love
money
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love

Claude Lorrain was right in saying that the foreground of a picture is always repugnant and that the interest of an artwork must be seen in the distance, in that unfathomable realm which is the refuge of lies, of those dreams caught in the act, which are the only thing men love.

— Journey to the End of the Night

‘Good by-aye!’ she chanted, my American sweet immortal dead love; for she is dead and immortal if you are reading this.

— Lolita

She watched the listless pale fountain girl put in the ice, pour in the coke, add the cherry syrup — and my heart was bursting with love-ache.

— Lolita

“There are moments when people love crime,” Alyosha said thoughtfully.

— The Brothers Karamazov

After a brief silence, he was enough master of his heart to say icily, “Once on the road to London, once you are dishonored, as you put it, what assurance have I that you will love me?

— The Red and the Black

He was in love with Paul whom he despised and who was irritated by him.

— The Golden Notebook

Love her, love her, love her!

— Great Expectations

I am as much in love, sister, I believe, replied my uncle Toby, as any man usually is——Humph! said my father——and when did you know it? quoth my mother——

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Two selves that know how questionable the self is nowadays hold on to each other—that’s the way I picture it, if at all costs it has to be love and not merely some ordinary activity—and become so interlinked with each other that one seems to be the cause of the other when they feel themselves changing into greatness, and they float like a veil.

— The Man Without Qualities

But her love for Varenka did not weaken.

— Anna Karenina

Him who revealed

And brought to ruin the love she hoped to hide

She punished with a love as ruinous.

— Metamorphoses

Let me assure you, first of all, that I have implicit faith in your sincerity and I am sure that it is not impaired or affected by your love for your unfortunate brother.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Why did you love your pride more than your own flesh and blood?

— Children of Gebelawi

I so wish you would all love me as I love you.

— Anna Karenina

They bore Your cross, they endured years and years of hunger in a barren wilderness, living on roots and locusts—and, of course, You can point proudly at these children of freedom, at their freely given love, and at their magnificent suffering for Your sake.

— The Brothers Karamazov

It seems that she loved me for a week or ten days; but I, I will love her all my life.

— The Red and the Black

And now I have woken up and the man I love is still here with me.

— The Brothers Karamazov

She knew that he had avowed his love for her.

— Middlemarch

But wouldn’t a man who had spent his whole life in the wilderness performing acts of self-sacrifice and devotion without curing himself of his love and concern for mankind, wouldn’t such a man suffer?

— The Brothers Karamazov

He calculated that after five or six years of careful attention he would succeed in making her love him again.

— The Red and the Black

Another reason was that he was in love with me.

— The Golden Notebook

Diotima had pressed his hand gratefully and, with a smile reminiscent of the best models provided by art through the ages, replied to his offer in the following words: ‘It is never those whom we embrace that we love most deeply…”

— The Man Without Qualities

I love you, but you know I don’t mean it.

— The Golden Notebook

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

When he felt he had hurt her, or wounded his love for her, he could not bear it.

— Sons and Lovers

It seems that reality is something that the worthy, practical realist does not ever wholly love and take seriously.

— The Man Without Qualities

He stopped him and asked him to settle an argument he was having with two ladies, something about whether or not a woman’s love is enduring.

— Dead Souls

Never in my life — not even when fondling my child-love in France — never —

— Lolita

‘There are two sides,’ Alexei Alexandrovich went on again, sitting down, ‘the performers and the spectators; and the love of such spectacles is the surest sign of low development in the spectators, I agree but … ’

— Anna Karenina

Her love came up hot, in spite of everything.

— Sons and Lovers

True, in his day he had been no spoil-sport; but whenever he spent his evening not among his knives but among his brother-officers, he generally took refuge in a wise remedy, his sense of physical harmony having soon taught him that one could rapidly drink one’s way from riotous joie-de-vivre to a state of somnolence, and that had been much more in his line than the perils and disappointments of love.

— The Man Without Qualities

In bed, we didn’t make love, we lay quietly side by side, not talking.

— The Golden Notebook

In the love of freedom, of equality and the brotherhood of man, it will find it…

— The Brothers Karamazov
money

An’ what I say is, as I’ve lived upo’ your ground from my father and grandfather afore me, an’ hev dropped our money into’t, an’ me an’ my children might lie and rot on the ground for top-dressin’ as we can’t find the money to buy, if the King wasn’t to put a stop.

