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love

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

In this psychic reversal two human beings’ pure delight in each other, this simplest and deepest of all emotions in love, which is the natural origin of all the others, is not present at all.

— The Man Without Qualities

“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 have elected to love none but magnanimous souls, and to live only in an atmosphere of magnanimity.

— In Search of Lost Time

Love will believe too soon.

— Metamorphoses

They sat stiff and transfigured on their little stools, were angry, in love, and sad at nothing, with nothing and about nothing, or each of them at, with and about something different from the other, thinking different things and each with his or her own problems in mind.

— The Man Without Qualities

He gazes at his eyes, twin constellation,

His hair worthy of Bacchus or Apollo,

His face so fine, his ivory neck, his cheeks

Smooth, and the snowy pallor and the blush;

All he admires that all admire in him,

Himself he longs for, longs unwittingly,

Praising is praised, desiring is desired,

And love he kindles while with love he burns.

— Metamorphoses

And if that doom awaits our city, why

Should his assault unlock those walls of mine

And not my love?

— Metamorphoses

She could only cry in loud whispers, between her sobs, after her lost belief which she had planted and kept alive from a very little seed since the days in Rome—after her lost joy of clinging with silent love and faith to one who, misprized by others, was worthy in her thought—after her lost woman’s pride of reigning in his memory—after her sweet dim perspective of hope, that along some pathway they should meet with unchanged recognition and take up the backward years as a yesterday.

— Middlemarch

Her beautiful eyes, gazing into mine, proclaim the love she felt for another.

— The Red and the Black

And another nurse whom I never identified, and the village idiot who carted cots and coffins into the elevator, and the idiotic green love birds in a cage in the waiting room — all were in the plot, the sordid plot.

— Lolita

The raven once had been a silvery bird,

With snow-white wings, pure as the spotless doves,

His whiteness rivalling the wakeful geese

Whose voice would one day save the Capitol,

And rivalling the swans that love the streams.

— Metamorphoses

But all round this shining love is a partiality for disillusion, compulsion, inexorability, cold intimidation and dry reproof, a malicious partiality or at least an involuntary emotional radiation of this kind.

— The Man Without Qualities

‘Surmounting the inner ramparts,’ he thought, ‘is what Hans calls this infamous notion of two love-ridden angels!’ and in his thoughts, as though he were running his fingers over it, he enjoyed the wonderfully smooth, hard surface of the sober form that life has taken on in modern times, thanks to the sensible endeavours of Leo Fischel and those who hold the same sort of views as he.

— The Man Without Qualities

Why should you care about a man’s children if he does’t love you?

— The Golden Notebook

You see, I love mankind so much that, believe it or not, there are moments when I would like to give up everything, abandon Lise, and become a hospital nurse.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Not even reading his sports magazines, his cheap novels of adventure or scandal, could amuse him any more; instead, they increased his restlessness, stirring up his desire for action, or for making love.

— History

She always felt a mixture of anguish in her love for him.

— Sons and Lovers

This act of masculine clumsiness was the spear through the side of her love for Morel.

— Sons and Lovers

‘Would it be weakness to return my love?’ exclaimed Miss Havisham.

— Great Expectations

But ever since, more than a year before, discovering to him many of the riches of his own soul, the love of music had, for a time at least, been born in him, Swann had regarded musical motifs as actual ideas, of another world, of another order, ideas veiled in shadow, unknown, impenetrable to the human mind, but none the less perfectly distinct from one another, unequal among themselves in value and significance.

— In Search of Lost Time

I do not want Your love, because I do not love You myself.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And they had thrown a car into the river with the people still inside! destroyed huts! beaten up a deaf-mute! and made love with a calf!

— History

Then she could love him.

— Sons and Lovers

You know how I love beautiful places like this … so grand, so chic …

— Journey to the End of the Night

But anger masked his suffering, and he seemed not to care about the flowers and the birds and the mother-love.

— Children of Gebelawi

But now, to the diminution of his love there corresponded a simultaneous diminution in his desire to remain in love.

— In Search of Lost Time

You must love me just a little …

— Journey to the End of the Night

“I want to remind myself,” she told him, “that I am your servant; if ever my abominable pride should lead me astray, show me this hair and tell me: ‘It is no longer a question of love, it is no longer a question of what you feel in your heart at this moment; you have sworn to obey; obey on your honor.’”

— The Red and the Black

His wits had so little control over his actions that if some impatient philosopher had said to him: “Give some thought now as to how you may quickly take advantage of a frame of mind that will soon change in your favor; with the kind of rational love that is to be found in Paris, the same sort of behavior cannot persist for more than two days,” he would not have understood him.

— The Red and the Black

Mme Stahl spoke with Kitty as with a dear child, whom one looks upon fondly as a memory of one’s youth, and she only once mentioned that in all human griefs consolation is given by faith and love alone and that no griefs are too negligible for Christ’s compassion for us, and at once turned the conversation to something else.

— Anna Karenina

Love for Mme. de Rênal became less and less a possibility in Julien’s proud heart; as for her, she respected him, she admired him; she had been scolded by him.

— The Red and the Black

It is possible that in order to keep love, feeling, tenderness alive, it will be necessary to feel these emotions ambiguously, even for what is false and debased, or for what is still an idea, a shadow in the willed imagination only … or if what we feel is pain, then we must feel it, acknowledging that the alternative is death.

— The Golden Notebook
money

Moreover, you are the very last person I’d lend money to, because I like you and I feel I must save you, and the only place for you is the gold mines, the gold mines, and the gold mines…

— The Brothers Karamazov

Silly cow, bitch, only good for swallowing money.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

And yet, I repeat, we weren’t playing for money, only for fun and glory …

— Journey to the End of the Night

It was this preoccupation with the hardship of Will’s wanting money, while she had what ought to have been his share, which led her to say, seeing that he remained silent and looked away from her—

“I wonder whether you would like to have that miniature which hangs upstairs—I mean that beautiful miniature of your grandmother.

— Middlemarch

Do you really imagine I’ll take money for souls which, in a sense, have terminated their existence?

— Dead Souls

“Harbor fees are so dreadfully costly!” they kept saying, sincerely distressed, as if it had been their own money.

— Journey to the End of the Night

The common man, blinded by his love of money, was not capable of grasping that it was in his sincerity that the Abbé Pirard had found the strength he needed to struggle on alone for six years against Marie Alacoque, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Jesuits, and his bishop.

— The Red and the Black

I don’t know what to do then…I didn’t bring enough money with me.

— Dead Souls

No, I just don’t have any money at all!

— The Brothers Karamazov

Unoka was, of course, a debtor, and he owed every neighbor some money, from a few cowries to quite substantial amounts.

— Things Fall Apart

By the way, Fetyukovich asked that question about the envelope with the money in it of every witness who was at all likely to know about it, just as persistently as the prosecutor asked about the settlement of the estate left by Mitya’s mother, and he received a series of similar answers to the effect that they had all heard of the envelope with the money in it, but that none of them had actually seen it.

— The Brothers Karamazov

We would rather work for our money.

— Middlemarch

And take the other son, Dmitry: that one behaves much worse than any flunkey I’ve ever seen, and he doesn’t have any more brains or any more money than a flunkey, and he isn’t any good at anything, but that doesn’t prevent everybody around from treating him like a gentleman and respecting him.

— The Brothers Karamazov

You know I don’t really care about money …

— Journey to the End of the Night

“I never was covetous, Jane,” she replied; “but I have six children and have buried three, and I didn’t marry into money.

— Middlemarch

It is eminently mine to ask such questions, when I have to decide whether I will have transactions with you and accept your money.

— Middlemarch

But that money you showed me just now.

— The Brothers Karamazov

It was not that she wanted for herself the money my aunt bestowed on Eulalie.

— In Search of Lost Time

When I asked him where he had got all that money, he told me very clearly that you had just given him three thousand rubles to go to the gold mines…

— The Brothers Karamazov

But the strangest thing of all was the way Dmitry was holding the money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Rachel was so ecstatic about both that, without her being aware of it, her fingers for some time continued to clutch not only the money but his hand too.

— The Man Without Qualities

And, after leaving his young brother that night, Mitya had felt, in his wound-up state, that he would murder and rob someone if that were the only way he could get the money to pay back Katerina.

— The Brothers Karamazov

She’s much too good for him, he says, weeping big tears, but not too big, because after all she is stuck with two kids in Ceylon and no money, so he’s safe.

— The Golden Notebook

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

As soon as he entered his last year in exile Okonkwo sent money to Obierika to build him two huts in his old compound where he and his family would live until he built more huts and the outside wall of his compound.

— Things Fall Apart

Some smart people helped me, they talked to me and told me stories, people with good heads on their shoulders, and so you should know: you shouldn’t swear by money or cognac or a few pennies in contributions.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

“The white man’s court has decided that it should belong to Nnama’s family, who had given much money to the white man’s messengers and interpreter.”

— Things Fall Apart

Tomorrow, I’ll try to raise the money from everyone I can think of, but if I can’t get it from them, I give you my word I’ll go to see my father, smash his head in, and take the money from under his pillow, provided only that Ivan has left by then.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Only one thing prevented me from clearing out—lack of money.

— Journey to the End of the Night

‘Keep your money.’

