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love

Water the earth with tears of joy and love those tears.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Our house is Rifaaite; all the people in it are followers of Rifaa, and the storytellers tell every night how he lived and died for the sake of love and happiness; and yet the first thing we hear every morning is their quarrels and curses.

— Children of Gebelawi

What’s my strongest need—being with one man, love, all that.

— The Golden Notebook

She had told him that she loved him because she thoroughly understood him, that she knew what he must love and that all that he loved, all of it, was good.

— Anna Karenina

It cannot be said with certainty whether love had come to our hero.

— Dead Souls

And, noticing as he drove home that the moon had now changed its position relatively to his own and was almost touching the horizon, feeling that his love, too, was obedient to these immutable natural laws, he asked himself whether this period upon which he had entered would last much longer, whether presently his mind’s eye would cease to behold that beloved face save as occupying a distant and diminished position, and on the verge of ceasing to shed on him the radiance of its charm.

— In Search of Lost Time

While they had been apart, and with that surge of love she had been feeling all the time recently, she had imagined him as a four-year-old boy, the way she had loved him most.

— Anna Karenina

There is nothing shews the characters of my father and my uncle Toby, in a more entertaining light, than their different manner of deportment, under the same accident——for I call not love a misfortune, from a persuasion, that a man’s heart is ever the better for it——Great God! what must my uncle Toby’s have been, when ’twas all benignity without it.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The dullest love dialogues are kind of amusing when you know the people.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Toward Molly, one of the lovely girls there, I soon developed an uncommon feeling of trust, which in frightened people takes the place of love.

— Journey to the End of the Night

His gradually acquired repugnance for this kind of love finally extended to his own body as well, which had always encouraged these topsy-turvy relationships by presenting women with an illusion of staple masculinity—an ideal that Ulrich did not live up to, having too much of a mind and being made up, as he was, of too many inner contradictions.

— The Man Without Qualities

When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal, in satisfying his vices.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I love this garden; nothing in my past life was sweeter to me than sitting in it.

— Children of Gebelawi

But all the same Lydia Ivanovna’s help was in the highest degree effective: she gave Alexei Alexandrovich moral support in the awareness of her love and respect for him, and especially, as she found it comforting to think, in that she had almost converted him to Christianity — that is, turned him from an indifferent and lazy believer into an ardent and firm adherent of that new explanation of Christian doctrine that had lately spread in Petersburg.

— Anna Karenina

My love listened to these new counsels; they persuaded it that the morrow would not be different from all the days that had gone before; that Gilberte’s feeling for me, too long established now to be capable of alteration, was indifference; that in my friendship with Gilberte, it was I alone who loved.

— In Search of Lost Time

But then, one night, she entered the dreams of her daughter Mumtaz, the blackie whom she had never been able to love because of her skin of a South Indian fisherwoman, and realized the trouble would not stop there; because Mumtaz Aziz — like her admirer under the carpets — was also falling in love. 

— Midnight's Children

“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

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

— Great Expectations

That meant, he had arranged with Jane, from my home, to meet her to make love, gone over, made love, come back, got into my bed, slept.

— The Golden Notebook

Thus had Narcissus mocked her; others too,

Hill-nymphs and water-nymphs and many a man

He mocked; till one scorned youth, with raised hands, prayed,

‘So may he love—and never win his love!’

— Metamorphoses

“Love you.”

— Sons and Lovers

I beg the reader will assist me here, to wheel off my uncle Toby’s ordnance behind the scenes,——to remove his sentry-box, and clear the theatre, if possible, of horn-works and half moons, and get the rest of his military apparatus out of the way;——that done, my dear friend Garrick, we’ll snuff the candles bright,—sweep the stage with a new broom,—draw up the curtain, and exhibit my uncle Toby dressed in a new character, throughout which the world can have no idea how he will act: and yet, if pity be akin to love,—and bravery no alien to it, you have seen enough of my uncle Toby in these, to trace these family likenesses, betwixt the two passions (in case there is one) to your heart’s content.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

At twenty a young man’s heart, if he has any breeding, is a thousand leagues removed from that casualness without which love is often no more than the most tedious of duties.

— The Red and the Black

But what we strive to gratify, though we may call it a distant hope, is an immediate desire: the future estate for which men drudge up city alleys exists already in their imagination and love.

— Middlemarch

——All I contend for is, that I am not obliged to set out with a definition of what love is; and so long as I can go on with my story intelligibly, with the help of the word itself, without any other idea to it, than what I have in common with the rest of the world, why should I differ from it a moment before the time?

