love
money
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love

Even if You send me to hell, I will love You there too, and I’ll cry out from there that I will love You forever and ever…

— The Brothers Karamazov

Then as her shock

So great gave way to grief as great, she soared,

Borne in her chariot, to the sky’s bright realms

And stood, with clouded face and hair let loose,

Indignant before Jove and said: ‘I come

To plead for my own flesh and blood, yours too;

And if the mother finds no favour, let

At least the daughter move her father’s heart;

Love her not less because I gave her birth.

— Metamorphoses

The man who had seduced her, her first love, the one to whom she rightfully belonged, had come back after five years to repair by marriage the harm he had done her.

— The Brothers Karamazov

You love him just the way he is, you love his insulting you.

— The Brothers Karamazov

“Pretty!” she said, in a curious tone, of a woman accepting a love-token.

— Sons and Lovers

‘Aie, Aie, my John, and what of the child I am having, it is being heavy on my heart, the child I am giving to you, my love, my man, and not to the hated white man from the store who tripped my frantic fleeing heels as I sped from him, and was being flung into the sightless dust at the hour of the setting sun, the hour when all the world is being betrayed by the ageless night?’

— The Golden Notebook

I think it is the suffering of one who can no longer love.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Once, in the infinity of existence unmeasurable by time or space, a spiritual creature, upon its appearance on earth, is given the power to say: “I am and I love.”

— The Brothers Karamazov

That was the time when he wore shepherd’s garb,

His left hand held a sturdy woodland staff,

His right a pipe of seven graded reeds;

And, while love filled his thoughts and his pipe played

Soft soothing tunes, the flock he failed to watch

Wandered away, it’s said, to Pylos’ fields.

— Metamorphoses

If he is tormented by religious doubts, as occasionally happens in youth, he goes straight over to the persecution of unbelievers; if love deranges him, he turns it into marriage; and if any other enthusiasm overwhelms him, he disentangles himself from the impossibility of living perpetually in the fire of it by beginning to live for that fire.

— The Man Without Qualities

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

Once, and only for a moment, is that creature given the knowledge of active, living love, and this is why that creature was given life on earth, and with it, time and space.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Did you know a man fell in love with me—he wanted to marry me and he said he’d have the children too.

— The Golden Notebook

‘She wasn’t married, but the man she was in love with was killed in the war.’

— The Sound of the Mountain

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

She’s in love, I tell you!

— Journey to the End of the Night

And as the conversation resumed, Frédéric, as always, brought it round to his love for her.

— A Sentimental Education

Actually I was in love with being in love—with the altered condition I was in—and less with the woman who went with it.

— The Man Without Qualities

And he knows it all, he knows that I cannot repent that I breathe, that I love; he knows that, except for lies and deceit, there will be nothing in it; yet he must go on tormenting me.

— Anna Karenina

All these old-fashioned little songs that she sang were about love, sorrow, constancy, loneliness, woodland whispers and twinkling trout.

— The Man Without Qualities

Running her shuttle through the upright warp,

‘I’ll not relate’, she said, ‘the well-known love

Of Daphnis, Ida’s shepherd, whom a nymph

In anger at her rival turned to stone:

Such pain sears lovers’ hearts!

— Metamorphoses

And it was only out of pride that she responded to his feelings for her with love, a hysterical, twisted love made up of offended pride, a love that resembled revenge more than love.

— The Brothers Karamazov

‘You’re not right, not right, my love,’ said Vronsky, trying to calm her.

— Anna Karenina

Today Seryozha felt stronger surges of love for her than ever, and now, forgetting himself, while waiting for his father, he cut up the whole edge of the desk with his knife, staring straight ahead with shining eyes and thinking of her.

— Anna Karenina

He wants to prove to me that his love for me shouldn’t hinder his freedom.

— Anna Karenina

But when Dmitry Karamazov fell in love with Grushenka, Samsonov no longer laughed.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Carried away by his unhappiness, thrown off by surprise, Julien was foolish enough to say to her, in the tenderest of tones and straight from the heart: “So you don’t love me anymore?”

— The Red and the Black

A bourgeois in love with a social climber!

— The Red and the Black

My friend, I’m utterly defenceless against a memory—my love’s bewilderment and pain when I denied her:

Rejected, she followed her kinsmen

Until Kanva’s pupil shouted ‘Stay!’

— The Recognition of Śakuntalā

And what then, how am I to keep his love?

— Anna Karenina

I know love is blind in both eyes, but that’s doing it some.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

It had at once suggested to him a world of inexpressible delights, of whose existence, before hearing it, he had never dreamed, into which he felt that nothing else could initiate him; and he had been filled with love for it, as with a new and strange desire.

— In Search of Lost Time

‘But I love you!’

— A Sentimental Education
money

As Francis the first of France was one winterly night warming himself over the embers of a wood fire, and talking with his first minister of sundry things for the good of the state—it would not be amiss, said the king, stirring up the embers with his cane, if this good understanding betwixt ourselves and Switzerland was a little strengthened—There is no end, Sire, replied the minister, in giving money to these people—they would swallow up the treasury of France—Poo! poo! answered the king——there are more ways, Mons. le Premier, of bribing states, besides that of giving money——I’ll pay Switzerland the honour of standing godfather for my next child—Your majesty, said the minister, in so doing, would have all the grammarians in Europe upon your back;—Switzerland, as a republick, being a female, can in no construction be godfather—She may be godmother, replied Francis, hastily—so announce my intentions by a courier to morrow morning.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Alas! the scientific conscience had got into the debasing company of money obligation and selfish respects.

— Middlemarch

‘Your money or your life’…

— The Brothers Karamazov

‘Money’s not the point,’ said Molly.

— The Golden Notebook

It could have been the enthusiastic look on Mitya’s face, or perhaps “that useless spendthrift’s” notion that he, Samsonov, could be taken in by such idiotic ravings as Mitya’s “plan,” or he may even have felt jealous over Grushenka, in whose name this “good-for-nothing” had come to him with a cock and bull story about needing money—it’s hard to say exactly what made Samsonov do it, but at the moment that Mitya’s legs had given way under him in despair and he had explained that he was lost, the old man had glanced at him with immense hatred and had decided to play a cruel trick on him.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And I suppose I’m also jealous because of her money, no?

— The Brothers Karamazov

I cannot conceive why money should have been referred to.

— Middlemarch

He grabbed the money, and in place of the coins gave the black man a bright green handkerchief that he had deftly spirited from some secret hiding place under the counter.

— Journey to the End of the Night

“Ah, there’s better folks spent their money worse,” said a firm-voiced dyer, whose crimson hands looked out of keeping with his good-natured face.

— Middlemarch

And what about you, going to visit gentlemen after dark to try and peddle your charms for money?

— The Brothers Karamazov

“Surely,” said Dorothea, “it is better to spend money in finding out how men can make the most of the land which supports them all, than in keeping dogs and horses only to gallop over it.

— Middlemarch

For he would entertain on a shoestring, and in contrast to the normal habits of the Genoese (who are wont to dress in the height of fashion), he would sooner go about in rags than spend any money on his personal appearance.

— The Decameron

Well, then I’ll need all my money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

But he emphatically, indeed almost heatedly, attested to Smerdyakov’s honesty, and told them about the time when Smerdyakov had found some money his master had dropped and had returned it, and how Fyodor Karamazov had given him a ten-ruble gold piece as a reward and had trusted him completely ever after.

— The Brothers Karamazov

The money once tucked away, Plewshkin lowered himself into an armchair; he seemed to have run out of topics of conversation.

— Dead Souls

And who helped you sew the money up in the rag?

— The Brothers Karamazov

Public indifference soon meant that the merchants who had founded these venal lotteries began to lose money.

— Ficciones

But I am not going to hand money out of my purse to have experiments tried on me.

— Middlemarch

It may be that these purposes are good and these people incomparable; then one should advance their cause by all possible means, only not by means of money.

— The Man Without Qualities

Here was a face that looked more careless of all considerations of money and appearances than a flourishing dynasty of specialists in refuse-refinement had enabled their descendant to be!

— The Man Without Qualities

Your friends would not wish you to be without money.

— Middlemarch

One can put money into bad investments, and then it perishes on the field of money’s honour.

— The Man Without Qualities

But we’d better hide this,” he said, pointing to the money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I cannot say that he was never again misled by his hopefulness: the yield of crops or the profits of a cattle sale usually fell below his estimate; and he was always prone to believe that he could make money by the purchase of a horse which turned out badly—though this, Mary observed, was of course the fault of the horse, not of Fred’s judgment.

— Middlemarch

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

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Moreover, he was scared of his powers of invective, so much so that in order to placate him, he’d published his portrait in L’Art industriel together with an article praising him to the skies; and being more susceptible to fame than money, at about eight o’clock in came Pellerin, quite out of breath.

— A Sentimental Education

And then I go down, see, I’d like to take everything off their hands, but downstairs I start to get worried: no money, no money.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

At the moment when they were stripped of their rateen coats and made to put on black frocks, their whole education was limited to an immense and boundless respect for money, “dry and liquid,” as they say in Franche-Comté.

— The Red and the Black

Give me the money, boss, I’ll sign the papers myself.

— Zorba the Greek

Even if they had money lying there, the owners never bothered to keep an eye on her, for they knew that they could have left a thousand rubles in cash and forgotten all about it, and she would not have taken a single kopek.

— The Brothers Karamazov

The money won’t hold us up.

— Anna Karenina
death

Death has begun his slow, slow song.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

I think his broad brow to be full of a prairie-like placidity, born of a speculative indifference as to death.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

They could easily have found a way to make my death unaccountable.

— The Red and the Black

And he could not do it very often, and there remained afterwards always the sense of failure and death.

— Sons and Lovers

The group under the gum-trees, for instance, or Ella lying in the grass with Paul, or Ella writing novels, or Ella wanting death in the aeroplane, or the pigeons falling to Paul’s rifle—all these had gone, been absorbed, had given place to what was really important.

— The Golden Notebook

A poor man in this world can be done to death in two main ways, by the absolute indifference of his fellows in peacetime or by their homicidal mania when there’s a war.

— Journey to the End of the Night

At his grandmother’s death he’d come into a sizeable fortune and was less interested in having a good time than in being ‘distinguished’, different from everybody else, in a word, ‘having style’, as he put it.

— A Sentimental Education

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

He also knew that many great masculine minds, whose thoughts about it he had read, had pondered death and yet did not know a hundredth part of what his wife and Agafya Mikhailovna knew about it.

— Anna Karenina

When they spoke to you, you kept away from their mouths, because in there poor people smell of death.

— Journey to the End of the Night

From the strange mode of Cornelius’s death, my father had made a transition to that of Socrates, and was giving my uncle Toby an abstract of his pleading before his judges;——’twas irresistible:——not the oration of Socrates,—but my father’s temptation to it.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

But now we two—one soul—one death will die.

— Metamorphoses

Père Birouette had caught a glimpse of death.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Music sung by French singers bored her to death, and yet Julien, who made it his duty to watch the crowd coming out of the opera, noted that she had herself taken there as often as possible.

— The Red and the Black

It’s a lively death.

— The Book of Disquiet

He was on the verge of the brain fever to which he succumbed completely after the shock of Smerdyakov’s death.

— The Brothers Karamazov

The refusal means one can neither change nor destroy; the refusal means ultimately either death or impoverishment of the individual.

— The Golden Notebook

Death, however, proved to have been caused by an initial stab with the scissors, which had cut the woman’s carotid artery; but the murderer had continued striking the unconscious body with every object he could get his hands on.

— History

Was I in a condition to stipulate with death, as I am this moment with my apothecary, how and where I will take his glister——I should certainly declare against submitting to it before my friends; and therefore, I never seriously think upon the mode and manner of this great catastrophe, which generally takes up and torments my thoughts as much as the catastrophe itself, but I constantly draw the curtain across it with this wish, that the Disposer of all things may so order it, that it happen not to me in my own house——but rather in some decent inn——at home, I know it,——the concern of my friends, and the last services of wiping my brows and smoothing my pillow, which the quivering hand of pale affection shall pay me, will so crucify my soul, that I shall die of a distemper which my physician is not aware of: but in an inn, the few cold offices I wanted, would be purchased with a few guineas, and paid me with an undisturbed, but punctual attention——but mark.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

The sight of his brother and the proximity of death renewed in Levin’s soul that feeling of horror at the inscrutability and, with that, the nearness and inevitability of death, which had seized him on that autumn evening when his brother had come for a visit.

— Anna Karenina

In the final period before her death she used to suffer from severe attacks of depression.

— Season of Migration to the North

Death spins his coat and sings: oh yes, oh yes.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

From the death chamber uncle Anagnosti and Kondomanolio came bareheaded and crossed themselves.

— Zorba the Greek

He who has not the courage to suffer either death or life, who will neither resist nor flee, what can we do with him?

— Essays

He could go to the brink of death, he could lie on the edge and look in.

— Sons and Lovers

And she humps her back and screeches, and Death moves off, gets going, his grey giant coat flaps up, then paintings and landscapes become visible swimming around him, all of them, swirling around him from his feet to his chest.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

There is a reaper, Death yclept, I must go up on the hills and weep and wail and lament with the herds in the desert, because they are so ravaged that none wander there, both the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field are gone.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

And to think that a week earlier they’d have given me four columns and my picture in the papers for the death of a colonel the way I’d seen it.

— Journey to the End of the Night

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 days the taste of death remained on my lips.

— Zorba the Greek

And who could say that the death of Raffles had been hastened?

— Middlemarch