— A Sentimental Education

Besides, I had no right whatsoever to be so demanding of him about that debt because, once,” she said with a determined note in her voice, “I had borrowed money from him myself and it was more than three thousand, and I did so although I was not sure at the time when I would be able to pay him back…”

— The Brothers Karamazov

And you could never have accused me in court, because if you had, I’d have told them everything—oh, not that I killed him and stole the money, that I certainly wouldn’t have told them—but that you had tried to incite me to kill and to rob and that I had refused.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Did he send you there to get money from her, to ask her to give him some money?

— The Brothers Karamazov
death

Perhaps if the year were 1447 instead of 1947 I might have hoodwinked my gentle nature by administering her some classical poison from a hollow agate, some tender philter of death.

— Lolita

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

If there’s Death hid inside of it, there is, and let him come out, and I’ll face him, and then I’ll believe in him and not afore.

— Great Expectations

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

He was on the verge of the brain fever to which he succumbed completely after the shock of Smerdyakov’s death.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Ah, when I think how close I was to death as I stood there within his reach, putting it around his outstretched neck!

— The Brothers Karamazov

And thousands of people will send your protégé Moosbrugger to his death because none of them but three need to do it with their own hands!

— The Man Without Qualities

Aristotle, who discusses and stirs up everything, inquires in connection with Solon’s saying that no man can be called happy before his death, whether even a man who has lived and died in good order can be called happy if his reputation is in bad shape or if his posterity is miserable.

— Essays

Five days after the death of Raffles, Mr. Bambridge was standing at his leisure under the large archway leading into the yard of the Green Dragon.

— Middlemarch

“It will worret you to death, Lucy; that I can see,” said Mr. Vincy, more mildly.

— Middlemarch

He sometimes takes the great Folio whales by the lip, and hangs there like a leech, till the mighty brute is worried to death.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

In fact, for the maximum material output (which was all that was required of them, imposed like a life-and-death pact), their only defense was obtuseness, to the point of stupor.

— History

They will die peacefully with Your name on their lips, but beyond the grave they will find nothing but death.

— The Brothers Karamazov

The brown beard yelled: ‘Put him to death, when did I say put him to death?

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Similarly, in the case of the poor kitchen-maid, was not one’s attention incessantly drawn to her belly by the weight which dragged it down; and in the same way, again, are not the thoughts of the dying often turned towards the practical, painful, obscure, visceral aspect, towards that “seamy side” of death which is, as it happens, the side that death actually presents to them and forces them to feel, and which far more closely resembles a crushing burden, a difficulty in breathing, a destroying thirst, than the abstract idea to which we are accustomed to give the name of Death?

— In Search of Lost Time

The truth is an endless death agony.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Now the thought of death no longer seemed to her so terrible and clear, and death itself no longer appeared inevitable.

— Anna Karenina

Mlle. de La Mole learned of the Marquis de Croisenois’ death.

— The Red and the Black

‘Yes, I heard … Such a sudden death,’ said Levin.

— Anna Karenina

In the first, real singers and dancers had unreal stage careers in an essentially grief-proof sphere of existence wherefrom death and truth were banned, and where, at the end, whitehaired, dewy-eyed, technically deathless, the initially reluctant father of a show-crazy girl always finished by applauding her apotheosis on fabulous Broadway.

— Lolita

Now let us go back to my brother’s death.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

All the others, numbering about eight hundred and fifty, promptly on arrival were sent to death, unaware, in the gas chambers.

— History

Now as for my spirits, little have I to lay to their charge—nay so very little (unless the mounting me upon a long stick, and playing the fool with me nineteen hours out of the twenty-four, be accusations) that on the contrary, I have much—much to thank ‘em for: cheerily have ye made me tread the path of life with all the burdens of it (except its cares) upon my back; in no one moment of my existence, that I remember, have ye once deserted me, or tinged the objects which came in my way, either with sable, or with a sickly green; in dangers ye gilded my horizon with hope, and when DEATH himself knocked at my door—ye bad him come again; and in so gay a tone of careless indifference, did ye do it, that he doubted of his commission——

“—There must certainly be some mistake in this matter,” quoth he.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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

He’s walking to his death.

— Children of Gebelawi

The question of divorce in her situation is for her a question of life and death.

— Anna Karenina

Voice of death resounding

Around the Guadalquivir,

Old voices closing around

The voice of the male carnation.

— Gypsy Ballads

He was a fine gentleman, then they put him to death.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

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

Men are always saved, even if only after the death of the one who saves them.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I shouldn’t like his self-sacrifice on behalf of my two tykes to lead to his death!

— A Sentimental Education

Their number is so infinite that in truth I should make a better bargain to count up those who have feared death.

— Essays

Three or four years after his second wife’s death, he had gone to the south of Russia, ending up in Odessa where he stayed for several years.

— The Brothers Karamazov