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love

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

‘Oh yes, that’ll be the riots,’ Frédéric would say with pitying contempt; all this agitation seemed paltry compared to their love and eternal nature.

— A Sentimental Education

Paul said: ‘Anna dear, I would not love you so much if I didn’t love Jackson more.

— The Golden Notebook

Albeit Mme. de Rênal had never been interested in theories of love, a difference in age is, next to that in fortune, the great commonplace of provincial humor every time the subject is love.

— The Red and the Black

“You love me, don’t you?” she murmured.

— Sons and Lovers

Rakitin just laughs and says that one can love mankind without God.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Love made her bold.

— Metamorphoses

Be gentle with her, you ignorant fellow, and don’t make love to her until she asks you to.

— Children of Gebelawi

You’re afraid you might betray my love, aren’t you?

— Père Goriot

She rushed over to the little chair and with all the strength she could muster, lifted her soul up to God, offering Him the sacrifice of her only lapse, the first passionate love she had ever felt.

— A Sentimental Education

Men outlive their love, but they don’t outlive the consequences of their recklessness.

— Middlemarch

Strange as it was for him to recall it later, it seemed clear to him now that if she asked him whether he was going hunting, she was interested only in knowing whether he would give this pleasure to Vasenka Veslovsky, with whom, to his mind, she was already in love.

— Anna Karenina

But now, by one of those inspirations of jealousy analogous to the inspiration which reveals to a poet or a philosopher, who has nothing, so far, to go on but an odd pair of rhymes or a detached observation, the idea or the natural law which will give him the power he needs, Swann recalled for the first time an observation which Odette had made to him at least two years before: “Oh, Mme Verdurin, she won’t hear of anyone just now but me. I’m a ‘love,’ if you please, and she kisses me, and wants me to go with her everywhere, and call her tu.”

— In Search of Lost Time

The meaning of the words, art, love, beauty, purity, passion, all this was made clear to me by the simplest of human words uttered by this workman.

— Zorba the Greek

We shall tell them that every sin they commit with our permission can be expiated, that we allow them to sin because we love them, and that we shall take upon ourselves the punishment for their acts.

— The Brothers Karamazov

For more than a month he had been hearing from various sources that Ivan was in love with Katerina and, above all, that he was trying to take her away from Mitya.

— The Brothers Karamazov

What is the use of hope if all this suffering has not made us fit to be forgiven by the one we love?

— Children of Gebelawi

Vronsky did not speak to him of his love, but he knew that he knew everything and understood everything in the right way, and he was pleased to see it in his eyes.

— Anna Karenina

In fact, in a sense, they even love the children because of the tortures they inflict upon them.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Rosamond thought that no one could be more in love than she was; and Lydgate thought that after all his wild mistakes and absurd credulity, he had found perfect womanhood—felt as if already breathed upon by exquisite wedded affection such as would be bestowed by an accomplished creature who venerated his high musings and momentous labors and would never interfere with them; who would create order in the home and accounts with still magic, yet keep her fingers ready to touch the lute and transform life into romance at any moment; who was instructed to the true womanly limit and not a hair’s breadth beyond—docile, therefore, and ready to carry out behests which came from beyond that limit.

— Middlemarch

You worked really hard to make her in love with you again, it was all jealous scenes and love and kisses until that moment she broke it off with him finally.

— The Golden Notebook

He wanted to say that it’s unnatural for me to love someone else’s child when I don’t love my own daughter.

— Anna Karenina

For all those vigorous men of modern life, who would find it utterly impossible to use a car that was more than five years old or to have a disease treated by methods that were considered the best ten years ago, who furthermore devote all their time voluntarily-involuntarily to the promotion of such inventions, and are delighted with the idea of rationalising everything that comes into their domain, prefer to leave the questions of beauty, justice, love and faith, in short, all human questions, in so far as their business interests are not involved, to their wives, or, so long as the latter are not quite adequate to this task, to a sub-species of men who tell them in thousand-year-old phrases of the cup and sword of life and to whom they listen frivolously, peevishly and sceptically, without believing in any of it and without thinking of the possibility that everything might equally well be done quite differently.

— The Man Without Qualities

‘Wouldn’t you love to be like us again?’

— Children of Gebelawi

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

— The Golden Notebook

The ragged player sang in a harsh, strident voice; the throb of the engines was upsetting the flow of the tune; he plucked harder at the metal strings and they vibrated more loudly as if sobbing a lament for a proud, defeated love.

— A Sentimental Education

She would cut him short with a disparaging comment or a practical observation; and always their conversation would revert to the everlasting topic of Love!

— A Sentimental Education

While still only a child, she had fallen for him, as children do, with a love both as pure as religion and violent as hunger.

— A Sentimental Education

‘You charming girl’, he said,

‘Well worthy of Jove’s love, happy is he,

Whoe’er he be, that wins you for his bed.

— Metamorphoses

Then the man goes to the woman and says: I love you.

— The Golden Notebook

I regretted keenly her mistake about my private aesthetics, for I simply love that tinge of Botticellian pink, that raw rose about the lips, those wet, matted eyelashes; and, naturally, her bashful whim deprived me of many opportunities of specious consolation.

— Lolita

But there is another woman in me, I’m afraid of her — she fell in love with that man, and I wanted to hate you and couldn’t forget the other one who was there before.

— Anna Karenina

A bit more resourceful now that she was in love, she complained of a terrible headache to explain away her flushed face.

— The Red and the Black
money

I’d be glad to lose a lot of money to you, my Polish friend.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And with the pretext of money, he had become truly attached to her person: to her old and awkward body, which gave itself to him in her rough, meek, and—oddly—inexpert way, as if in all those years of her trade she still hadn’t learned how to do it; and he was attached to her melancholy smile, to her smell of poverty.

— History

Had he money enough to buy tobacco?

— To the Lighthouse

They keep trying to load me down with all sorts of gifts, but I stop them, I tell them, ‘Keep your money!’

— Père Goriot

Even if they had money lying there, the owners never bothered to keep an eye on her, for they knew that they could have left a thousand rubles in cash and forgotten all about it, and she would not have taken a single kopek.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Besides, selfishness prevented me from asking for her hand, because I could not face giving up the freedom and joys of my debauched bachelor life when I was still so young and had money to spend.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Material prosperity hit Central and South Africa tangibly; there was suddenly a great deal more money for everyone, and this was true even of the Africans, even in an economy designed to see that they had the minimum necessary to keep them alive and working.

— The Golden Notebook

‘That was a trivial matter,’ said the friar, ‘and you did well to dispose of the money as you did.’

— The Decameron

And, on the other hand, we are faced with your incomprehensible, stubborn, almost obdurate refusal to reveal the source of the money that suddenly appeared in your hands when only three hours earlier you had had to pawn your pistols to obtain ten rubles—by your own admission!

— The Brothers Karamazov

He counted quickly, referred to the checks, the written papers giving amount of coal, put the money in order.

— Sons and Lovers

From his earliest employment as an errand-boy in a seaport, he had looked through the windows of the money-changers as other boys look through the windows of the pastry-cooks; the fascination had wrought itself gradually into a deep special passion; he meant, when he had property, to do many things, one of them being to marry a genteel young person; but these were all accidents and joys that imagination could dispense with.

— Middlemarch

Damme if I think he meant to turn king’s evidence; but he’s that sort of bragging fellow the bragging runs over hedge and ditch with him, till he’d brag of a spavin as if it ‘ud fetch money.

— Middlemarch

And there is a sort of shadow over all, women and children and men, because money will be short at the end of the week.

— Sons and Lovers

My diploma in my pocket made a big bulge, much bigger than my money and my papers.

— Journey to the End of the Night

He was indeed displeased, not that a lot of money had been spent, but that he was reminded of something which he, knowing that things were not right, had wished to forget.

— Anna Karenina

That fellow who, last summer, went to town to collect the wages for the whole office and later claimed that he had got drunk and lost the money—remember him, sir?

— The Brothers Karamazov

If I amass money, it is only in the hope of using it soon; not to buy lands that I have no use for, but to buy pleasure.

— Essays

We need money, patrón.

— Pedro Páramo

To start with, the implication is that, yesterday, Smerdyakov, seized by remorse, returned the money he had stolen and then hanged himself, because, of course, if he had not been remorseful he would not have returned the money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Finally, I reverted to money matters.

— Lolita

I’ll go to Siberia for it if I must, but I’ll pay you back that money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Other men have managed to win an honorable position for themselves without family or money.

— Middlemarch

I wish to pay for them,’ I added—otherwise I thought he might only pretend to make them—‘with ready money.’

— Great Expectations

Amanda was taking money at the counter.

— The Red and the Black

Money turns everything into a mere concept.

— The Man Without Qualities

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

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

“With this money, your son will go to M. Durand, the draper, and pick up a black suit.”

— The Red and the Black

There’s nowhere to get the money to pay.

— Pedro Páramo

And as he was taking his leave of Useppe, he slipped into his overall pocket a pocketful of paper money that, at a glance, in Useppe’s opinion, amounted surely to a million.

— History

You shall keep your ill-gotten money.

— Middlemarch

“I’ll produce this money as evidence in court tomorrow.”

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

I made a secret of it; and I, who dare say so much about myself, spoke of my money only to lie, as do the others who, rich, make out to be poor, or poor, make out to be rich, and dispense their conscience from ever testifying sincerely to what they have: a ridiculous and shameful prudence.

— Essays
death

Hassan leapt towards Lehita and exchanged a blow with him, then threw himself on him for a fight to the death.

— Children of Gebelawi

You see, my friend, it’s a matter of life and death to me.

— Dead Souls

‘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

Yet habit—strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?—Gayer sallies, more merry mirth, better jokes, and brighter repartees, you never heard over your mahogany, than you will hear over the half-inch white cedar of the whale-boat, when thus hung in hangman’s nooses; and, like the six burghers of Calais before King Edward, the six men composing the crew pull into the jaws of death, with a halter around every neck, as you may say.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Well then, at the turn of this century, there lived a retired general, a man with the highest connections, a big landowner, one of those, you know (although even at that time there were only a few such left), who, upon retiring from the service of their country, feel sure that they have earned the right of life and death over those subjected to them.

— The Brothers Karamazov

A most mouldy and over salted death, though;—cherries! cherries! cherries! oh, Flask, for one red cherry ere we die!

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Scared to death, the workmen who had been turning the spit had abandoned the sheep and the meat was beginning to burn.

— Zorba the Greek

They show they have small care for their own honor, by irritating the offended person against their memory, and less for their conscience, by failing to kill their ill will, even out of respect for death, and by extending its life beyond their own.

— Essays

—In USSR death of Generalissimo Stalin.

— History

Again he understood from her frightened eyes that this one way out, in her opinion, was death, and he did not let her finish.

— Anna Karenina

Between them and us stands our fear, which will weigh on us until this thing ends one way or another and we can get back together, in death or life, with the other motherfuckers of this world.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Understand that for me it’s a question of life and death.

— Anna Karenina

The doctor and his colleagues said it was puerperal fever, which in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred ends in death.

— Anna Karenina

He had ridden through the valley of death, been shattered and shivered; and now she flew in the face of facts, made his children hope what was utterly out of the question, in effect, told lies.

— To the Lighthouse

The death close before me was terrible, but far more terrible than death was the dread of being misremembered after death.

— Great Expectations

And men shall say of me, poor wretched Thisbe,

I was the cause and comrade of your fate,

And you whom death alone from me could sever,

Death now shall have no power to part us ever.

— Metamorphoses

Agafya Mikhailovna, speaking of an old man who had died, said: ‘Well, thank God, he took communion, got anointed, God grant everybody such a death.’

— Anna Karenina

Shivering all over, his teeth chattering, he began to look round for a sheltered spot where he could spend the night without freezing to death.

— The Decameron

And what this inevitable death was, he not only did not know, he not only had never thought of it, but he could not and dared not think of it.

— Anna Karenina

“He’s starved his people to death, the lousy pig.”

— Dead Souls

And indeed he was possessed by the fear of his father’s contemptible life and shameful death.

— Things Fall Apart

A death sentence is still the only thing no one has thought of soliciting.

— The Red and the Black

My mother and my uncle Toby expected my father would be the death of Obadiah—and that there never would be an end of the disaster.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Fair for death and doom,—that’s fair for Moby Dick.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

The death agony on the second floor didn’t last long.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Death was his only hope of release.

— Children of Gebelawi

He drank himself to death, years later.

— The Golden Notebook

Swoon of death grips Isabella, And she lies so sweet and pale.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

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

— Children of Gebelawi

Think of Death and the Judgment then?

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

From that moment on, there was nothing we could do but exchange words about the dead man’s death.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Three weeks before his death, he summoned his sons with their wives and children to his bedside and, feeling that his end was near, ordered them not to leave him.

— The Brothers Karamazov

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