time

And in his capacity as the accused’s ‘eye,’ Smerdyakov betrayed his master and told the accused of the existence of the envelope with the money in it and also of the knocking signals that would enable him to get into the house.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Reinhold in turn can tell at a dozen paces: 1. she’s got no money. 2. she’s furious with Franz, and 3. she’s got the hots for me, the dandy Reinhold.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Curse money and everything to do with it!

— Children of Gebelawi

I am by no means sure that your son, in his recklessness and ignorance—I will use no severer word—has not tried to raise money by holding out his future prospects, or even that some one may not have been foolish enough to supply him on so vague a presumption: there is plenty of such lax money-lending as of other folly in the world.

— Middlemarch

I wanted to buy wheat, offered good money.

— Anna Karenina

Money trickled in irregularly from her only novel, Frontiers of War, once a best-seller, which still earned just enough for her to live on.

— The Golden Notebook

In the mean time he had no money or prospects of money; and his practice was not getting more lucrative.

— Middlemarch

“Money …” Davide laughed.

— History

Otherwise, for instance, you could have put an end to that terrible torment, which lasted almost a month, by returning the fifteen hundred rubles to the person who had entrusted you with the money, and then, having explained to her the terrible situation you were in, as you described it to us, you could have done the most natural thing, that would occur to anyone—namely, after having acknowledged your mistake, to ask her to lend you that same sum.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And that money-winning business is really a blot.

— Middlemarch

I still don’t know why, but I said that until then I hadn’t realized that people thought badly of me for doing it, but that the home had seemed like the natural thing since I didn’t have enough money to have Maman cared for.

— The Stranger

And now people are coming along and telling me it’s not mine, that my money doesn’t belong to me, that property is theft!

— A Sentimental Education

They were in the power of a chief who was not even one of them but came from the meanest quarter, Kidra, who stalked about proudly among them, beating up anyone he wished and getting protection money as he pleased.

— Children of Gebelawi

Here are thirty-six francs, your first month’s salary; but you must promise on your word not to give a sou of this money to your father.

— The Red and the Black

And as an advance against the sale of the apartment, his uncle sent him a postal money-order at the end of each month.

— History

Being a naturally honest young man and having gained the trust of his master, who had discerned that honesty when Smerdyakov returned some money he had lost, Smerdyakov, we must assume, was very unhappy at being forced to betray his master, whom he loved as his benefactor.

— The Brothers Karamazov

It would have been really stupid to keep the money under the mattress.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Never had I seen so much money.

— The Red and the Black

He cheats his own son of his mother’s inheritance and uses the money to seduce that son’s mistress.

— The Brothers Karamazov

They say the Henrouilles have more money than meets the eye …

— Journey to the End of the Night

“Aw! good for the big folks to make money out on,” said old Timothy Cooper, who had stayed behind turning his hay while the others had been gone on their spree;—“I’n seen lots o’ things turn up sin’ I war a young un—the war an’ the peace, and the canells, an’ the oald King George, an’ the Regen’, and the new King George, an’ the new un as has got a new ne-ame—an’ it’s been all aloike to the poor mon.

— Middlemarch

She had a good idea that I’d come to ask her for money, and that in itself created a natural animosity between us.

— Journey to the End of the Night

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

I took the offensive: “Lola, lend me the money you promised or I’ll sleep here, and you’ll hear me repeat all I know about cancer, its complications, its hereditary character, because you know, Lola, cancer is hereditary, and don’t forget it!”

— Journey to the End of the Night

And so he tore open the envelope, took out the money, and then tossed the torn envelope on the floor, because he was the master of the house and certainly did not have to worry about leaving clues.

— The Brothers Karamazov

“How much are the carrots?” they ask long before they get there, to show they’ve got money to spend.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Then he remembered the episode with a card-sharper to whom his brother had lost money, had given a promissory note, and whom he had then lodged a complaint against, claiming that the man had cheated him.

— Anna Karenina

How would it be if he were to offer Hans money so that at long last he could finish his studies without any further obstacle?

— The Man Without Qualities

—His character was,——he loved a jest in his heart—and as he saw himself in the true point of ridicule, he would say, he could not be so angry with others for seeing him in a light, in which he so strongly saw himself: So that to his friends, who knew his foible was not the love of money, and who therefore made the less scruple in bantering the extravagance of his humour,—instead of giving the true cause,——he chose rather to join in the laugh against himself; and as he never carried one single ounce of flesh upon his own bones, being altogether as spare a figure as his beast,—he would sometimes insist upon it, that the horse was as good as the rider deserved;—that they were, centaur-like,—both of a piece.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

So, sir, you’ve been paying ten per cent, for money which you’ve promised to pay off by mortgaging my land when I’m dead and gone, eh?

