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love

After all she had failed to make Morel really love her.

— Sons and Lovers

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

“Scorn me if you wish, but love me; I cannot live any longer without your love.”

— The Red and the Black

The man who had seduced her, her first love, the one to whom she rightfully belonged, had come back after five years to repair by marriage the harm he had done her.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I’ve come to tell you again that you are my god, my joy, to tell you that I love you, love you terribly…

— The Brothers Karamazov

She answered in a low whisper and with caution: ‘I had been shut up in these rooms a long time (I don’t know how long; you know what time the clocks keep here), when I told him that I wanted a little girl to rear and love, and save from my fate.

— Great Expectations

He realises that his need for temporary refuge has trapped him into what he most dreads: a woman saying, I love you.

— The Golden Notebook

Don’t misunderstand me: I was still, and more than ever, the same man, fed by the fruits and flesh of earth, and giving back to the soil their unconsumed residue, surrendering to sleep with each revolution of the stars, and nearly beside myself when too long deprived of the warming presence of love.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

In the place of stories of love, rivalry, adultery, and such, she saw only fantastic movements, like a magic lantern’s.

— History

My friend, only love a woman you can love forever.

— Père Goriot

Then you’re free to love her, if you can—and if not, just use her.

— Père Goriot

You wouldn’t believe me, I dare say, if I told you that I love them, even like this.

— In Search of Lost Time

When he sought to measure it, it happened sometimes that he found it diminished, shrunk almost to nothing; for instance, the lack of enthusiasm, amounting almost to distaste, which, in the days before he was in love with Odette, he had felt for her expressive features, her faded complexion, returned on certain days.

— In Search of Lost Time

Frédéric gave his most solemn word that he’d never thought of Madame Arnoux, because he was too much in love with another woman.

— A Sentimental Education

Don’t forget to tell her I love her far too well not to ensure exactly that gratification.

— Père Goriot

“I have the good luck to be in love,” she told herself one day in a rapture of incredible joy.

— The Red and the Black

And the fact that they were happy in their love contained in itself an unpleasant allusion to those who wanted but could not have the same — and they were embarrassed.

— Anna Karenina

“What’s your name?” she asked me in a love-sick tone.

— Zorba the Greek

Through the wall a baby was crying, I was reminded of that hotel room in Africa, where the baby would wake us crying in the morning, then he would be fed and start gurgling and making happy noises while his parents made love.

— The Golden Notebook

She had in the past been a soft-hearted creature, and actually written to Béranger for advice over an unhappy love affair.

— A Sentimental Education

I love my mother, didn’t you know that I love her?

— Journey to the End of the Night

She did not love him.

— The Golden Notebook

My feverish and unsatisfactory attempts were themselves a token of love, a love which brought me no pleasure but was none the less profound.

— In Search of Lost Time

It wasn’t the sort of love that Frédéric would have liked for himself.

— A Sentimental Education

“If, as I have, you also doe,

Vertue attired in woman see,

And dare love that, and say so too,

And forget the He and She;

 

And if this love, though placed so,

From prophane men you hide,

Which will no faith on this bestow,

Or, if they doe, deride:

 

Then you have done a braver thing

Than all the Worthies did,

And a braver thence will spring,

Which is, to keep that hid.”

— Middlemarch

Whatever affection you think you feel for me is simply typical male gallantry, but if you really did love me, you’d be crushed by the same horrible misery.

— Père Goriot

I was able to make that monster of pride fall in love with me,” he added, looking at Mathilde.

— The Red and the Black

But my love for my friend…

— The Recognition of Śakuntalā

She, after years of freedom, is over-ready for a serious love.

— The Golden Notebook

Now, because I have once or twice said, in my inconsiderate way of talking, That I was confident the following memoirs of my uncle Toby’s courtship of widow Wadman, whenever I got time to write them, would turn out one of the most compleat systems, both of the elementary and practical part of love and love-making, that ever was addressed to the world——are you to imagine from thence, that I shall set out with a description of what love is? whether part God and part Devil, as Plotinus will have it——

——Or by a more critical equation, and supposing the whole of love to be as ten——to determine, with Ficinus, “How many parts of it—the one,—and how many the other;—or whether it is all of it one great Devil, from head to tail, as Plato has taken upon him to pronounce; concerning which conceit of his, I shall not offer my opinion:—but my opinion of Plato is this; that he appears, from this instance, to have been a man of much the same temper and way of reasoning with doctor Baynyard, who being a great enemy to blisters, as imagining that half a dozen of ‘em at once, would draw a man as surely to his grave, as a herse and six—rashly concluded, that the Devil himself was nothing in the world, but one great bouncing Cantharidis.———

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

To say nothing of the natural workings of humanity and justice,—or of the yearnings of parental and connubial love, all which prompted him to leave as little to hazard as possible in a case of this kind;——he felt himself concern’d in a particular manner, that all should go right in the present case;—from the accumulated sorrow he lay open to, should any evil betide his wife and child in lying-in at Shandy-Hall.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

At the hour of the bath, as I extended my legs for the slaves to shave, I looked with disgust upon this solid body, this almost indestructible machine which absorbed food, walked, and managed to sleep, and would, I knew, re-accustom itself one day or another to the routines of love.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

‘Yes, if you don’t love me.’

