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love

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

Although I’m a carpenter like father, I love stories.

— Children of Gebelawi

Better Siberia than your love, Katya, for I love another woman, and I know that you got to know her only too well today, so I don’t expect you can ever forgive us.

— The Brothers Karamazov

You don’t care if I love you or not?

— Journey to the End of the Night

Love itself is misery and nothing else, misery lying out of our mouths, the bitch, and nothing else.

— Journey to the End of the Night

“Love is stronger than death.”

— Zorba the Greek

Frédéric gave his most solemn word that he’d never thought of Madame Arnoux, because he was too much in love with another woman.

— A Sentimental Education

I suppose a woman is never in love with any one she has always known—ever since she can remember; as a man often is.

— Middlemarch

Later I found out that he responded to my provocation because he, too, somehow felt jealous of me: he had rather resented my past friendship with his wife—his fiancée at the time—and now he feared that if she learned I had insulted him and he had not challenged me to a duel, she might come to despise him and then would not love him as before.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Nevertheless, since pride had inevitably to show itself in some way, she insisted on exposing herself boldly to all the risks love might make her run.

— The Red and the Black

Whereas I can be busy with love, but not be late for a game in the evening.

— Anna Karenina

If I must love my fellow man, he had better hide himself, for no sooner do I see his face than there’s an end to my love for him.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I love to lie hard and alone, and even without my wife—This last word may stagger the faith of the world—but remember, “La Vraisemblance (as Baylet says in the affair of Liceti) n’est pas toujours du Cotè de la Verité.”

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

But I, and all the family, all those who love her, beseech you.

— Anna Karenina

Exhausted then and dying, these few words

She forced herself to murmur: “By our vows

Of wedlock, by the gods of home and heaven,

By my deserts, if I have well deserved,

By my death’s cause, my own still-living love,

I beg you, I implore you, not to take

Zephyr to be your wife in place of me.”

— Metamorphoses

And maybe your old man was right this time and they did think maybe the war would settle it and they would not have to themselves, or at least maybe Henry hoped it would because maybe your old man was right here too and Bon didn’t care; that since both of the two people who could have given him a father had declined to do it, nothing mattered to him now, revenge or love or all, since he knew now that revenge could not compensate him nor love assuage.

— Absalom, Absalom!

Mustafa Sa’eed had drawn them with a clarity of vision and sympathy that approached love.

— Season of Migration to the North

They knew that the two women contending for his love would appear at the trial.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Their love for Rifaa that had brought them crowding round gave them the courage to answer back to Batikha’s warnings.

— Children of Gebelawi

And she was wrong about his feelings: he did love his mother and disliked only what he called in his schoolboy lingo “that sickening slobbery stuff.”

— The Brothers Karamazov

I want love and there is none.

— Anna Karenina

But I love Alyosha with my whole soul, do you hear me?

— The Brothers Karamazov

“You really love me?” she said.

— Père Goriot

To find like sentiments, you have to go back to the age of heroes; it was love affairs of this kind that set hearts to beating in the reign of Charles IX and of Henry III.

— The Red and the Black

—But—you love me so much, you want to put me in your pocket.

— Sons and Lovers

That adventure, wherein love brings a soul back to earth and temporarily grants it a body, moved each one of us, though at different depths.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

Perhaps fodder and speed were the only great horse-passions left in such a case as that of Pepi and Hans, for they were geldings and did not know love as tangible desire, but only as a filmy haze that at times veiled their vision of the world with thin, lucent clouds.

— The Man Without Qualities

Don’t you love me?

— The Red and the Black

“If, as I have, you also doe,

Vertue attired in woman see,

And dare love that, and say so too,

And forget the He and She;

 

And if this love, though placed so,

From prophane men you hide,

Which will no faith on this bestow,

Or, if they doe, deride:

 

Then you have done a braver thing

Than all the Worthies did,

And a braver thence will spring,

Which is, to keep that hid.”

— Middlemarch

For that reason, knowing what was before them — love and ambition and being wretched alone in dreary places — she had often the feeling, Why must they grow up and lose it all?

— To the Lighthouse

Love and justice and respect must rule between you.

— Children of Gebelawi

“A pureblooded animal, a thoroughbred, a classic beauty”: these were the latest terms of fashionable praise, replacing the “angels of Heaven,” the “Ossian-like” figures, and the whole ancient mythology of love the dandies were tossing aside.

— Père Goriot

Was it to talk about my love for Katerina, about the old man and Dmitry?

— The Brothers Karamazov
money

Well, I know for a fact that at that time he had no money whatsoever.

— The Brothers Karamazov

———And as far as the hundred pounds went, he would fling it upon the table, guinea by guinea, with that spirited jerk of an honest welcome, which generous souls, and generous souls only, are able to fling down money: but as soon as ever he enter’d upon the odd fifty,—he generally gave a loud Hem!—rubb’d the side of his nose leisurely with the flat part of his fore finger,——inserted his hand cautiously betwixt his head and the cawl of his wig,—look’d at both sides of every guinea, as he parted with it,—and seldom could get to the end of the fifty pounds, without pulling out his handkerchief, and wiping his temples.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Fred liked play, especially billiards, as he liked hunting or riding a steeplechase; and he only liked it the better because he wanted money and hoped to win.

— Middlemarch

I’ve spent some of your money, but it was such a terrible insult, I had to save our honor, yours as well as mine, I had to bring that little brat to her knees before us, I really had to.

— Zorba the Greek

Or if jealousy, then jealousy beefed up by money, but with money the main element.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Was he hoping that Dmitry Karamazov would make enough noise, wake up witnesses, and bring them to the scene of the murder, and then he, Smerdyakov, would get up and follow them (well, he would have to get up then, that couldn’t be helped!), go and kill his master for a second time, and steal the money that had already been stolen!

— The Brothers Karamazov

She came with money and a change of clothes, he whispered something to her, then he had to leave again, oh no.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

She has heard that he has abandoned his wife without money, with the two children.

— The Golden Notebook

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

Then your grandfather told him he must go away, disappear, giving him money to go on: ‘Whatever you are, once you are among strangers, people who dont know you, you can be whatever you will.

— Absalom, Absalom!

Oh, you should have seen Franz Biberkopf as he set out on the hunt for money. 

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

He loved money, but he also loved to spend it in gratifying his peculiar tastes, and perhaps he loved it best of all as a means of making others feel his power more or less uncomfortably.

— Middlemarch

People liked listening to him because it was so nice that a man who had so many ideas also had money.

— The Man Without Qualities

Richard who had a talent for nothing but making money, as yet undiscovered, was kept by Molly for two years, while he prepared himself to be a writer.

— The Golden Notebook

And once again he squandered the money there that he had stolen from his father after he killed him.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And on the other…’ (he faltered) ‘hand, its a way for the district coterie to make a little money.

— Anna Karenina

“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

But she said, cheerfully, replying to the surface of Molly’s words: ‘Yes, I think I’ll be short of money very soon, and I’ll have to get a job.’

— The Golden Notebook

He had always been afraid that the feelings he aroused in women might not be for himself, but for his money; and for this reason he lived only with women to whom he, for his part, gave not feelings but money.

— The Man Without Qualities

Mary, standing by the fire, saw its red light falling on the old man, propped up on his pillows and bed-rest, with his bony hand holding out the key, and the money lying on the quilt before him.

— Middlemarch

He was hungry again; the prison fare was not enough for a huge man like him, and he had no money to eke it out.

— The Man Without Qualities

Did you give him the money?

— The Brothers Karamazov

She’s much too good for him, he says, weeping big tears, but not too big, because after all she is stuck with two kids in Ceylon and no money, so he’s safe.

— The Golden Notebook

The trench-diggers of the legion were aided in their task by native crews; the building of the wall was for many of these mountain dwellers, so newly subdued, the first irrefutable proof of the protective power of Rome; their pay was the first Roman money to pass through their hands.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

Only logic makes some difficulties by asserting that the possession of money may perhaps confer certain qualities, but can never itself be a human quality.

— The Man Without Qualities

If money’s to be the measurer, man, and the accountants have computed their great counting-house the globe, by girdling it with guineas, one to every three parts of an inch; then, let me tell thee, that my vengeance will fetch a great premium here!

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

That money was mine.