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Isn’t there bright eyes somewheres, wot you love the thoughts on?

— Great Expectations

Was it reasonable to suppose that Wad Rayyes was in love?

— Season of Migration to the North

“I love you,” she said to me, and I believed her.

— Season of Migration to the North

The world of the future is not yet born, it is elusive, fluid, made of the light from which dreams are woven; it is a cloud buffeted by violent winds—love, hate, imagination, luck, God….

— Zorba the Greek

Ulrich replied by saying that Hans had all the time been speaking—even though to some extent in very arbitrary disguises—about love and nothing else: about the saint’s love, the anchorite’s love, the love that overflowed the banks of desire, the love that had always been described as a loosening up, a dissolution, indeed as a reversal of all worldly relations, and which in any case signified not merely an emotion but a change in a person’s whole way of thinking and perceiving.

— The Man Without Qualities

The Vlasyev girl is completely in love with him.

— Anna Karenina

Being in love is nothing, it’s sticking together that’s difficult.

— Journey to the End of the Night

He trusted no man nor woman, who had no man’s nor woman’s love, since Ellen was incapable of love and Judith was too much like him and he must have seen at a glance that Bon, even though the daughter might still be saved from him, had already corrupted the son.

— Absalom, Absalom!
money

So Smerdyakov could have killed and stolen the money, and Dmitry would have been suspected.

— The Brothers Karamazov

So how could he possibly even consider giving me money which would, if anything, strengthen the possibility, when he’s crazy about her himself?

— The Brothers Karamazov

And he’s just took out his wallet to see how much money he has when there’s a ring at the door, yes, it’s the postie, but he’s late today, it’s past twelve, I’ll tell him so myself.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Yes, exaggerate the shame and humiliation that accepting the money inflicted upon the accused.

— The Brothers Karamazov

It’s very healthy and pleasant for him to ride around, and I make it a rule that the money goes for keeping a coach and coachman.

— Anna Karenina

To be sure, for younger sons and women who have no money, it is a sort of provision to go mad: they are taken care of then.

— Middlemarch

Naturally Batikha, chief of their new quarter, did not love him, partly because of his goodness and partly because he was not able to pay any protection money; but at the same time, he could find no excuse for attacking him.

— Children of Gebelawi

True, the muzhiks of this company, though they had agreed to conduct business on the new basis, referred to the land not as common but as shared, and both the muzhiks of the association and Rezunov himself more than once said to Levin: ‘If you’d take money for the land, it would put you at ease and unbind us.’

— Anna Karenina

All money is fake!

— History

“Well, but how—we only want eighteen—here, put the rest back, child,—but how did you know about it?” said Caleb, who, in his unconquerable indifference to money, was beginning to be chiefly concerned about the relation the affair might have to Mary’s affections.

— Middlemarch

Whether he chose that time to go in order to get Bon and his mother together and thrash the business out for good and all or not, nobody knows, just as nobody knows whether he ever saw the mother or not while he was there, if she received him or refused to receive him; or if she did and he tried once more to come to terms with her, buy her off maybe with money now, since Father said that a man who could believe that a scorned and outraged and angry woman could be bought off with formal logic would believe that she could be placated with money too, and it didn’t work; or if Bon was there and it was Bon himself who refused the offer, though nobody ever did know if Bon ever knew Sutpen was his father or not, whether he was trying to revenge his mother or not at first and only later fell in love, only later succumbed to the current of retribution and fatality which Miss Rosa said Sutpen had started and had doomed all his blood to, black and white both.

— Absalom, Absalom!

The people who form such purely intellectual circles are above considerations of money and social distinction; but it must not be forgotten that for this very reason there is a special fascination in it for them when a rich man decides to become one of them; and what was more, in his pamphlets and books Arnheim preached nothing less than precisely the union of soul and economics, or of ideas and power.

— The Man Without Qualities

He merely handed Alexei Alexandrovich the money he needed and gave a brief report on the state of his affairs, which was not entirely good, because it so happened that, having gone out frequently that year, they had spent more and there was a deficit.

— Anna Karenina

Say another word—one single word—and Wemmick shall give you your money back.’

— Great Expectations

And so now we find out, by the admission of the prosecutor himself, that the entire accusation of robbery against my client is based on that torn envelope with its inscription, because, as he said himself, without it no one would have even known of the existence of the money, let alone that it had been stolen.

— The Brothers Karamazov

It was true that the association with this man had been fatal to him—true that if he had had the thousand pounds still in his hands with all his debts unpaid he would have returned the money to Bulstrode, and taken beggary rather than the rescue which had been sullied with the suspicion of a bribe (for, remember, he was one of the proudest among the sons of men)—nevertheless, he would not turn away from this crushed fellow mortal whose aid he had used, and make a pitiful effort to get acquittal for himself by howling against another.

— Middlemarch

I told her so, and told her that I would spend any money or take any pains to drive him out of that country.

— Great Expectations

Well, Mrs. Bulstrode is Mr. Vincy’s own sister, and they do say that Mr. Vincy mostly trades on the Bank money; and you may see yourself, brother, when a woman past forty has pink strings always flying, and that light way of laughing at everything, it’s very unbecoming.

— Middlemarch

The wedding contract assured Aadam Aziz of a respectable sum of money, which would help buy a house in Agra, and the dowry included, at Doctor Aziz’s especial request, a certain mutilated bedsheet.

— Midnight's Children

I never see money hauled in by the wagon-load like that, before.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

People in Nantucket invest their money in whaling vessels, the same way that you do yours in approved state stocks bringing in good interest.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

“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

I hain’t got no money, I tell you.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

This time I had lost everything—my money, my men, the line, the trucks; we had constructed a small port and now we had nothing to export.

— Zorba the Greek

And so, in that month of hopeless passion, of moral degradation, of betrayal of the woman to whom he was engaged, after misappropriating the money that had been entrusted to his honor, the accused finds himself on the verge of a frantic explosion provoked by his constant jealousy.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I’ve brought the money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

So you did take the money?

— The Brothers Karamazov

“There’s one comfort,” she said to Paul, “he’ll never have any money to marry on, that I am sure of.

— Sons and Lovers

Further it was elicited from her that during the past month Mitya had often told her he did not have a kopek to his name but that he expected to get some money from his father.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Even if you have to sell my aunt’s old lace, to get enough money, tell her I’ll send her even more beautiful stuff.

— Père Goriot

So I’ve been wondering what it was that could have infuriated him enough to make him trample that money underfoot, for, believe me, he had no idea himself until the very last second that he’d throw it down and stamp on it.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Once he was shot down, he went home, where an insurance director relieves him of his money.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Mind you, according to Smerdyakov, the money was under the mattress, and the accused is supposed to have pulled it out from under the mattress.

— The Brothers Karamazov
death

At the time all I could do was tell her I would do what she asked, and from promising so often I kept repeating the promise even after I had pulled my hands free of her death grip.

— Pedro Páramo

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

He did not believe in death generally and especially not in her death, though Lydia Ivanovna had told him and his father had confirmed it, and therefore, even after he was told that she was dead, he looked for her during his walks.

— Anna Karenina

The war of starvation which began that day very nearly became a duel to the death.

— Midnight's Children

Voice of death resounding

Around the Guadalquivir,

Old voices closing around

The voice of the male carnation.

— Gypsy Ballads

That’s death.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Of such a letter, Death himself might well have been the post-boy.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Several days before her death she confessed to me her relationship with the accused.

— Season of Migration to the North

Of a finer temper is the deed of Captain Bayard, who, feeling himself wounded to death by a harquebus shot in the body, and advised to withdraw from the fight, replied that he would not begin at the end of his life to turn his back on the enemy.

— Essays

For his part, meanwhile, the recent Founder of the Empire, taking this great step in his career, had actually put his foot in the trap that was to doom him to the final scandal, to his downfall and death.

— History

The voice of Death, the voice of Death, the voice of Death:

What’s the use of so much strength, what’s the use of going straight, oh yes, oh yes, look at her, discern, rue.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

But it was during the evil days at Antioch that her presence became indispensable to me, as was always her esteem in after times, an esteem which I kept till her death.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

It was a long list; four of the witnesses did not appear: Miusov, who was at that time in Paris but whose deposition was available in the records of the preliminary investigation; Mrs. Khokhlakov and Mr. Maximov, both unavailable because of illness; and Smerdyakov, because of his sudden death, the certificate of which had been presented by the police.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I do hope and trust I shall not see her, for I should be frightened to death lest I should say anything about her husband.

— Middlemarch

After long hesitation Rufus decided to ban the study of Jewish law as seditious; a few days later Akiba, who had disregarded that decree, was arrested and put to death.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

Death doesn’t resemble slumber, I said, since in slumber one is alive and sleeping, and I don’t know how death can resemble anything at all for us, since we have no experience of it, nor anything to compare it to.

