love
money
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love

She fled from this, the true love, into several more pairs of uncaring arms, sobbing almost uninterruptedly.

— The Golden Notebook

“I don’t know what it is,” he continued, “perhaps the reason I don’t understand it is that nowadays even a chap’s own mind is so complicated, but although I myself admire your cousin as if—well, to make no bones about it, just as if I had had a great lump of something sticking in my throat—I must say it’s a relief to me all the same that she’s in love with Arnheim.”

— The Man Without Qualities

I want you to share my love for it.

— Children of Gebelawi

I love you.

— The Red and the Black

But the trouble is, it may take her fifteen or even twenty years to find out for herself that she doesn’t really love Dmitry, that she loves only me, whom she torments.

— The Brothers Karamazov

We need a lot of love and understanding, enthusiasm and practical sense—those qualities which you like so much to see united—if we are going to save them and get them back to the part of our own free land where they will be of most use—that is, on the frontiers of Macedonia, and, further afield, on the frontiers of Thrace.

— Zorba the Greek

Look, Grushenka, our little ascetic has fallen in love with you.

— The Brothers Karamazov

‘And how could he possibly love me if I look like this?’ she thought listlessly.

— The Man Without Qualities

Almost continual absence, a multiplicity of business affairs, little time to talk about love, all helped to consummate the good affect of the wise policy Julien had contrived some time ago.

— The Red and the Black

Countess Lydia Ivanovna had long ceased to be in love with her husband, but she never ceased being in love with someone.

— Anna Karenina

He knelt down, clasped her hand and swore to love her for ever.

— A Sentimental Education

As for your friends, let

Love be your weapon.

— The Recognition of Śakuntalā

‘Did I never give her a burning love, inseparable from jealousy at all times, and from sharp pain, while she speaks thus to me!

— Great Expectations

And she peered into the dish, with its shiny walls and its confusion of savoury brown and yellow meats, and its bay leaves and its wine, and thought, This will celebrate the occasion — a curious sense rising in her, at once freakish and tender, of celebrating a festival, as if two emotions were called up in her, one profound — for what could be more serious than the love of man for woman, what more commanding, more impressive, bearing in its bosom the seeds of death; at the same time these lovers, these people entering into illusion glittering eyed, must be danced round with mockery, decorated with garlands.

— To the Lighthouse

With waving torches Love and Hymen lead

The wedding, full and fat the perfumed fires

Of incense burn and garlands deck the beams.

— Metamorphoses

If you’ve got to love something, you’ll be taking less of a chance with children than with grownups, you’ll at least have the excuse of hoping they won’t turn out as crummy as the rest of us.

— Journey to the End of the Night

And all she felt was how could he love his kind who did not know one picture from another, who had stood behind her smoking shag (‘fivepence an ounce, Miss Briscoe’) and making it his business to tell her women can’t write, women can’t paint, not so much that he believed it, as that for some odd reason he wished it?

— To the Lighthouse

That night in bed, making love to him was a mechanical thing, she went through the motions of response.

— The Golden Notebook

In all disputes,——male or female,——whether for honour, for profit or for love,—it makes no difference in the case;—nothing is more dangerous, madam, than a wish coming sideways in this unexpected manner upon a man: the safest way in general to take off the force of the wish, is, for the party wished at, instantly to get up upon his legs—and wish the wisher something in return, of pretty near the same value,——so balancing the account upon the spot, you stand as you were—nay sometimes gain the advantage of the attack by it.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The Marquis de Forestalle’s monocle was minute and rimless, and, by enforcing an incessant and painful contraction of the eye in which it was embedded like a superfluous cartilage the presence of which is inexplicable and its substance unimaginable, gave to his face a melancholy refinement, and led women to suppose him capable of suffering greatly from the pangs of love.

— In Search of Lost Time

‘Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,’ the Apostle wrote from the depth of his heart, filled with ardent love.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And it is only the frigid souls, among women, whom it does not predispose to fall in love.

— The Red and the Black

Because he, the dear man, loved her, was in love with her.

— Anna Karenina

Though he was in love with the whole world, now he saw clearly that this was his greatest love.

— History

There might be lovers whose gift it was to choose out the elements of things and place them together and so, giving them a wholeness not theirs in life, make of some scene, or meeting of people (all now gone and separate), one of those globed compacted things over which thought lingers, and love plays.

— To the Lighthouse

When you’re young and you don’t know, you mistake everything for love trouble …

— Journey to the End of the Night

I am your husband and I love you.

— Anna Karenina

I love her, but just as you love a dog or a cat.

— Zorba the Greek

I made all that up for a woman who was once in love with me and who bored me….

— The Red and the Black

With the black masses on the march, with every day a new heroic stand by the nationalist movements, what can we say of this novel which chronicles the story of a love affair between a young Oxford-educated Britisher and a black girl?

— The Golden Notebook

You love him just the way he is, you love his insulting you.

— The Brothers Karamazov

An unattractive, kindly man like himself might, he supposed, be loved as a friend, but to be loved with the love he himself felt for Kitty, one had to be a handsome — and above all a special — man.

— Anna Karenina

‘But you do know how I love you?’

— A Sentimental Education
money

He’s as fine as an auctioneer—that your son Frederic has not obtained any advance of money on bequests promised by Mr. Featherstone—promised? who said I had ever promised?

— Middlemarch

At this Anna let out a snort of laughter—the lords and ladies being so irrelevant to the sort of money Richard controlled.

— The Golden Notebook

Here is what I have been thinking about and what I have decided: if I were to escape, and even if it were with money and a passport, and I managed to get as far away as America, what cheers me is the thought that what I’d find there would not be joy and happiness, but something that might be even worse than hard labor in Siberia.

— The Brothers Karamazov

She was wishing it were possible to restore the times of primitive zeal, and yet thinking of Mr. Farebrother with a strong desire to rescue him from his chance-gotten money.

— Middlemarch

I soon contracted expensive habits, and began to spend an amount of money that within a few short months I should have thought almost fabulous; but through good and evil I stuck to my books.

— Great Expectations

The other business — obtaining the money — met with obstacles in the same way.

— Anna Karenina

Only one thing was required: to have money in the bank, without asking where it came from, so as always to know how to pay for the next day’s beef.

— Anna Karenina

One could go on in this way for a long time, if one were setting out to describe all the functions of money that Arnheim had mastered.

— The Man Without Qualities

While Stepan Arkadyich, having taken almost all the money there was in the house, went to Petersburg to fulfill the most natural and necessary duty, known to all who serve in the government though incomprehensible to those who do not, and without which it is impossible to serve —  that of reminding the ministry of himself — and, in going about the fulfillment of this duty, spent his time merrily and pleasantly at the races and in summer houses, Dolly moved with the children to their country estate in order to reduce expenses as much as possible.

— Anna Karenina

None of them had had a holiday in years, and they were all permanently short of money, and miserable bickering went on about sixpences and shillings.

— The Golden Notebook

But I want you to know that all the time I was carrying that money on me, I kept saying to myself, ‘No, Dmitry Karamazov, you may still prove that you’re not really a thief!’

— The Brothers Karamazov

If a man is so rich in money and influence that he can really have everything—why does he then write?

— The Man Without Qualities

I want to ask you to lend me some money, to lend me three thousand rubles…

— The Brothers Karamazov

But on this day a united front had been formed against Frau Klementine, who so much liked to feel young again and who admitted in her heart of hearts that connubial love really did have a close connection with the money-grubbing servitude imposed by capitalism, but could not bring herself to permit harsh criticism of the Collateral Campaign on the grounds that Aryans were capable of creating symbols only when they were exclusively among themselves.

— The Man Without Qualities

About money, father?

— Middlemarch

The money for two-thirds of the wood had already been run through, and he had taken from the merchant, after a discount of ten per cent, almost all the money for the final third.

— Anna Karenina

‘Goodness knows, Uncle Pumblechook,’ said my sister (grasping the money), ‘we’re deeply beholden to you.’

— Great Expectations

In his youth he had often enjoyed this sight, at that time when he still stood gazing into life’s shop-window, lacking the money to walk inside, and at the most could ponder on what his destiny might later bring him.

— The Man Without Qualities

But in this instance, more than concern about money was involved; there was an increase of suspicion.

— The Red and the Black

“But you realize, of course,” the abbé went on sourly, “that he is not going to give you all that money for your good looks.

— The Red and the Black

Then he would take his father the money he had collected.

— Children of Gebelawi

He regretted that he had not at once made even an unreasonable money-sacrifice.

— Middlemarch

But please, please, read it slowly and carefully and you’ll see that he describes everything in advance—how he’ll kill his father and where he’ll find the money his father was hiding.

— The Brothers Karamazov

With all this one throws the money out of the window like a sower casting his seed abroad, and it comes in through the door again much increased.

— The Man Without Qualities

In saying that you are thinking primarily of money and of your parents.

— The Man Without Qualities

This had not caused his image to enlarge, for her; rather he had seemed to shrink, against a background of international money.

— The Golden Notebook

Although she had been brought up among people who were proud of their fortunes and sensitive to money matters alone, love had already introduced some notion of generosity into her soul.

— The Red and the Black

I say that, on the contrary, the way she succeeded in making him take that money was precisely the likeliest way an unthinking and irresponsible man like him would accept it.