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

I will not touch your key or your money, sir.

— Middlemarch

In the first few days, the sums spent in this manner filled him with respect, for he had all of the provincial’s veneration for money.

— The Red and the Black

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

What I have to thank you for is that you kept the money till now, when I can refuse it.

— Middlemarch

Or maybe she was so busy grooming him that she never thought of the money now, who probably never had had much time to remember it or count it or wonder how much there was in the intervals of the hating and the being mad, and so all to check him up about the money would be the lawyer and he (Bon) probably learned that the first thing: that he could go to his mother and hold the lawyer’s feet to the fire anytime, like the millionaire horse has only to come in one time with a little extra sweat on him, and tomorrow he will have a new jock.

— Absalom, Absalom!
death

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

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

They’d starve to death.

— Anna Karenina

Everyone has his own life … his role … his death …

— Journey to the End of the Night

Since all thought leads to death, a day would come when he’d see nothing else in his movie show.

— 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

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

He was close to death once, now he’s picked himself up!

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Now my father being entirely a water-drinker,—was a long time gravelled almost to death, in turning this as much to his advantage, as he did every other thing, which the ancients did or said; and it was not till the seventh year of his marriage, after a thousand fruitless experiments and devices, that he hit upon an expedient which answered the purpose;——and that was when any difficult and momentous point was to be settled in the family, which required great sobriety, and great spirit too, in its determination,——he fixed and set apart the first Sunday night in the month, and the Saturday night which immediately preceded it, to argue it over, in bed with my mother: By which contrivance, if you consider, Sir, with yourself,  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Slowly, slowly Death sings, wicked Babylon listens to him, the powers of storm listen to him.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

The truth is an endless death agony.

— Journey to the End of the Night

They flayed him alive and he died a martyr’s death, praising and glorifying Christ.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Not one was seen so beaten down with wounds as not to try even in his last gasp to avenge himself, and with the weapons of despair to assuage his death in the death of some enemy.

— Essays

Still talking with Altamira, Julien was drawing near the spot where she stood; she was watching him intently, studying his features in search of those high virtues that make a man worthy of the honor of being condemned to death.

— The Red and the Black

‘What’s death?’

— Great Expectations

And when his four first-cousins

Came home to Benameji,

Voices of death were silent

Around the Guadalquivir.

— Gypsy Ballads

He drank himself to death, years later.

— The Golden Notebook

But you know the way things should be, we all know; so what need is there to risk death?

— Children of Gebelawi

The excessiveness of my contrition and of my despair would be taken by Valenod and all the patricians of the region for an ignoble fear of death; they are so proud, those faint heroes whose wealth sets them above temptation!

— The Red and the Black

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

— Père Goriot

‘Death to any man who helps him or allows him to come back!’

— Children of Gebelawi

When you came to think of it, taking it bit by bit, it was a pretty muddled and dreary thing, after all, but still, there it was, his own track ran right across it, and looking back you could see it quite clearly, from birth on to death.

— The Man Without Qualities

He could not think of it because, when he imagined what was to be, he could not rid himself of the thought that death would resolve at a stroke all the difficulty of his situation.

— Anna Karenina

Naturally he too was scared to death.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Oh, for me it’s death.

— Père Goriot

One man complains of its ease:

Death, would that you scorned to take the coward’s life, 

And came only to valor!

— Essays

Their eyes threatened vengeance and death.

— Children of Gebelawi

But you, you’ve saved me from shame, and from death; I was overwhelmed with misery.

— Père Goriot

Death was certain, yet it would have been bad form to defend oneself and kill a Jacobin or two.

— The Red and the Black

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

— History

It seemed a little strange afterwards to have concluded that, by virtue of the fact that he had had a young woman with him, it had been such a death.

— The Sound of the Mountain

The idea that a man whom he had come to love and to venerate as a father suffered enough to seek out death was to him insupportable; it seemed to him that he must have failed in his obligations as a good son.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

She accepted the accident of my death, and not content to acquiesce, she wondered if I was as resigned to it as she was.

— Journey to the End of the Night

My only rival in her heart was the fear of her children’s death; but that was a natural and reasonable affection, attractive even to me who suffered from it.

— The Red and the Black