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love

Because you’re tormenting Ivan simply because it’s he you really love, and the reason you’re making him suffer is that your feeling for Dmitry is unhealthy and twisted, it’s a false love… you’ve simply talked yourself into it…

— The Brothers Karamazov

I’m going to make love to you, as if I were desperately in love with you.

— The Golden Notebook

No, I want no part of any harmony; I don’t want it, out of love for mankind.

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

— The Red and the Black

It takes hard work and a long apprenticeship, for it is not just for a moment that we must learn to love, but forever.

— The Brothers Karamazov

In mine own beauty take I such delight

That to no other love could I

My fond affections plight.

— The Decameron

‘Clarity is not in form but in love,’ she said, getting more and more irritated, not by his words but by the tone of calm tranquility in which he spoke.

— Anna Karenina

But the trouble is, it may take her fifteen or even twenty years to find out for herself that she doesn’t really love Dmitry, that she loves only me, whom she torments.

— The Brothers Karamazov

He was returning home thinking only of her, of her love, of his happiness, and the closer he came to home the more ardent his tenderness for her grew.

— Anna Karenina

In their isolation there was no love lost between them.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Far into the night, Miss Havisham’s words, ‘Love her, love her, love her!’ sounded in my ears.

— Great Expectations

Much as she tried, she could not love this girl, nor could she pretend to love her.

— Anna Karenina

Meanwhile her father, baffled, bade his son

Cadmus, set out to find the stolen girl

And threatened exile should he fail—in one

Same act such warmth of love, such wickedness!

— Metamorphoses

Don’t I know that he would not deceive me, that he doesn’t have any intentions towards Princess Sorokin, that he is not in love with Kitty, that he will not be unfaithful to me?

— Anna Karenina

The subject was a woman, Pisanella by name, and the argument was about love.

— History

This is a confession: I love you [so the letter began; and for a distorted moment I mistook its hysterical scrawl for a schoolgirl’s scribble].

— Lolita

The rest of the meeting was already beginning to merge with the first stages of their love, fourteen months earlier.

— The Red and the Black

I’ll be your slave now, your slave as long as I live, and I’ll love being your slave…

— The Brothers Karamazov

As if Christ were a medicine to be taken only when gravely ill, and of no use so long as you can have a good time, eat, drink and make love.

— Zorba the Greek

Had it not been for them, she would have remained alone with her thoughts of her husband, who did not love her.

— Anna Karenina

But I don’t accept life without love,’ he said, understanding Levin’s question in his own way.

— Anna Karenina

‘Bold steeds I can tell by their something-or-other thighs, and young men in love by the look in their eyes,’ declaimed Stepan Arkadyich, exactly as he had done to Levin.

— Anna Karenina

The fact was that they did not love each other. 

— The Man Without Qualities

Since then, he’s been making love as a man does when he’s attracted to a woman.

— The Golden Notebook

But in this strange phase of love the personality of another person becomes so enlarged, so deepened, that the curiosity which he now felt stirring inside him with regard to the smallest details of a woman’s daily life, was the same thirst for knowledge with which he had once studied history.

— In Search of Lost Time

Everyone in the monastery was aware that Father Ferapont bore no love whatever for Father Zosima.

— The Brothers Karamazov

An American G.I. in love with an English girl.

— The Golden Notebook

She felt that alongside the love that bound them, there had settled between them an evil spirit of some sort of struggle, which she could not drive out of his heart and still less out of her own.

— Anna Karenina

And if you are such, how could anyone love you, for you are not even a person, a clearly defined entity, imperfect but at least perfectible.

— In Search of Lost Time

In bed, we didn’t make love, we lay quietly side by side, not talking.

— The Golden Notebook

It appeared that this other woman needed a great deal of admonition and encouragement in love and is childish.

— The Golden Notebook

‘Love those who hate you … ’ Darya Alexandrovna whispered shamefacedly.

— Anna Karenina

This story, translated into English terms, should be the nice suburban wife in love with a hopeless coffee-bar bum, who says he is going to write, and perhaps does, one day, but that isn’t the point.

— The Golden Notebook
money

“But he won’t keep his money, by what I can make out,” said the glazier.

— Middlemarch

Not even the Saints will give us money, and Mr. Brougham would laugh at us.

— The Red and the Black

The liberal party said that everything was bad in Russia, and indeed Stepan Arkadyich had many debts and decidedly too little money.

— Anna Karenina

For that money, sir, I’ll raise the whole village.

— The Brothers Karamazov

“All right,” he said, “I will reveal my secret to you and tell you where the money came from; I will expose myself to shame and disgrace so that later I can’t accuse either myself or you … ”

— The Brothers Karamazov

In the past he had been annoyed by Zechariah harping on his distant relationship to him, but his feelings had begun to change when he heard that Kassem was to marry Kamar; in fact, he had already made up his mind not to exempt Kassem from paying protection money.

— Children of Gebelawi

In fact, I can hardly believe that he didn’t accept the money you offered him!

— The Brothers Karamazov

And that was the three thousand rubles that I had in my pocket when I got to Grushenka’s and it was that money that I spent in Mokroye…

— The Brothers Karamazov

Somebody, I imagined, was making money on those masks of popular monsters and morons.

— Lolita

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

So after I’d put the money in the hollow, I went back to the cottage and got into my bed, and then I started worrying: ‘If Gregory dies,’ I think to myself, ‘there will be trouble for me.

— The Brothers Karamazov

She asked about his connections and his pastimes; she even went so far as to enquire into his business affairs and offered to lend him money should he need it.

— A Sentimental Education

A friend and comrade is likely to betray you, or at least let you down when you’re in distress, while money will never let you down whatever your trouble.

— Dead Souls

And suppose that Mary could help you to go to Mr. Hanmer’s with the money she gets?

— Middlemarch

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

— The Red and the Black

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

It was therefore quite natural that when his intellectual and artistic friends urgently begged him for it, he gave them not only advice but money too; but he did not always give, and he never gave much.

— The Man Without Qualities

It is one of those cases on which a man is condemned on the ground of his character—it is believed that he has committed a crime in some undefined way, because he had the motive for doing it; and Bulstrode’s character has enveloped me, because I took his money.

— Middlemarch

Until Willi told her how to run the place, which he did without being asked, at the end of the first week he was there, she lost money.

— The Golden Notebook

Listen, I think we’d better attend to our business right away: here’s your money and you give me back my pistols… because I need them very badly… and… I’m in a terrible hurry.

— The Brothers Karamazov

But the moral grounds of the suspicion remained: the strong motives Bulstrode clearly had for wishing to be rid of Raffles, and the fact that at this critical moment he had given Lydgate the help which he must for some time have known the need for; the disposition, moreover, to believe that Bulstrode would be unscrupulous, and the absence of any indisposition to believe that Lydgate might be as easily bribed as other haughty-minded men when they have found themselves in want of money.

— Middlemarch

But money, he would need money in any case, for, in order to feel like a man, a man must have money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

It’s he who killed father and stole the money!

— The Brothers Karamazov

And she would understand, then, that since this time I was bringing back half the sum she had entrusted to me, I would pay her back the rest too—I mean the money I squandered, even if it took me my whole lifetime to earn it or to raise it.

— The Brothers Karamazov

If any money came his way, and it seldom did, he immediately bought gourds of palm-wine, called round his neighbors and made merry.

— Things Fall Apart

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

I wrapped the money in the paper and the paper in the rag, and I stuffed it deep into the hollow, where it stayed for the whole two weeks I was in the hospital.

— The Brothers Karamazov

So what is so extraordinary about his dividing the money and putting half of it aside for that purpose?

— The Brothers Karamazov

The money was gone, and the envelope was on the floor by the bed, behind the screen.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Melchizedek gladly provided the Sultan with the money he required.

— The Decameron

Oh, if you want a piece of good advice, never allow a conceited, envious man to see a large sum of money in your hand!

— The Brothers Karamazov

‘But what happened to the money then,’ you may ask me, ‘since no money was found when the house was searched later?’

— The Brothers Karamazov

Well, then I’ll need all my money.

— The Brothers Karamazov
death

I heard no more, for Mlle Vinteuil, with an air that was at once languid, awkward, bustling, honest and sad, came to the window and drew the shutters close; but I knew now what was the reward that M. Vinteuil, in return for all the suffering that he had endured in his lifetime on account of his daughter, had received from her after his death.

— In Search of Lost Time

Naturally he too was scared to death.

— Journey to the End of the Night

When they meet, she asks

Her husband for her sister, and he groans

As if in grief and tells a lying tale

About her death, with tears to prove it true.

— Metamorphoses

When close to the whale, in the very death-lock of the fight, he handle his unpitying lance cooly and off-handedly, as a whistling tinker his hammer.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Yet he had not been such a close friend as to figure in a dream so long after his death.

— The Sound of the Mountain

In this way of life we shall continue until such time as we discover (provided we are spared from early death) the end decreed by Heaven for these terrible events.

— The Decameron

The idea of the moment of death scarcely gave him pause either: “I will think about it after the trial.”

— The Red and the Black

Even in town, people talked of his death for a long time.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Now that the veil was there before her face, it was all over; it was solemn as a death-sentence or as when the lock on a cabin-trunk closes with a final click.

— The Man Without Qualities

In Verona, the Fascist court of the Republic of Salò sentences to death the Fascist leaders guilty of having voted against the Duce in the July meeting of the Grand Council.

— History

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

— Anna Karenina

And men shall say of me, poor wretched Thisbe,

I was the cause and comrade of your fate,

And you whom death alone from me could sever,

Death now shall have no power to part us ever.

— Metamorphoses

The moment of death would also be the moment when the real continuity of his life would be understood—a continuity not of order, discipline, practicality, commonsense, but of unreality.

— The Golden Notebook

And now in sleep like death the old king lay

Relaxed and with their king the royal guard,

Sleep given by her magic chants and spells.

— Metamorphoses

On the green grass

He drooped his weary head, and those bright eyes

That loved their master’s beauty closed in death.

— Metamorphoses

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

Do not bear a hand in his death.

— Things Fall Apart

She must have been bored to death in Toulouse.

— Journey to the End of the Night

A more decent man at the approach of death than he had been in the course of his life, he felt guilty not only about M. de La Mole but with regard to Mathilde as well.

— The Red and the Black

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

The people I knew were all poor, people whose death is of no interest to anybody.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Death… death… always death.

— Children of Gebelawi

He was struggling as much against life as against death.

— Journey to the End of the Night

I wasn’t as big as death.

— Journey to the End of the Night

And the drawing near of Death, which alike levels all, alike impresses all with a last revelation, which only an author from the dead could adequately tell.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

The feeling was now stronger than before; he felt even less capable than before of understanding the meaning of death, and its inevitability appeared still more horrible to him; but now, thanks to his wife’s nearness, the feeling did not drive him to despair: in spite of death, he felt the necessity to live and to love.

— Anna Karenina

And the intoxication, as I knew even then, was the recklessness of infinite possibility, of danger, the secret ugly frightening pulse of war itself, of the death that we all wanted, for each other and for ourselves.

— The Golden Notebook

All—the detailed history of the future, the autobiographies of the archangels, the faithful catalog of the Library, thousands and thousands of false catalogs, the proof of the falsity of those false catalogs, a proof of the falsity of the true catalog, the gnostic gospel of Basilides, the commentary upon that gospel, the commentary on the commentary on that gospel, the true story of your death, the translation of every book into every language, the interpolations of every book into all books, the treatise Bede could have written (but did not) on the mythology of the Saxon people, the lost books of Tacitus.

— 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

The scream grew more and more remote as I realized the melancholy fact that neither tomorrow, nor Friday, nor any other day or night, could I make myself put her to death.

— Lolita

One evening, a mouse was kicked to death before the eyes of Useppe, who cried: “No! no!”

— History

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

And as an evil growth beyond all cure

Creeps far and wide and wounds what once was well,

So by degrees the winter of dark death

Entered her heart and choked her breath and stopped

The lanes of life.

— Metamorphoses