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love

——“It was not love”——for during the three weeks she was almost constantly with me, fomenting my knee with her hand, night and day—I can honestly say, an’ please your honour that * * * * * * * * * * * * * once.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The same Kitty that Vronsky was in love with,’ thought Anna, ‘the one he remembered with love.

— Anna Karenina

My knowledge had increased and several minor incidents had happened to me; a fellow student had fallen in love with me and had then hated me.

— Season of Migration to the North

I had fallen so low that, if I had had to choose between falling in love with a woman and reading a book about love, I should have chosen the book.

— Zorba the Greek

“Very well, then! you swear by the love you bear me never to make an attempt on your life by any means, whether direct or indirect….

— The Red and the Black

But once belief in Santa Claus turned out to be faith in the Gasman, they tried love, abandoning the order of things in Corinthians: I love you, they said, oh, I love you.

— The Tin Drum

The prosecutor, however, allowed my client love and then proceeded, in his usual way, to give us a psychological description of the mental state of the accused: he was drunk, we were told, he was like a criminal who is being taken to his execution but feels he still has a lot of time ahead of him, etc., etc.

— The Brothers Karamazov

He made love to me.

— The Golden Notebook

The Brass Monkey was never so furious as when anyone spoke to her in words of love; desperate for affection, deprived of it by my overpowering shadow, she had a tendency to turn upon anyone who gave her what she wanted, as if she were defending herself against the possibility of being tricked.

— Midnight's Children

Heart-broken Peter, all his illusions in shreds, spends his last night in the Colony drunk, and by chance encounters his dark love in some shabby shebeen.

— The Golden Notebook

That’s all she knew, her ‘I love you’ jazz.

— Journey to the End of the Night

He might just as well have said the opposite of what he had said, and, instead of asserting that art was a denial, have called it love.

— The Man Without Qualities

The glow on the vicomtesse’s face showed Eugène what true love looked like, and how to clearly distinguish it from the mere affectations of Parisian coquetry.

— Père Goriot

They love but know that it’s a half-love or a twisted love, and so they freeze themselves.

— The Golden Notebook

Love man in his sin too, for such love resembles God’s love, the highest possible form of love on earth.

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

Dorothea, my love, this is not the first occasion, but it were well that it should be the last, on which you have assumed a judgment on subjects beyond your scope.

— Middlemarch

“So, you also love life?”

— Demons

I love the shady woods and the quiet countryside, as you well know; you have often accused me of being romantic.

— The Red and the Black

“But if you love me, he has you in the hollow of his hand, hasn’t he?”

— The Man Without Qualities

Love one another, fathers.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Out Father in Heaven must smile down on fathers who really love their children.

— Père Goriot

And today, when Clarisse set so little store by Walter’s love that she was often revolted by it, she saw even more clearly that the cravings of the thirst of love, which had driven her to such a degree of mania, could not have been anything but an incarnation—which, she knew, meant a manifestation in the flesh—of something unfleshly, of something that was a meaning, a mission, a destiny, such as is laid up among the stars for those who are elect.

— The Man Without Qualities

While he walked up the drive and Lily Briscoe said yes and no and capped his comments (for she was in love with them all, in love with this world) he weighed Ramsay’s case, commiserated him, envied him, as if he had seen him divest himself of all those glories of isolation and austerity which crowned him in youth to cumber himself definitely with fluttering wings and clucking domesticities.

— To the Lighthouse

Rosamond, for her part, had never enjoyed the days so much in her life before: she was sure of being admired by some one worth captivating, and she did not distinguish flirtation from love, either in herself or in another.

— Middlemarch

If she who gave you birth,

Most beautiful of kings, were like yourself,

Well she deserved to fire a god with love!

— Metamorphoses

And if jealousy, not man’s jealousy, the jealousy of the lover; not even the lover’s self who spies from love, who spies to watch, to taste, touch that maiden revery of solitude which is the first thinning of that veil we call virginity; not to spring out, force that shame which is such a part of love’s declaring, but to gloat upon the rich instantaneous bosom already rosy with the flushy sleep though shame itself does not yet need to wake.