— The Brothers Karamazov

So far as self is concerned, I think it would be easier to give up power and money than to keep them.

— Middlemarch

In fact, I can hardly believe that he didn’t accept the money you offered him!

— The Brothers Karamazov

On top of all that, the youth confessed that he had killed the shop owner and that the money he now had on him had been stolen from the shop.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I wanted him to see for himself what sort of person he was, and, indeed, he took the money and spent it with that creature in that place, in one single night…

— The Brothers Karamazov

“It really seems a little too bad to have to ride a broken-winded hunter, and see men, who are not half such good judges as yourself, able to throw away any amount of money on buying bad bargains.”

— Middlemarch
death

One man complains of its ease:

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

And came only to valor!

— Essays

‘For once you are telling the truth; but I too deserve worse than death.’

— Children of Gebelawi

Was I the only man in that regiment with any imagination about death?

— Journey to the End of the Night

He was being crushed to death in a mob of rioters and this splendid citizen had seized him in his arms and dragged him to safety.

— A Sentimental Education

I also know that the shock of Annabel’s death consolidated the frustration of that nightmare summer, made of it a permanent obstacle to any further romance throughout the cold years of my youth.

— Lolita

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

Tell me, did you think then that I was wishing father’s death?

— The Brothers Karamazov

From the strange mode of Cornelius’s death, my father had made a transition to that of Socrates, and was giving my uncle Toby an abstract of his pleading before his judges;——’twas irresistible:——not the oration of Socrates,—but my father’s temptation to it.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

I stooped to set down the glasses on a bench and for some reason, with a kind of icy vividness, saw Charlotte’s face in death, and I glanced around, and noticed Lo in white shorts receding through the speckled shadow of a garden path in the company of a tall man who carried two tennis rackets.

— Lolita

In his heart there was no longer the least fear of starving to death.

— The Red and the Black

Death again.

— The Golden Notebook

For a moment he thought of taking refuge in the water, but then he realized that death would be a crown upon his age and absolve him from his labors.

— Ficciones

He was talking about one of those townhouses with such dull facades in the Faubourg Saint-Germain which were built around the time of Voltaire’s death.

— The Red and the Black

Their eyes threatened vengeance and death.

— Children of Gebelawi

Unless, maybe you should run over there and save the unfortunate old man from a horrible death?

— The Brothers Karamazov

Last week my blacksmith was burned to death.

— Dead Souls

Franz has Death’s word in his mouth, and no one will tear it away from him, he turns it in his mouth and it is a stone, a stony kind of stone, no nourishment spills from it.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

A year after my death, marry M. de Croisenois; I beg you, as your husband I order you, to do it.

— The Red and the Black

He did not hear until later of Kitamoto’s death, which occurred during the air raids; and when Tanizaki Eiko came with her introduction, Kitamoto’s wife and children were still in Gifu Prefecture, where they had taken refuge from the raids.

— The Sound of the Mountain

King of Death!

— Journey to the End of the Night

He persisted, swearing his friend was at death’s door and expecting him; finally they let him have a corporal to take him up to the town hall of the 12ᵉ arrondissement at the top of the rue Saint-Jacques.

— A Sentimental Education

No, he has no bent towards exploration, or the enlargement of our geognosis: that would be a special purpose which I could recognize with some approbation, though without felicitating him on a career which so often ends in premature and violent death.

— Middlemarch

But she says his death hurt her much much more.

— Pedro Páramo

I am certain that when death appears to him he will smile in death’s face.

— Season of Migration to the North

At such times the ancestors of the clan who had been committed to Mother Earth at their death emerged again as egwugwu through tiny ant-holes.

— Things Fall Apart

He needs to know what Death said.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Here were the sun and the gebel and the sands, majesty and love and death, and a heart in which love was dawning.

— Children of Gebelawi

Buddha, however, left the gleaming garden of the King his father to encounter, just outside, the abstruse phenomena of disease, old age, and death; while in Giuseppe’s case, on the contrary, you could say the world opened out, that day, like the true gleaming garden.

— History

He started by explaining that his first compromising outcries had referred to Gregory, because he believed he was guilty of Gregory’s death—‘That, I admit, I am responsible for.

— The Brothers Karamazov

When we got back, he had the hardihood to tell me that he wished my sister could have known I had done her so much honour, and to hint that she would have considered it reasonably purchased at the price of her death.

— Great Expectations

To act as if death did not exist, or to act thinking every minute of death, is perhaps the same thing.

— Zorba the Greek

Count Altamira was telling me that on the eve of his death Danton said in his gruff voice: ‘It’s odd but the verb “to guillotine” cannot be conjugated in all its tenses.

— The Red and the Black

‘Aren’t you afraid of death like us?’

— Children of Gebelawi