— Middlemarch

‘Not a cent,’ she said sadly, lifting her eyebrows, showing me the empty inside of her money purse.

— Lolita

The next day, his imagination taking another tack, it seemed to him that Julien was about to understand the mute language of his generosity with money, would change his name, exile himself to America, write Mathilde that he was dead to her.

— The Red and the Black

CONQUER

Rusia 8 January 1943, XXI

Dearest memmbers of my Fammily

I write this letter to let you know I am well and hoping you are the same the epifany was not bad here I can tell you that here for cold they say olodna (… three words censored) the pakkage didnt arrive but dont worry for christmas the government gave us some pasta in hot water and an old Rusian lady made cakes for us lucky civilians here its so cold it splits your toenails and all these nights laying barbwire and digging for the gun we live underground like rats and eat lice Dear Parents keep your morale up were going to win I enclose money-order for three hundred and twenty lire dear Mother and Wife dont believe the bad news its all the defeattists (… five words censored) Ill be home soon the importunt thing is your haelth here Im learning some Rusian words like for potato they say kartoshy dear Mother I cant wait to come home and kiss you all this is all I think about day and night theres never any letters dear Parents let me know if the last money order came now Ive got to run and theres no more space all my love your Son and Husband

Giovannino

— History

Now at last Paul had saved enough money, and they were all going.

— Sons and Lovers

According to this way of using things, the men richest in money are those who have charge of guarding the gates and walls of a good city.

— Essays

Where could he find the money?

— A Sentimental Education

As I was saying, Pip, it were my intentions to have had it cut over him; but poetry costs money, cut it how you will, small or large, and it were not done.

— Great Expectations

With all that money?

— The Brothers Karamazov

And if the discarded envelope was lying on the floor, why can’t we come to just the opposite conclusion—namely, that the fact that the torn envelope was found on the floor shows that its owner had thrown it away after removing the money from it?

— The Brothers Karamazov

When a peasant came to him, scratching the back of his head, and said, “Allow me, sir, to go and earn some money to pay my taxes,” he’d say, “Go ahead,” still puffing at his pipe.

— Dead Souls

It’s a funny thing, wherever you listen out, the other boys take an interest in what happens with the goods, because plain stealing never made anyone rich: it still needs to be turned into money, but as I say: in Pum’s lot they all stretch out on their bearskins and say: ‘Pums will fix it.’

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

“I don’t want,” he said, “to bear hard on Bulstrode, who has lent me money of which I was in need—though I would rather have gone without it now.

— Middlemarch

From the accounts of his various suppliers, Frédéric realized that he’d soon have to pay bills amounting to about forty thousand francs, not including death duties, which would be over thirty-seven thousand, and as the money was in landed property, he wrote off to his solicitor in Le Havre telling him to dispose of part of it, to enable him to clear his debts and have some cash in hand.

— A Sentimental Education

‘Well, you just own up, first, that you did hide that money there, intending to give me the slip one of these days, and come back and dig it up, and have it all to yourself.’

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

And a very handsome sum of money too, I think.

— Great Expectations

I had no cigarettes, so I offered him money.

— Zorba the Greek

If you really can’t be virtuous and make exceptions, have I in fact robbed my sisters?” he wondered, first picking up and then dropping his money packages back onto the table.

— Père Goriot

So Eulalie would answer, with the same hesitation and the same embarrassment, every Sunday as though it were the first, and with a look of vexation which delighted my aunt and never offended her, for if it happened that Eulalie, when she took the money, looked less peevish than usual, my aunt would remark afterwards, “I cannot think what has come over Eulalie; I gave her the same as I always give, and she did not look at all pleased.”

— In Search of Lost Time

Thus he went so far as to suppose that he was about to receive a letter from her in which she would ask him for money to take the castle near Bayreuth, but with the warning that he was not to come there himself, as she had promised to invite Forcheville and the Verdurins.

— In Search of Lost Time

He comes from a different class than the rest of us, and he could put together that amount of money any way he pleased.

— The Sound of the Mountain

She was listing all the things she had put in it, to make sure they were all there, because they cost a lot of money.

— The Stranger

And I know she’s had a hard, dragging time, with seven children and Alfred Leivers’ bit of money.

— Sons and Lovers

He was roused from his daydreams by a voice shouting: ‘My money… my money… Robbery!’

— Children of Gebelawi

Above all, he was revolted by the way she treated her maid, whose wages were always in arrears and whom she even used to borrow money from.

— A Sentimental Education

The complacent smile, the tolerant nod, is not even confined to the cultivated healers, or the professors; it’s the property of the money-changers, the little jackals of the press, the enemy.

— The Golden Notebook

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

— The Brothers Karamazov

We don’t harm anyone, and we pay our protection money; how can we come to harm, you alarm bell!

— Children of Gebelawi

Here you are, here’s your money and much good may it do him!

— A Sentimental Education

Being a naturally honest young man and having gained the trust of his master, who had discerned that honesty when Smerdyakov returned some money he had lost, Smerdyakov, we must assume, was very unhappy at being forced to betray his master, whom he loved as his benefactor.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I was beginning to be rather vain of my knowledge, for I spent my birthday guineas on it, and set aside the greater part of my pocket-money for similar investment; though I have no doubt, now, that the little I knew was extremely dear at the price.

— Great Expectations

Here is nothing of borrowed qualities, no acquiring of habits, nothing indirect, nothing received at second-hand: destroy bank-account and credit, and not only has the rich man no money left, but on the day when he realises this he is a withered flower.

— The Man Without Qualities

There Was No Money and No Robbery

— The Brothers Karamazov
death

But now heaven’s master could no more endure

Io’s distress, and summoned Mercury,

His son, whom the bright shining Pleiad bore,

And charged him to accomplish Argus’ death.

— Metamorphoses

But how did he meet his death?

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

I had a death sentence hanging over me, and I was in love.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Evidently the thought that a condemned man might have no vocation for death was too much for her.

— Journey to the End of the Night

And so many people who, unable to endure the pangs of fear, have hanged themselves, drowned themselves, or leaped to their death, have taught us well that fear is even more unwelcome and unbearable than death itself.

— Essays

It seems also that in ancient times the Roman laws condemned to death those who had fled.

— Essays

I was filled with an emotion one has, women have, about children: a feeling of fierce triumph: that against all odds, against the weight of death, this human being exists, here, a miracle of breathing flesh.

— The Golden Notebook

The moment, the death I had kept conjuring up for three years was as simple as a bit of dry wood.

— Lolita

If I can, I shall keep my death from saying anything that my life has not already said.

— Essays

And, mind you, he left town worried to death that the object of his love would, in his absence, rush to his father.

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

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

— Things Fall Apart

His father Nicholas was a despot, but he died a natural death.

— The Man Without Qualities

It was extremely impersonal; it said something about death; it said very little about love.

— To the Lighthouse

You gritted yourself and wanted strength, and the cramp still hasn’t cleared, it’s no use, you felt it yourself, it’s no use, the moment comes and it’s no good, and Death doesn’t sing you a gentle song, lays no choking band around your throat.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Death holds less pain than does the wait for death.

— Essays

He smiled grandly at death approaching.

— The Man Without Qualities

He was not told of his death-sentence: they led him to believe he had been operated on for an ulcer, and was on the road to recovery.

— History

He has fallen into the hands of the dark power called Death, which seems fitting enough.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

He said it was death.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

When he woke up, instead of the news of his brother’s death that he had expected, he learned that the sick man had reverted to his earlier condition.

— Anna Karenina

Act on your own initiative and noble France will reappear almost as our ancestors made her and as our eyes still saw her before the death of Louis XVI.

— The Red and the Black

Life folded Death; Death trellised Life; the grim god wived with youthful Life, and begat him curly-headed glories.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

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

— Journey to the End of the Night

Death and other striking dispositions, such as feminine trustfulness, had come; and Bulstrode would have adopted Cromwell’s words—“Do you call these bare events? The Lord pity you!”

— Middlemarch

No, whatever you say, her death was itself the death of a vile, irreligious woman.

— Anna Karenina

From her mouth bubbled a sound very like a death rattle.

— Pedro Páramo

And next time Jim told it he said they rode him down to New Orleans: and after that, every time he told it he spread it more and more, till by-and-by he said they rode him all over the world, and tired him most to death, and his back was all over saddle-boils.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

‘By G—, it’s Death!’

— Great Expectations

He may be starving to death, but hire him to work and he’ll do his best to muck it up, and then go and complain to the justice of the peace.

— Anna Karenina

“My dear, she’s as lifeless as a statue; she’s as colorless as death!”

— Dead Souls

Sleep took possession of me, just as one day—nothing is more certain—death will do, and I slipped gently into darkness.

— Zorba the Greek

All in all, death is something like marriage.

— Journey to the End of the Night