— Absalom, Absalom!

On the whole, she gave scarce a thought to love; that day she was weary of loving.

— The Red and the Black

He soothed himself: ‘What a lot of events and people this rock has seen: the love of Kadri and Hind; the killing of Hammam; Gebel’s meeting with Gebelawi; Rifaa’s conversation with his ancestor.

— Children of Gebelawi

He made the resolution with a sense of heroism—heroism forced on him by the dread of breaking his word to Mr. Garth, by his love for Mary and awe of her opinion.

— Middlemarch

Then pipes appeared on the scene: wooden pipes, clay pipes, meerschaum pipes; some new, some broken in, some in and some out of chamois covers; a recently won short pipe with an amber mouthpiece and a tobacco pouch embroidered by a countess who had met Nozdrev at some way station or other and fallen head over heels in love with him and whose little hands were, as he put it, “the most subtle superfluities”—this, apparently, an attempt on his part to convey the highest point of perfection.

— Dead Souls

Nor is it to be imagined, for the same reason, I should stop to enquire, whether love is a disease,——or embroil myself with Rhasis and Dioscorides, whether the seat of it is in the brain or liver;—because this would lead me on, to an examination of the two very opposite manners, in which patients have been treated——the one, of Aætius, who always begun with a cooling glyster of hempseed and bruised cucumbers;—and followed on with thin potations of water lillies and purslane—to which he added a pinch of snuff, of the herb Hanea;—and where Aætius durst venture it,—his topaz-ring.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

No, not spying, not even hiding, who was child enough not to need to hide, whose presence would have been no violation even though he sat with her, yet woman enough to have gone to her entitled to be received (perhaps with pleasure, gratitude) into that maiden shameless confidence where young girls talk of love—Yes, child enough to go to her and say ‘Let me sleep with you’; woman enough to say ‘Let us lie in bed together while you tell me what love is’, yet who did not do it because I should have had to say ‘Don’t talk to me of love but let me tell you, who know already more of love than you will ever know or need.’

— Absalom, Absalom!
money

He’s got a girl who makes him happy, he’s got more money than he can spend, he’s already paid off his entire debt to Herbert.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

I couldn’ manage to k’leck dat money no way; en Balum he couldn’.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

No, all he has to do with his money is to guttle it.

— Sons and Lovers

Well, one night I creeps to de do’, pooty late, and de do’ warn’t quite shet, en I hear ole missus tell de widder she gwyne to sell me down to Orleans, but she didn’ want to, but she could git eight hund’d dollars for me, en it ‘uz sich a big stack o’ money she couldn’ resis’.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

We’ll pay them in money—said the king.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

He could see the world as it really was: neither law nor morality had any effect on the rich, and he understood that money is the ultima ratio mundi, the world’s final authority.

— Père Goriot

You tell the wives of workmen who are all just as good as their masters to use the styles and furnishings made fashionable by businessmen who use snobbery to make money.

— The Golden Notebook

I know you’ve not got any money but would it really be too much of a chore for you to find him a job, either through Monsieur Dambreuse or Arnoux?

— A Sentimental Education

He had not borrowed money in that way, for excellent reasons.

— Middlemarch

Yet money, money, money all the time.

— The Golden Notebook

I know that people who spend a great deal of money on themselves without knowing how they shall pay, must be selfish.

— Middlemarch

The money will keep us, living simply, even with Janet at boarding-school.

— The Golden Notebook

Making money, as you can imagine, often gets us into situations that are not quite in good style.

— The Man Without Qualities

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

And when the townspeople see what has happened, they’ll create a commotion, not only because of our profession which they consider iniquitous and never cease to condemn, but also because they long to get their hands on our money, and they will go about shouting: “Away with these Lombard dogs that the Church refuses to accept”; and they’ll come running to our lodgings and perhaps, not content with stealing our goods, they’ll take away our lives into the bargain.

— The Decameron

In an age when there was as little responsibility for what one did or thought as in the present it was by no means merely personal ambition that raised such objections, but positively a suprapersonal urge to bring the power that had grown under the hands of the Arnheims (this organism that had grown up primarily out of a craving for money, but which now had long grown beyond that, having developed its own mind and its own will, and which had to enlarge itself and establish itself more firmly, which could fall ill, which would rust if it rested!) into harmony with the powers and hierarchies of life, a matter of which, so far as she knew, he had never made a secret even to Diotima.

— The Man Without Qualities

I do not mean that literally of course, but when he was given pocket money (for which he never asked), he either kept it for weeks on end without knowing what to do with it, or spent it at once on anything.

— The Brothers Karamazov

‘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

Maybe while he would sit in his office adding and subtracting the money and adding what they would get out of Sutpen (he was never worried about what Bon would do when he found out; he had probably a long time ago paid Bon that compliment of thinking that even if he was too dull or too indolent to suspect or find out about his father himself, he wasn’t fool enough not to be able to take advantage of it once somebody showed him the proper move; maybe if the thought had ever occurred to him that because of love or honor or anything else under heaven or jurisprudence either, Bon would not, would refuse to, he (the lawyer) would even have furnished proof that he no longer breathed)—maybe all the time it was this that racked him: how to get Bon where he would either have to find it out himself, or where somebody—the father or the mother—would have to tell him. 

— Absalom, Absalom!

Franz Biberkopf is on the job market, you need to earn money, a man can’t live without money.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

However, money—large amounts of it—would confound the critics and strengthen his own position.

— A Sentimental Education

It has been charged against me that I kept those base and corruptible lords in hand by resort to subsidies; the money was well spent.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

Well then, instead of talking about money, let’s talk straight-away about every kind of possession.

— The Man Without Qualities

All things considered, there is more trouble in keeping money than in getting it.

— Essays

A husband who complains about his wife’s conduct covers himself with ridicule (a thing that is becoming less dangerous every day in France); but his wife, if he doesn’t give her any money, is reduced to the condition of a working woman, at fifteen sous a day, and even then, virtuous women will hesitate to employ her.

— The Red and the Black

And finally, the doctor said, the accused, who became almost frantic at the mention of the three thousand, was, according to all the witnesses, a man very little interested in money matters and anything but avaricious.

— The Brothers Karamazov

This would begin when both men and women had come back with a little money and some plain food after a grueling day’s work.

— Children of Gebelawi

‘It’s disgraceful, Zorba,’ I’d cry, ‘disgraceful for you to go and fool that good man and eat up all his money.

— Zorba the Greek

You know, the poor Jewish boy from the East End who got rich and salved his conscience by giving money to the communist party.

— The Golden Notebook

When he had hold of the envelope, which he had never seen before, he tore it open to see whether the money was really there, and then rushed off with the money stuffed in his pockets, without giving a thought to the torn envelope.

— The Brothers Karamazov

“The marquis adds: ‘M. Julien de La Vernaye will have received this money from his father, whom it is unnecessary to designate otherwise.

— The Red and the Black

We can only hope that the bloodhounds who are after him are having an equally difficult time, that he’s found his glasses or at least a suitable substitute and is now delivering money orders as before, if not for the Polish Post Office, then for the Federal Republic, nearsighted but bespectacled, blessing people with coloured banknotes and hard coins.

— The Tin Drum

“Count your money,” laughed Paul, as she broke the flat seeds one by one from the roll of coin.

— Sons and Lovers
death

And she would truly have been happy to see him come back in the big room, to tell her the story of his death as a fairy tale, even if she would be obliged, in consequence, to return the ten thousand lire.

— History

He was denying defeat just as he was denying death.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

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

How could you condemn him to death when I am still alive?

— The Red and the Black

Since he had to see Professor Irdell once a month anyway, who referred to him as an interesting case, he paid repeated visits to the nurses he knew, and even when they had no time for him, just being around all that white cloth in a hurry, promising recovery or death, made him feel good, almost happy.

— The Tin Drum

For a moment I thought you were talking seriously about the Church doing such things as prosecuting criminals and sentencing people to floggings, detention, and even, I suppose, death.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Everyone had brought a present: Dittmer a Syrian stole, Rosenwald an album of love-songs, Burrieu a water-colour, Sombaz a cartoon of himself, and Pellerin a charcoal sketch representing a sort of Dance of Death, weird and gruesome, and rather poorly drawn.

— A Sentimental Education

‘And it might seem good to leave all this vileness and confusion, other people’s and one’s own, but I’m afraid of death, terribly afraid of death.’

— Anna Karenina

Let us imagine a first drawing, which condemns an individual to death.

— Ficciones

I’d have sworn they had a contract, death and Captain Ortolan.

— Journey to the End of the Night

“A figure of Death unusually well-disposed to life, if one looks at him with an impartial eye.”

— The Man Without Qualities

There is a reaper, Death yclept, by Almighty God employed.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

I was so sick, I was clenched up into a ball of painful muscles, while the bullets flew and spattered, and for a moment I blacked out and revisited my nightmare where I knew, but really knew, how war waited, me running down the emptied street of white dirtied buildings in a silent city but filled with human beings silent with waiting, while somewhere close the small, ugly container of death exploded, soft, soft, it exploded into the waiting silence, spread death, crumbling the buildings, breaking the substance of life, disintegrating the structure of flesh, while I screamed, soundless, no one hearing, just as all the other human beings in the silent buildings screamed, no one hearing.

— The Golden Notebook

Sometimes I feel, I’m not sure why, a touch of foretold death…

— The Book of Disquiet

But for his father we should have starved to death.

— Children of Gebelawi

I haven’t stopped thinking about death,’ said Levin.

— Anna Karenina

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

And that group of people, Molly, Anna, Richard, Marion, who had stood waiting, had sat waiting, had kept vigil through a timeless week, understood how far they had allowed him, in their minds, to slip beyond them into death.

— The Golden Notebook

On life and death this old man walked.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

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

He who had been presented in the worst light at his trial, who had since broken prison and been tried again, who had returned from transportation under a life sentence, and who had occasioned the death of the man who was the cause of his arrest.

— Great Expectations

It was important that the victim should not struggle, and that the death should appear voluntary.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

In the vibrant air we could smell ravishment and death.

— Zorba the Greek

Egypt, who had witnessed the death agony, would have also her part in the apotheosis: it would be the most secret and sombre part, and the harshest, for this country would play the eternal role of embalmer to his body.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

What am I saying! half a company, were it only fifty men, but ready to fight and devoted to the good cause, in life as in death.

— The Red and the Black

The death of a young man who had not known he was going to commit suicide until the moment of death, when he understood that he had in fact been preparing for it, and in great detail, for months.

— The Golden Notebook

Frédéric felt a jolt and with a death-rattle, a man collapsed against his shoulder with a bullet lodged in the base of his spine.

— A Sentimental Education

After their mother’s death, the fate of the two little boys was a repetition of their older brother Mitya’s.

— The Brothers Karamazov

In the all-one, death is nothing.

— History

The events of people’s lives have, after all, only to the least degree originated in them, having generally depended on all sorts of circumstances such as the moods, the life or death of quite different people, and have, as it were, only at the given point of time come hurrying towards them.

— The Man Without Qualities

Should it appear in ideas, it is epigrammed to death; if it shows up in events, no measure is too cowardly for our fear.

— The Red and the Black

However mocking and endlessly offensive Vittlar’s answer may have been, it offered more certainty than my friend Klepp’s grumbled refusal to choose between life and death, or the response of my keeper Bruno, who found my grandfather’s death beautiful only because shortly thereafter the HMS Columbus slid down the slips and made waves.

— The Tin Drum

Death and loneliness!

— The Brothers Karamazov