— Middlemarch

But he had two daughters to marry off, and he’d always spent more money than he earned, so he was indulgent towards the souls of these two young men.

— The Man Without Qualities

“In the Anarchist Community, money doesn’t exist.”

— History
death

He saw—he noticed—the progress of death, of humidity.

— Ficciones

Men lived by spoil and plunder;

Friend was not safe from friend, nor father safe

From son-in-law, and kindness rare between

Brother and brother; husbands plotted death

For wives and wives for husbands; stepmothers

With murderous hearts brewed devilish aconite,

And sons, importunate to glut their greed,

Studied the stars to time their fathers’ death.

— Metamorphoses

Shivering all over, his teeth chattering, he began to look round for a sheltered spot where he could spend the night without freezing to death.

— The Decameron

The death agony on the second floor didn’t last long.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Nora, with her death, had eluded by a few months the Italian racial decrees, which now stigmatized her irremediably as a Jew.

— History

I remembered that the news of my mother’s death had reached me nine months ago and had found me drunk and in the arms of a woman.

— Season of Migration to the North

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

When he woke up, instead of the news of his brother’s death that he had expected, he learned that the sick man had reverted to his earlier condition.

— Anna Karenina

On the contrary, he felt a cold certainty at his heart that Raffles—unless providence sent death to hinder him—would come back to Middlemarch before long.

— Middlemarch

The dramatics of misery wants to carry over from life into death.

— Journey to the End of the Night

And in truth what we say we principally fear in death is pain, its customary forerunner.

— Essays

That’s what I foresaw, considering that everyone in the neighborhood would be relaying some highly seasoned rumors after his death, which would look very fishy after the other business.

— Journey to the End of the Night

When Kitty had gone and Levin was left alone, he felt such anxiety without her and such an impatient desire to live quickly, the more quickly, till tomorrow morning, when he would see her again and be united with her for ever, that he became afraid, as of death, of those fourteen hours that he had to spend without her.

— Anna Karenina

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

Once in my time I said of someone jokingly that he had cheated divine justice: for the violent death of three grown-up children having been sent him in one day as a bitter scourge, as may well be believed, he all but took it as a favor.

— Essays

“Of death.”

— Zorba the Greek

Two or three years after that, with the abolition of freedom of the press, of opposition and the right to strike, the setting up of the Special Tribunals, the restoration of the death-penalty, etc., etc., Fascism had established a definitive dictatorship.

— History

To death I’ll follow!

— Metamorphoses

To prepare you for death.

— Pedro Páramo

The story begun in Bombay continues in the lowlands of Palanpur, pauses for a night and a day at the stone gate of Bikanir, narrates the death of a blind astrologer in a cesspool in Benares, conspires in the multiform palace at Katmandu, prays and fornicates in the pestilential stench of the Machua bazaar in Calcutta, watches the day being born out of the sea from a scribe’s stool in Madras, watches the evening decline into the sea from a balcony in the state of Travancor, gutters and dies in Hindapur, and close its circle of leagues and years in Bombay again, a few steps from the garden of those “moon-coloured” hounds.

— Ficciones

Abdoun shouted:

‘Behind you until death!’

— Children of Gebelawi

There was the compact; to resist tyranny to the death.

— To the Lighthouse

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

It did not take the form it had assumed in the East, where if anyone bled from the nose it was an obvious portent of certain death.

— The Decameron

Just go now and teach them that women have equal rights with men, and that it’s cruel to eat a piece of the pig while the pig’s still raw and groaning in front of you, and that it’s simple lunacy to give thanks to God because he’s got everything while you’re starving to death!

— Zorba the Greek

At the same time the fire raged; and finally that mass of metal, in its death agony, jerked and fell silent.

— History

“My death will make her even more contemptuous of me!” he cried.

— The Red and the Black

So there and then Acoetes was hauled off

And locked in a strong cell; but while the fire,

The steel, the instruments of cruel death,

Were being prepared, all of their own accord

The doors flew open, all of their own accord

The chains fell, freed by no one, from his arms.

— Metamorphoses

“But it atrophies those qualities of the heart which cause a man to be condemned to death.”

— The Red and the Black

The brown beard yelled: ‘Put him to death, when did I say put him to death?

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Cam would never resist tyranny to the death, he thought grimly, watching her face, sad, sulky, yielding.

— To the Lighthouse

He is no towering oak tree with luxuriant branches growing in a land on which Nature has bestowed water and fertility, rather is he like the sayal bushes in the deserts of the Sudan, thick of bark and sharp of thorn, defeating death because they ask so little of life.

— Season of Migration to the North

For this reason, continued my father, ’tis worthy to recollect, how little alteration in great men, the approaches of death have made.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman