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love

‘It depends on what sort of love.’

— A Sentimental Education

Ungrateful man, will your heart help you to find a way of letting me know you love me, before you leave for the walk?

— The Red and the Black

‘If you feel like it,’ replied Frédéric, slumped in a corner of the berline and watching the victoria disappear, with the dreadful feeling that something irreparable had just occurred and that he’d forfeited the great love of his life.

— A Sentimental Education

But at the period when I was in love with Gilberte, I still believed that Love did really exist outside ourselves; that, allowing us at the most to surmount the obstacles in our way, it offered its blessings in an order to which we were not free to make the least alteration; it seemed to me that if I had, on my own initiative, substituted for the sweetness of avowal a pretence of indifference, I should not only have been depriving myself of one of the joys for which I most longed, but fabricating, quite arbitrarily, a love that was artificial and valueless, that bore no relation to the true one, whose mysterious and foreordained ways I should thus have ceased to follow.

— In Search of Lost Time

“If she didn’t love me just a little,” he told himself, “she wouldn’t want to change me.”

— In Search of Lost Time

Mrs. Bridget had pawn’d all the little stock of honour a poor chambermaid was worth in the world, that she would get to the bottom of the affair in ten days; and it was built upon one of the most concessible postulatums in nature: namely, that whilst my uncle Toby was making love to her mistress, the Corporal could find nothing better to do, than make love to her——“And I’ll let him as much as he will,” said Bridget, “to get it out of him.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

You know how much I love them, I worship them!

— Père Goriot

And he began to sing:

Oh I love my Fanchette,

Who’s never arty…”

— Père Goriot

Not Clymene,

Nor Rhodos now had power to hold his heart,

Nor Circe’s lovely mother, nor the girl,

Sad Clytie, who languished for his love,

Though scorned, and at that moment nursed her wound.

— Metamorphoses

I’m in love, I’m in love, it’s clear as can be!

— The Red and the Black

She remembered Sergei Ivanovich, who was especially amiable towards her, and Stiva’s friend, the kindly Turovtsyn, who had helped her take care of her children when they had scarlet fever and was in love with her.

— Anna Karenina

‘You know, Alexei,’ she said, after hearing him out, ‘how much I love you and how ready I am to do anything for you.

— Anna Karenina

And that was a queer state of affairs, for a heart that is getting on for fifty years of age is a tough muscle that refuses to expand as easily as does that of a twenty-year-old in the flowering season of love; and it caused him considerable discomfort.

— The Man Without Qualities

And Darya Alexandrovna pictured the most passionate and impossible love affairs.

— Anna Karenina

Though he was in love with the whole world, now he saw clearly that this was his greatest love.

— History

That’s the way it should be—love should come before logic, just as you said.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I love it.

— Sons and Lovers

The reason, I hasten to add, was not the cruelty of my lady-love, but the immoderate passion engendered within my mind by a craving that was ill-restrained.

— The Decameron

Most of us who turn to any subject with love remember some morning or evening hour when we got on a high stool to reach down an untried volume, or sat with parted lips listening to a new talker, or for very lack of books began to listen to the voices within, as the first traceable beginning of our love.

— Middlemarch

For all her pride, and the strength of her love, it was hard for her to bear her husband’s glance.

— Père Goriot

“Ah!” she answered, “like mother said to me when I was little: ‘Love begets love’.”

— Sons and Lovers

The raven once had been a silvery bird,

With snow-white wings, pure as the spotless doves,

His whiteness rivalling the wakeful geese

Whose voice would one day save the Capitol,

And rivalling the swans that love the streams.

— Metamorphoses

Now as widow Wadman did love my uncle Toby——and my uncle Toby did not love widow Wadman, there was nothing for Wadman to do, but to go on and love my uncle Toby——or let it alone.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

We made some pretty love-talk for an hour or so, and I’m to call on her Saturday afternoon, the day after tomorrow.

— Père Goriot

But the main company of the Shcherbatskys involuntarily constituted itself of the Moscow lady Marya Evgenyevna Rtishchev, her daughter, whom Kitty found disagreeable because, like Kitty, she had become ill from love, and a Moscow colonel whom Kitty had seen and known since childhood in a uniform and epaulettes and who was extraordinarily ridiculous here, with his little eyes and open neck in a brightly coloured tie, and tedious because there was no getting rid of him.

— Anna Karenina

My dearest, mon très, très cher, what a world of love I have built up for you during this miraculous June!

— Lolita

You don’t love those things with reason, with logic, you love them with your innards, with your belly, and that’s also how you love your own first youthful strength.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Only very listlessly did she earn her three pennies — or three nickels — per day; and she proved to be a cruel negotiator whenever it was in her power to deny me certain life-wrecking, strange, slow paradisal philters without which I could not live more than a few days in a row, and which, because of the very nature of love’s languor, I could not obtain by force.

— Lolita

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

— Great Expectations

Since the day when the entire court had come rushing to La Grande Mademoiselle’s house, after Louis XIV changed his mind about allowing her to marry and threw her lover into prison, there had not been such a brilliant love affair as Madame de Beauséant’s.

— Père Goriot

‘Love …’ she repeated slowly with her inner voice, and suddenly, just as she freed the lace, added: ‘That’s why I don’t like this word, because it means too much for me, far more than you can understand,’ and she looked him in the face: ‘Good-bye!’

— Anna Karenina

And he would maintain a bitter, humorous laugh, while Ella exclaimed: ‘How can you separate love-making off from everything else?

— The Golden Notebook

It was true that she had been fond of the brother-in-law, a handsome man, but she had also been in love with her sister, so beautiful a woman as to make it difficult to believe that the two could have had the same mother.

— The Sound of the Mountain
money

Mr. Vincy was a little in awe of him, a little vain that he wanted to marry Rosamond, a little indisposed to raise a question of money in which his own position was not advantageous, a little afraid of being worsted in dialogue with a man better educated and more highly bred than himself, and a little afraid of doing what his daughter would not like.

— Middlemarch

For I believe he hid a part of the money there shortly before his arrest, stuffed it into some hole, some chink under the floorboards, or in a little corner under the roof.

— The Brothers Karamazov

The rent was correspondingly low, but all the rest—getting the place into a state of good repair and bringing it into line with modern ideas of comfort—had cost an unexpectedly large amount of money.

— The Man Without Qualities

‘I don’t mean to imply that he won’t,’ said I, ‘but it might make you hold your tongue about us and our money, I should think.’

— Great Expectations

I had some money that belonged to you, I made good use of it, and that’s all.

— Père Goriot

But still, the soul of a seminarist ought not to find anything unbearable except the want of pleasures and of money.

— The Red and the Black

You love money, I know that.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And it was just this fact that caused the prosecutor to assume that the money must be hidden in some crevice in Mokroye.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Use this money well, because even were it to save your life, I could not a second time lay my hands on so considerable a sum without letting your father know, and that would damage the peace of the family.

— Père Goriot

Featherstone had rarely given him presents of money, and at this moment it seemed almost harder to part with the immediate prospect of bank-notes than with the more distant prospect of the land.

— Middlemarch

Or did Smerdyakov want to have some competition from a man who was very likely to want to appropriate the money himself?

— The Brothers Karamazov

Some may say that he feigned the fit precisely to avoid being suspected of the murder himself, having told the accused about the money and the signals to lure him to come and kill Fyodor Karamazov and hoping to beat him to the money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And then he killed his father, but still didn’t pay me the money back.

— The Brothers Karamazov

You try going to Australia now, someone said to me, and you won’t see a sheep anywhere, for love nor money.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

And here I’ve worn you all out, and we’re spending money …

— Anna Karenina

The second instalment of the merchant’s money for the wood had been received and was not yet all spent, Dolly had been very sweet and kind lately, and the thought of the dinner gladdened Stepan Arkadyich in all respects.

— Anna Karenina

So that’s where the money I had yesterday came from, gentleman.

— The Brothers Karamazov

The money?

— Dead Souls

And so far he had observed that consideration: he had always had money in the bank.

— Anna Karenina

The family radio, already owned when Alfio was alive, had stopped working over a year ago, so Ninnarieddu, one fine day, had demolished it completely, taking it apart and using the pieces for various constructions of his own (nor did she have the money to buy another).

— History

It was generally known in Middlemarch that a good deal of money was lost and won in this way; and the consequent repute of the Green Dragon as a place of dissipation naturally heightened in some quarters the temptation to go there.

— Middlemarch

And this Hospital is a capital piece of work, due entirely to Mr. Bulstrode’s exertions, and in a great degree to his money.

— Middlemarch

This money also was taken from the pack.

— Sons and Lovers

He stood for every penny he had (and could not do otherwise, because as soon as he slackened his energy, he would not have enough money to pay the workers), and they stood only for working quietly and pleasantly, that is, as they were accustomed to do.

— Anna Karenina

I wanted him to see for himself what sort of person he was, and, indeed, he took the money and spent it with that creature in that place, in one single night…

— The Brothers Karamazov

Alyosha, excited by this recollection, expressed the opinion that the disgrace Mitya had had in mind lay in the fact that, although he had the fifteen hundred rubles on him and could give it back to Katerina, nevertheless he had decided not to return it and, instead, to use the money to take Grushenka away, if she was willing to go with him.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Who do I ask now, how am I going to go about it, given I don’t want to scrounge off of their money.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Answer—money.

— Middlemarch

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

Instead of his loud tormenting mood, he showed an intense, vague terror, and seemed to deprecate Bulstrode’s anger, because the money was all gone—he had been robbed—it had half of it been taken from him.

— Middlemarch

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

— The Red and the Black

Oh, I am not really contradicting myself, for that money could have existed, after all.

— The Brothers Karamazov

It will cost money and be troublesome; but I can do it, you know.

— Middlemarch
death

It was thus, standing, with his nails dug into the window frame, that death came to him.

— Zorba the Greek

She said that on the anniversary of Rikyu’s death this year the head of the Enshu School arranged a tea ceremony in the museum tea cottage.

— The Sound of the Mountain

Printed in a book or read aloud, it is a little like poetry, Schubert’s songs are a bit like this, Death and the Maiden, but what is it doing here?

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Understanding clearly then for the first time that for every man and for himself nothing lay ahead but suffering, death and eternal oblivion, he decided that it was impossible to live that way, that he had either to explain his life so that it did not look like the wicked mockery of some devil, or shoot himself.

— Anna Karenina

Bianchon, faintly tipsy, had forgotten to ask Mademoiselle Michonneau about Death-Dodger.

— Père Goriot

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

That’s how we kill death.

— Children of Gebelawi

Death holds less pain than does the wait for death.

— Essays

But the intense desire remained that the will of God might be the death of that hated man.

— Middlemarch

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

She had scented with terror the smell of death in the air.

— Zorba the Greek

——You puzzle me to death, cried my uncle Toby.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Those whose deliverance he had longed for would rejoice at his death.

— Children of Gebelawi

The sensation that, in an instant outside the bounds of time, I have bedded the goddess of Death and gazed out upon Hell from the aperture of her eyes—it’s a feeling no man can imagine.

— Season of Migration to the North

The idea appears actually incongruous, in the same way as the life and death of Mustafa Sa’eed in such a place seems incredible.

— Season of Migration to the North

In the USSR, the Stalin system of terror is extended from the higher echelons of the bureaucracy to the masses of the people (millions and millions of arrests, deportations to labor camps, indiscriminate and arbitrary death sentences in a convulsive multiplication, etc.).

— History

Not doubting of her death,

They mourned the house of Cadmus, beat their breasts

And tore their hair and garments.

— Metamorphoses

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

— Sons and Lovers

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

He had expected that he himself would experience the same feeling of pity at losing his beloved brother and of horror in the face of death that he had experienced then, only to a greater degree.

— Anna Karenina

You caused the death of the great man.

— Children of Gebelawi

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

But then the manifestation of death is just as terrifying in an important or in an insignificant person; he who just yesterday had been walking about, playing cards, signing papers, who had so often been seen in the company of officials with his bushy eyebrows and winking eye, was now stretched out on a table.

— Dead Souls

Maybe things were a little better than twenty years ago, nobody could say that I hadn’t made a wee beginning of progress, but there seemed no possibility of my ever managing, like Robinson, to fill my head with one single idea, but that one superb, a thought far stronger than death, and of my succeeding, just with my idea, of exuding joy, carefreeness, and courage wherever I went.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Now as for my spirits, little have I to lay to their charge—nay so very little (unless the mounting me upon a long stick, and playing the fool with me nineteen hours out of the twenty-four, be accusations) that on the contrary, I have much—much to thank ‘em for: cheerily have ye made me tread the path of life with all the burdens of it (except its cares) upon my back; in no one moment of my existence, that I remember, have ye once deserted me, or tinged the objects which came in my way, either with sable, or with a sickly green; in dangers ye gilded my horizon with hope, and when DEATH himself knocked at my door—ye bad him come again; and in so gay a tone of careless indifference, did ye do it, that he doubted of his commission——

“—There must certainly be some mistake in this matter,” quoth he.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

In Nuremberg, with twelve death sentences, the trial of the Nazi leaders ends.

— History

We consider death, poverty, and pain our principal adversaries.

— Essays

The leaping blade lodged in its owner’s throat,

Yet not a blow of power enough to cause

His death.

— Metamorphoses

She was near death, and I would have promised her anything.

— Pedro Páramo

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

Sir James never ceased to regard Dorothea’s second marriage as a mistake; and indeed this remained the tradition concerning it in Middlemarch, where she was spoken of to a younger generation as a fine girl who married a sickly clergyman, old enough to be her father, and in little more than a year after his death gave up her estate to marry his cousin—young enough to have been his son, with no property, and not well-born.

— Middlemarch

Happy are those who can delight and gratify their sense by insensibility, and live by their death.

— Essays

All the speakers seized the opportunity to inveigh against socialism, which had led to Monsieur Dambreuse’s death.

— A Sentimental Education