— The Book of Disquiet

A week before the day—the day before his death—he arranged his affairs.

— Season of Migration to the North

But not only did each of these famous whales enjoy great individual celebrity—nay, you may call it an ocean-wide renown; not only was he famous in life and now is immortal in forecastle stories after death, but he was admitted into all the rights, privileges, and distinctions of a name; had as much a name indeed as Cambyses or Cæsar.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Death in itself did not seem horrible to him.

— The Red and the Black

They would all of them walk unseeingly past a blind man in the street, would hear some unfortunate’s tale without a trace of emotion, and would see death as a viable solution to the grinding poverty which left them, each and all, cold to the most ghostly agony.

— Père Goriot

Theoretically this means that the family without a roof over its head, if it has not frozen to death in an icy winter’s night, will be just as happy, when it sees the first rays of the morning sun, as the rich man who has to get out of his warm bed; and in practice what it comes to is that every person bears the burden with which he has been loaded as patiently as a donkey, for a donkey that is only just a little bit stronger than the weight of its burden demands of it is happy.

— The Man Without Qualities

For days after she had heard of her death she had seen her thus, putting her wreath to her forehead and going unquestioningly with her companion, a shadow, across the fields.

— To the Lighthouse

In that case I’ll die; and who can put off the hour fixed for his death?

— Children of Gebelawi

In reality, when Useppe had seen him appear at the window on Monday afternoon, Davide, you might say, had already entered his death-agony.

— History

Death is chasing you, you’ve got to hurry, and while you’re looking you’ve got to eat, and keep away from wars.

— Journey to the End of the Night

But let us suppose that in death we principally consider the pain, as likewise poverty has nothing to be feared but this, that it delivers us into the hands of pain, by the thirst, hunger, cold, heat, and sleepless nights that it makes us endure.

— Essays

When, seeing that my body is merely sickness and crime, age and death, shall I—free, fearless and blissful—retire into the forest?

— Zorba the Greek

So for the first sixteen years of her life she lived in that grim tight little house with the father whom she hated without knowing it—that queer silent man whose only companion and friend seems to have been his conscience and the only thing he cared about his reputation for probity among his fellow men—that man who was later to nail himself in his attic and starve to death rather than look upon his native land in the throes of repelling an invading army—and the aunt who even ten years later was still taking revenge for the fiasco of Ellen’s wedding by striking at the town, the human race, through any and all of its creatures—brother nieces nephew-in-law herself and all—with the blind irrational fury of a shedding snake; who had taught Miss Rosa to look upon her sister as a woman who had vanished not only out of the family and the house but out of life too, into an edifice like Bluebeard’s and there transmogrified into a mask looking back with passive and hopeless grief upon the irrevocable world, held there not in durance but in a kind of jeering suspension by a man (his face the same which Mr Coldfield now saw and had seen since that day when, with his future son-in-law for ostensible yokemate but actually whip, Mr Coldfield’s conscience had set the brakes and, surrendering even his share of the cargo, he and the son-in-law had parted) who had entered hers and her family’s life before she was born with the abruptness of a tornado, done irrevocable and incalculable damage, and gone on—a grim mausoleum air of puritan righteousness and outraged female vindictiveness in which Miss Rosa’s childhood (that aged and ancient and timeless absence of youth which consisted of a Cassandra-like listening beyond closed doors, of lurking in dim halls filled with that presbyterian effluvium of lugubrious and vindictive anticipation while she waited for the infancy and childhood with which nature had confounded and betrayed her to overtake the precocity of convinced disapprobation regarding any and every thing which could penetrate the walls of that house through the agency of any man, particularly her father, which the aunt seems to have invested her with at birth along with the swaddling clothes) was passed.

— Absalom, Absalom!

A film rolled up over them, then with a small perceptible shake of determination it pushed death away and struggled for a moment in Paul’s hands.

— The Golden Notebook

Not doubting of her death,

They mourned the house of Cadmus, beat their breasts

And tore their hair and garments.

— Metamorphoses

And he briefly repeated to himself the whole train of his thought during those last two years, the beginning of which was the clear, obvious thought of death at the sight of his beloved, hopelessly ill brother.

— Anna Karenina

“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

Once the city coroner’s verified the cause of death, he gets sewn into a shroud, and then he’ll be buried.

— Père Goriot