— Anna Karenina
money

Even I myself began to know the want of money (I mean of ready money in my own pocket), and to relieve it by converting some easily spared articles of jewellery into cash.

— Great Expectations

Money turns everything into a mere concept.

— The Man Without Qualities

“Nay, you know your own uses for your money,” said Mrs Radford.

— Sons and Lovers

I knew he needed money and I knew what he needed it for: it was to entice that creature to go away with him.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And so my client says to himself: ‘If father doesn’t give me that money, it’ll be as if I’d stolen Katerina’s money.’

— The Brothers Karamazov

But, believe me, he realized very well that I knew everything, and also that I was testing him by offering him that money—to see whether he so completely lacked any sense of honor as to accept it.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Reinhold in turn can tell at a dozen paces: 1. she’s got no money. 2. she’s furious with Franz, and 3. she’s got the hots for me, the dandy Reinhold.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

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

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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

But we’d better hide this,” he said, pointing to the money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

In general, it was strange that such a cultured, proud, and apparently prudent young man as Ivan should come to that scandalous house to join a father who had ignored him all his life, who didn’t know him, indeed, hardly remembered that he existed, a father who would most certainly have refused to give him money under any circumstances and who lived in constant dread lest either of his younger sons, Ivan or Alexei, should one day come and ask him for help.

— The Brothers Karamazov

But as to money and place in the world,” Will ended, tossing back his head, “I think it is pretty clear that I am not determined by consideration of that sort.”

— Middlemarch

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

— The Brothers Karamazov

And he gets to talking and telling them how he’s been, and promises Herbert he’ll give him all his money back, every last penny, in a few months it should be all paid off. 

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

—His character was,——he loved a jest in his heart—and as he saw himself in the true point of ridicule, he would say, he could not be so angry with others for seeing him in a light, in which he so strongly saw himself: So that to his friends, who knew his foible was not the love of money, and who therefore made the less scruple in bantering the extravagance of his humour,—instead of giving the true cause,——he chose rather to join in the laugh against himself; and as he never carried one single ounce of flesh upon his own bones, being altogether as spare a figure as his beast,—he would sometimes insist upon it, that the horse was as good as the rider deserved;—that they were, centaur-like,—both of a piece.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

It was therefore quite natural that when his intellectual and artistic friends urgently begged him for it, he gave them not only advice but money too; but he did not always give, and he never gave much.

— The Man Without Qualities

Berlin in the late twenties and thirties; an atmosphere which he called decadent, but of which he had been very much a part; a little conventional homosexuality at the age of thirteen; being seduced by the maid when he was fourteen; then parties, fast cars, cabaret singers; a sentimental attempt to reform a prostitute about which he was now sentimentally cynical; an aristocratic contempt for Hitler, and always plenty of money.

— The Golden Notebook

The right half of the page, under the heading Money, was full, however.

— The Golden Notebook

And in the squads reclaiming the proprietors’ rights, there were (and this was the worst of it) many boys, deprived and homeless as the others, brutalized by propaganda or money, led to assault their poor equals.

— History

Don’t you see, I’ve got to get better, because they have to have money, and I know where to go to get it.

— Père Goriot

And so, having decided to commit the crime, he goes and reveals all the details about the money to another person—the accused—who, he knows, is extremely interested in that money, and he initiates him into every secret: where the money is hidden, what is written on the envelope, how to knock on the door to be let in—the secret knocking code that would enable him to get inside the house, which is the most important.

— The Brothers Karamazov

First, he had to raise a little money for his immediate needs.

— The Brothers Karamazov

But the swine owes me money!

— A Sentimental Education

All things considered, maybe she was the one owed money by that bitch!

— A Sentimental Education

The young woman call’d the old man and his wife into the room, to shew them the money, in order to gain me credit for a bed and what little necessaries I should want, till I should be in a condition to be got to the hospital——Come then! said she, tying up the little purse—I’ll be your banker—but as that office alone will not keep me employ’d, I’ll be your nurse too.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

I mean, how much money would satisfy them so that you need not be troubled any more?

— Middlemarch

Lydgate’s thought, when Bulstrode paused according to his wont, was, “He has perhaps been losing a good deal of money.”

— Middlemarch

If you’d have the condethenthun to be bought off from the t’other thide—at any thuperior prithe!—money no object!—Mithter Jaggerth—Mithter—!

— Great Expectations

The search angered him but also gave him courage, because, with what money there was on him, it was possible to account for only fifteen hundred rubles, and not for the whole three thousand.

— The Brothers Karamazov

“One question arises now,” Nelyudov said particularly softly; “could you please tell us where you suddenly got hold of all that money, because, from the facts we have established, you cannot possibly have had time even to go home.”

— The Brothers Karamazov

But on this side too there was a cheering sense of money; for Mrs. Vincy’s sister had been second wife to rich old Mr. Featherstone, and had died childless years ago, so that her nephews and nieces might be supposed to touch the affections of the widower.

— Middlemarch

I’ve certainly committed some follies, like everybody else, but money is the least thing, I’m not sorry about it.

— Anna Karenina

Sell them to me, and I’ll pay you money for them.

— Dead Souls
death

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

He felt it unnecessary to tell her the details of Moscow’s death, and she didn’t ask him.

— History

She sacrificed herself because she thought he would ruin himself by claiming that he, rather than his brother, was guilty of his father’s death, and she was prepared to do anything to save his name and his reputation!

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

It did not take the form it had assumed in the East, where if anyone bled from the nose it was an obvious portent of certain death.

— The Decameron

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

— Children of Gebelawi

He then implored her, in an agonized voice, to do whatever she could to prevent his being left there all night slowly freezing to death.

— The Decameron

After the death of her grandparents in Calabria, Ida had had no further communication with her uncles and cousins left down there.

— History

A man’s entitled to an opinion about his own death.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Death holds less pain than does the wait for death.

— Essays

First, he drove to the town hall to notify the death; next, having obtained the official certificate from the doctor concerned, he went back to the town hall to tell them which cemetery the family wanted and to make arrangements with the undertakers.

— A Sentimental Education

That moment was more painful than death.

— The Red and the Black

Death roars: ‘I’m not telling you, don’t talk to me.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

He again began to sit up, to cough, began to eat again, to talk, and again stopped talking about death, again began to express hope for recovery and became still more irritable and gloomy than before.

— Anna Karenina

However, whether for sanction or for chastisement, Mr. Bulstrode, hardly fifteen months after the death of Peter Featherstone, had become the proprietor of Stone Court, and what Peter would say “if he were worthy to know,” had become an inexhaustible and consolatory subject of conversation to his disappointed relatives.

— Middlemarch

When the stars were thrusting lances

Into the gray of the water,

And two-year-old bulls were dreaming

Cape-figures of gillyflowers,

Voices of death were sounding

Around the Guadalquivir.

— Gypsy Ballads

Thinking of it now, Ivan felt stunned: he had never tried to convince her that Mitya was the murderer, on the contrary, he had shared with her his suspicion that he himself was guilty of his father’s death when he had returned from his visit to Smerdyakov.

— The Brothers Karamazov

That is why, I believe, when many people noticed the smell of decay coming from his dead body, so soon moreover (less than a day) after his death, they were delighted beyond all measure.

— The Brothers Karamazov

During the night his mother and his sister had beaten him to death with a hammer in order to rob him and had thrown his body in the river.

— The Stranger

One man complains of its ease:

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

And came only to valor!

— Essays

I can remember them in ’70; in those wretched wars they’ve no fear of death left in them; they’re nothing more nor less than madmen; and then they aren’t worth the price of a rope to hang them with; they’re not men any more, they’re lions.

— In Search of Lost Time

The surgeon Satyrus took me into his hospital to witness death agonies.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

Naturally all this started us talking about the death of Monsieur Henrouille, but we didn’t go into it very deeply.

— Journey to the End of the Night

There couldn’t anything wake them up all over, and make them happy all over, like a dog-fight—unless it might be putting turpentine on a stray dog and setting fire to him, or tying a tin pan to his tail and see him run himself to death.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

She was lying below the waterline, on sand still wet from the recent tide, in a relaxed and natural attitude, like someone surprised by death in a state of unconsciousness or in sleep.

— History

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

A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought.

— Middlemarch

I think I can still feel the calm rhythm of her breathing; the palpitations and sighs that soothed my sleep….I think I feel the pain of her death….But that isn’t true.

— Pedro Páramo

I have seen several in my time, convicted by their conscience of keeping other people’s goods, plan to make restitution in their will after death.

— Essays

—Take away its herses, its mutes, and its mourning,—its plumes, scutcheons, and other mechanic aids—What is it?—Better in battle! continued my father, smiling, for he had absolutely forgot my brother Bobby—’tis terrible no way—for consider, brother Toby,—when we are—death is not;—and when death is—we are not.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

When Kitty had gone and Levin was left alone, he felt such anxiety without her and such an impatient desire to live quickly, the more quickly, till tomorrow morning, when he would see her again and be united with her for ever, that he became afraid, as of death, of those fourteen hours that he had to spend without her.

— Anna Karenina

‘It could have been’, she moaned, ‘that I had borne

Your child before you punished me; but now

We two shall die together’, and her life

Ebbed with her blood; she breathed her latest breath

And through her body stole the chill of death.

— Metamorphoses

She runs round the table to Franz’s side, hurry, oh, what am I doing, he’ll shoot, death, the end of everything, you murderer, the world’s over, I don’t want to die, don’t want to lose my head, finished with everything.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz