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love

But John, my John, it was only one little lipstick, one little red lipstick that I bought, for the making of my thirsty lips more beautiful for you, my love, and when I was buying of it I saw his cold blue eyes hot on my maiden thighs, and I ran, I was running my love, back from the store to you, to my love, my lips red for you, for you my John my man.

— The Golden Notebook

And each of those raptures of love is dated! … one from the day before yesterday.

— The Red and the Black

When I saw my wife again,

My heart was overcome and my resolve

To test her love and honour almost failed;

I hardly stopped myself confessing all,

Stopped myself kissing her as she deserved.

— Metamorphoses

Even what they called national feeling, this fusion of their everlastingly contending separate egos into dreamed-of unity, which they referred to as ‘the Germano-Christian commonweal’, had, when contrasted with the gnawing love-relations of their elders, something of the winged Eros about it.

— The Man Without Qualities

‘I’m already in love.’

— Anna Karenina

He held forth on the love of ornament—the cottage parlor moved him thereto—and its connection with aesthetics.

— Sons and Lovers

Fancy you falling in love at your age!

— Season of Migration to the North

Though of course he wanted to call it Forbidden Love. 

— The Golden Notebook

Just as he loved and praised country life in contrast to the life he did not love, so he loved the peasantry in contrast to the class of people he did not love, and so he knew the peasantry as something in contrast to people in general.

— Anna Karenina

And by the same token there would be so much love that Death would be shut up inside it with tenderness, and Death would be so cosy-comfortable in there, the bitch, that she’d finally start enjoying herself, she’d get pleasure out of love along with everyone else.

— Journey to the End of the Night

I sat there and felt not watched him slip the ring onto my finger in my turn (he was sitting now also, in the chair which we called Clytie’s while she stood just beyond the firelight’s range beside the chimney) and listened to his voice as Ellen must have listened in her own spirit’s April thirty years ago: he talking not about me or love or marriage, not even about himself and to no sane mortal listening nor out of any sanity, but to the very dark forces of fate which he had evoked and dared, out of that wild braggart dream where an intact Sutpen’s Hundred which no more had actual being now (and would never have again) than it had when Ellen first heard it, as though in the restoration of that ring to a living finger he had turned all time back twenty years and stopped it, froze it.

— Absalom, Absalom!

Where women love each other, men learn to smother their mutual dislike.

— Middlemarch

“That woman’s in love with me,” he told himself.

— The Red and the Black

Sometimes she’d pose as a woman of the world and laugh at love in a sneering way that made Frédéric itch to smack her face.

— A Sentimental Education

At first, after he had united with her and put on civilian clothes, he felt all the enchantment of freedom in general, which he had not known before, and of the freedom of love, and he was content, but not for long.

— Anna Karenina

I hope you will love your baby.

— Lolita

So one comes to love them and cannot let them perish.

— Zorba the Greek

“I love cornflowers on things,” said Paul.

— Sons and Lovers

The object of this yearning was actually Ulrich, and Soliman was cast in the role of the man whom one does not love and to whom one will nevertheless abandon oneself—a point on which Rachel was in no sort of doubt whatsoever.

— The Man Without Qualities

What could you love me for?

— Anna Karenina

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

— The Brothers Karamazov

In the kitchens of love, after all, vice is like the pepper in a good sauce; it brings out the flavor, it’s indispensable.

— Journey to the End of the Night

I’ve come to love it so much, in fact, that it’s really quite disgusting.

— The Brothers Karamazov

He kept repeating to himself wrathfully a line from Corneille that Mme. Derville had taught him a few days before: “Love creates equalities and does not seek them.”

— The Red and the Black

‘Poor unfortunate man!’ thought Levin, and tears came to his eyes from love and pity for the man.

— Anna Karenina

For long his words seemed vain; what they concealed

The lad’s strange death and stranger love revealed.

— Metamorphoses

Then they were swearing to love each other forever and ever and nothing could stop them, the heavens weren’t big enough.

— Journey to the End of the Night

The waters of her pool

Fell silent; from the depths their goddess raised

Her head and, combing her green tresses dry,

Told the old story of Alpheus’ love.

— Metamorphoses

She kept them hidden, not because she did not respect or love her mother, but because she was her mother.

— Anna Karenina

If you knew how painful it is for me, and what I would have given to be able to love you freely and boldly!

— Anna Karenina

And he abandoned himself joyously to his love for Mathilde.

— The Red and the Black

This tea had indeed seemed to Swann, just as it seemed to her, something precious, and love has such a need to find some justification for itself, some guarantee of duration, in pleasures which without it would have no existence and must cease with its passing, that when he left her at seven o’clock to go and dress for the evening, all the way home in his brougham, unable to repress the happiness with which the afternoon’s adventure had filled him, he kept repeating to himself: “How nice it would be to have a little woman like that in whose house one could always be certain of finding, what one never can be certain of finding, a really good cup of tea.”

— In Search of Lost Time

It was not long until she had become the impersonal centre of energy, the subterranean dynamo that supplied his illumination, and he wrote her a last letter in which he explained to her that the grand ideal of living for love’s sake actually had nothing at all to do with possession and the desire for it, which originate in the sphere of thriftiness, appropriation and gluttony.

— The Man Without Qualities
money

It may be possible, however, to find a much more obvious explanation for the accused’s excessively emotional attitude toward that money than a predisposition to insanity.

— The Brothers Karamazov

If some villager had had the inspiration to ask him for money, he would have pulled out his bundle of bills immediately and proceeded to hand them out right and left without restraint.

— The Brothers Karamazov

‘Because Mary Jane’ll be in mourning from this out; and first you know the nigger that does up the rooms will get an order to box these duds up and put ‘em away; and do you reckon a nigger can run across money and not borrow some of it?’

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

He must tell that he had not known of Raffle’s existence when he first mentioned his pressing need of money to Bulstrode, and that he took the money innocently as a result of that communication, not knowing that a new motive for the loan might have arisen on his being called into this man.

— Middlemarch

——What—without leave—without money——without governor? cried my father in amazement.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

But her feeling towards the vulgar rich was a sort of religious hatred: they had probably made all their money out of high retail prices, and Mrs. Cadwallader detested high prices for everything that was not paid in kind at the Rectory: such people were no part of God’s design in making the world; and their accent was an affliction to the ears.

— Middlemarch

Yet money, money, money all the time.

— The Golden Notebook

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

I didn’t have enough money to go to America.

— Journey to the End of the Night

And he started his search for money, on a wild hunch, in the most improbable place imaginable.

— The Brothers Karamazov

We spend our money on all kinds of shoddy, useless things. 

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Then he asked Ida if she could give him a little money, at least for tobacco, since he didn’t have a lira.

— History

Of course, his assurance was quite unfounded and irresponsible, but it was because of this thoughtlessness and irresponsibility that he felt sure his father would pay him the money and then he would be able to refund the sum to Miss Verkhovtsev by mailing the three thousand rubles to her relatives.

— The Brothers Karamazov

But then we took her money and spent it, so she couldn’t go back to Petersburg.

— The Brothers Karamazov

They had pots of money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

We already know what happened then: she quickly convinced him to accompany her to Samsonov’s house, where she was supposed to help the old man “count his money.”

— The Brothers Karamazov

Take care—experto crede—take care not to get hampered about money matters.

— Middlemarch

She can send me the money through Yegorov.

— Anna Karenina

‘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

It’s money we need, to buy food, even if only a few tortillas and chilis.

— Pedro Páramo

Shingo suspected she had come for money, but such did not seem to be the case.

— The Sound of the Mountain

He had shown off his money.

— The Stranger

There was a Lydgate at John’s who spent no end of money.

— Middlemarch

My small income added to her even smaller one impressed her as a brilliant fortune; not because the resulting sum now sufficed for most middle-class needs, but because even my money shone in her eyes with the magic of my manliness, and she saw our joint account as one of those southern boulevards at midday that have solid shade on one side and smooth sunshine on the other, all the way to the end of a prospect, where pink mountains loom.

— Lolita

Of course when he examines my accounts he’s finding out how much I spend on liquor, but it’s the money as well.

— The Golden Notebook

The synagogues of the great Syrian cities proved undecided or lukewarm, the most ardent among them contenting themselves with sending money in secret to the Zealots; the Jewish population of Alexandria, though naturally so turbulent, remained calm; the abscess in Jewish affairs remained local, confined within the arid region which extends from Jordan to the sea; this ailing finger could safely be cauterized, or amputated.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

I told Katerina that I had gone to the town and sent the money and that I’d give her the post office receipt later because I hadn’t brought it with me, and of course I’ve never given it to her to this day.

— The Brothers Karamazov

‘With some money down,’ I replied, for an uneasy remembrance shot across me of that symmetrical bundle of papers at home; ‘with some money down, and perhaps some anticipation of my expectations.’

— Great Expectations

Alexei had told his brother then that this money would suffice him until he married, which most likely would never happen.

— Anna Karenina

On the other hand, although the man of today possesses in money, as Arnheim realised, the surest modern method of managing all relationships, yet in spite of the fact that this method can be as hard and accurate as a guillotine, it can also be as touchily sensitive as a sufferer from rheumatism—one need only think of the aching and limping of the money-market at the slightest cause—and is most delicately bound up with everything over which it rules.

— The Man Without Qualities

Did you give him the money?

— The Brothers Karamazov

“If you mean to hinder everybody from having money but saints and evangelists, you must give up some profitable partnerships, that’s all I can say,” Mr. Vincy burst out very bluntly.

— Middlemarch

Everybody was complaining about not earning enough money when in came a man of medium height wearing a coat fastened by a single button; he had bright eyes and a rather wild look.

— A Sentimental Education
death

“He tapped three of my best palm trees to death,” said his father, Ukegbu.

— Things Fall Apart

His father’s death came to his mind.

— Pedro Páramo

In Russia, death of Lenin.

— History

At a meeting of the Reichstag in Berlin, Hitler (who has already assumed personal command of the army) receives official confirmation of absolute power, with the right to decide the life and death of every German citizen.

— History

If it had been only that the expected miracles had not happened immediately after the elder’s death, that would have been all right—let there be no miraculous manifestations at all—but what was the point of inflicting that indignity upon him?

— The Brothers Karamazov

Notwithstanding her jealousy of the Vincys and of Mary Garth, there remained as the nethermost sediment in her mental shallows a persuasion that her brother Peter Featherstone could never leave his chief property away from his blood relations:—else, why had the Almighty carried off his two wives both childless, after he had gained so much by manganese and things, turning up when nobody expected it?—and why was there a Lowick parish church, and the Waules and Powderells all sitting in the same pew for generations, and the Featherstone pew next to them, if, the Sunday after her brother Peter’s death, everybody was to know that the property was gone out of the family?

— Middlemarch

They’ve probably fought over me, interminably, in the terrible hours between four and seven in the morning, when they wake in anxiety (but anxiety about what?) and fight to the death.

— The Golden Notebook

Of those nine, four might initiate a third drawing to determine the name of the executioner, two might replace the unlucky draw with a lucky one (the discovery of a treasure, say), another might decide that the death should be exacerbated (death with dishonor, that is, or with the refinement of torture), others might simply refuse to carry out the sentence….That is the scheme of the Lottery, put symbolically.

— Ficciones

Men are always saved, even if only after the death of the one who saves them.

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

— Essays

The cult of Mithra, less widespread then than it has become since our expedition in Parthia, won me over temporarily by the rigours of its stark asceticism, which drew taut the bowstring of the will, and by its obsession with death, blood, and iron, which elevated the routine harshness of our military lives to the level of a symbolic universal struggle.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

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

It isn’t death, nor the dungeon, nor the damp air; it’s Mme. de Rênal’s absence that is getting me down.

— The Red and the Black

‘And you know, there’s less charm in life when you think about death — but it’s more peaceful.’

— Anna Karenina

Then he read out the death-sentence to him, exactly as though the nonsense that Moosbrugger had been talking all through the trial, to the delight of all present, had now for once to be accorded a serious answer.

— The Man Without Qualities

Their number is so infinite that in truth I should make a better bargain to count up those who have feared death.

— Essays

There was the compact; to resist tyranny to the death.

— To the Lighthouse

It’s like keeping a man condemned to death for months with a noose around his neck, promising him maybe death, maybe mercy.

— Anna Karenina

You caused the death of the great man.

— Children of Gebelawi

Death after all is only a matter of a few hours, a few minutes, but a pension is like poverty, it lasts a whole lifetime.

— Journey to the End of the Night

“But you knew he was responsible for your father’s death, didn’t you?”

— Pedro Páramo

Admittedly they hit each other over the head and spat at each other, but this they did only because of higher cultural considerations, just as it also happens that, for instance, a man who would not hurt a fly, if he were alone and eye to eye with it, when he is seated under the image of the Crucified One in a court of law will condemn another man to death.

— The Man Without Qualities

The brown beard yelled: ‘Put him to death, when did I say put him to death?

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

No matter: in death’s agony itself, and mingled with the bitterness of the last potions, I shall try still to taste on my lips its fresh simplicity.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

Because you will see the letter, not the first one he ever wrote to her but at least the first, the only one she ever showed, as your grandmother knew then: and, so we believe, now that she is dead, the only one which she kept unless of course Miss Rosa or Clytie destroyed the others after she herself died: and this one here preserved not because Judith put it away to keep but because she brought it herself and gave it to your grandmother after Bon’s death, possibly on the same day when she destroyed the others which he had written her (provided of course it was she herself who destroyed them) which would have been when she found in Bon’s coat the picture of the octoroon mistress and the little boy.

— Absalom, Absalom!

She nodded, and I broke in across the game and said: ‘No, not of my death.

— The Golden Notebook

‘He’ll be the death of her,’ Betsy said in a meaningful whisper.

— Anna Karenina

In fact, some time earlier, in absolute and universal secrecy, he had charged Remo, in the event of his death, to inform Signora Ida that the mattress already left her contained a surprise for her.

— History

But at certain times of life, for example in periods of ritual fasting or in the course of religious initiations, I have learned the advantage for the mind (and also the dangers) of different forms of abstinence, or even voluntary starvation, those states approaching giddiness where the body, partly lightened of ballast, enters into a world for which it is not made, and which affords it a foretaste of the cold and emptiness of death.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

My father lay stretched across the bed as still as if the hand of death had pushed him down, for a full hour and a half, before he began to play upon the floor with the toe of that foot which hung over the bed-side; my uncle Toby’s heart was a pound lighter for it.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

‘About life, about death; about Mrs Ramsay’ — no, she thought, one could say nothing to nobody.

— To the Lighthouse

I keep seeing, before my eyes, pictures of what we are talking about—scenes of death, torture, cross-examination and so on; and the words we are using have nothing to do with what I am seeing.

— The Golden Notebook

“My death will make her even more contemptuous of me!” he cried.

— The Red and the Black