love
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love

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

— Sons and Lovers

I thought I saw him leer in an ugly way at me while the decanters were going round, but as there was no love lost between us, that might easily be.

— Great Expectations

“And yet you love her?”

— Sons and Lovers

He more or less stopped going to the shop, and but for his father’s love and sympathy he would have had nothing to live on.

— Children of Gebelawi

Five years:—if he could only be sure that she cared for him more than for others; if he could only make her aware that he stood aloof until he could tell his love without lowering himself—then he could go away easily, and begin a career which at five-and-twenty seemed probable enough in the inward order of things, where talent brings fame, and fame everything else which is delightful.

— Middlemarch

Yes, I see you love me.

— Père Goriot

I’m going to make love to you, as if I were desperately in love with you.

— The Golden Notebook

Love?

— Season of Migration to the North

Though I knew that this tangle consisting by turns of Mama and Jan or Matzerath and Mama—sighing, straining, then moaning in exhaustion, falling apart, trailing sticky threads—meant love, Oskar still couldn’t believe that love was love, and moved by love sought other loves, yet always returned to that same tangle-love, hated that love till he’d practised that love himself and was forced to defend it in his own eyes as the only true and possible love.

— The Tin Drum

‘And in fact, he still does love me, in his way!’

— A Sentimental Education

Don’t look down on magic, my darling, it’s no less important than our love; like it, it can create a new life.

— Children of Gebelawi

These are disquisitions, which my father, who had laid in a great stock of knowledge of this kind, will be very busy with, in the progress of my uncle Toby’s affairs: I must anticipate thus much, That from his theories of love, (with which, by the way, he contrived to crucify my uncle Toby’s mind, almost as much as his amours themselves)—he took a single step into practice;—and by means of a camphorated cerecloth, which he found means to impose upon the taylor for buckram, whilst he was making my uncle Toby a new pair of breeches, he produced Gordonius’s effect upon my uncle Toby without the disgrace.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Or linger a while in this bower, where my love rested herself, but which she has now deserted?

— The Recognition of Śakuntalā

Ulrich, however, was by that time so far gone in love that he no longer had any wish except to get as quickly and as far away as possible from the proximity of the origin of that love.

— The Man Without Qualities

With the result that, if she was now frequently away from Paris, even when she was there he scarcely saw her, and she who, when she was in love with him, used to say “I’m always free” and “What do I care what other people think?” now, whenever he wanted to see her, appealed to the proprieties or pleaded some engagement.

— In Search of Lost Time

I want to love you as long as I live.

— The Brothers Karamazov

It goes without saying that he never spoke with any of his comrades about his love, did not let it slip even during the wildest drinking parties (however, he never got so drunk as to lose control of himself), and stopped the mouths of those of his light-minded comrades who tried to hint at his liaison.

— Anna Karenina

Life smiled at Mitzi, who at the time was going by Sonia, she had a large circle of acquaintances and quite a few friends, but after a while she was regularly seen in the company of a powerfully built man with one arm, with whom Mitzi fell in love at first sight and to whom she remained devoted to the end.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

And every so often, between one remedy and another, used as alibi or alternative, he would go back to that unique one, fascinated, like a rake returning to his first love.

— History

Love God’s creation, love every atom of it separately, and love it also as a whole; love every green leaf, every ray of God’s light; love the animals and the plants and love every inanimate object.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Not love so much as the satisfaction of his vanity.

— Anna Karenina

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

— The Brothers Karamazov

No, she assumed that Ulrich knew nothing of the monstrosity of a love-play that was as though on the peaks of the Himalayas, built of love, contempt, fear, and the obligations of the sublime.

— The Man Without Qualities

And love most of all!

— Journey to the End of the Night

He was madly in love with her: every movement she made, every crease in her garments sent a hot flash through him and seemed adorable.

— Sons and Lovers

I love you!

— A Sentimental Education

But now I was in great demand everywhere: people would invite me to visit them, and they would laugh at me, but love me at the same time.

— The Brothers Karamazov

The entries on the left began again opposite a typed manifesto-like sheet gummed to the page, which was a synopsis of Frontiers of War, now changed to Forbidden Love, written by Anna with her tongue in her cheek, and approved by the synopsis desk in her agent’s office:]

Dashing young Peter Carey, his brilliant scholastic career at Oxford broken by World War II, is posted to Central Africa with the sky-blue-uniformed youth of the R.A.F. to be trained as a pilot.

— Middlemarch

I even love Clara, and I did Miriam.

— Sons and Lovers

And that love, which, as she felt, should have been concentrated on her alone, had diminished.

— Anna Karenina

Joy came first, in spite of the threatening train behind it—joy in the impression that it was really herself whom Will loved and was renouncing, that there was really no other love less permissible, more blameworthy, which honor was hurrying him away from.

— Middlemarch

Though I knew that this tangle consisting by turns of Mama and Jan or Matzerath and Mama—sighing, straining, then moaning in exhaustion, falling apart, trailing sticky threads—meant love, Oskar still couldn’t believe that love was love, and moved by love sought other loves, yet always returned to that same tangle-love, hated that love till he’d practised that love himself and was forced to defend it in his own eyes as the only true and possible love.

— The Tin Drum

So one final sentence that I hope will clarify everything: Maria was, leaving aside all those anonymous nurses, Oskar’s first love.

— The Tin Drum
money

It is possible—I have often felt so much weakness in myself that I can conceive even a man of honorable disposition, such as I have always believed Lydgate to be, succumbing to such a temptation as that of accepting money which was offered more or less indirectly as a bribe to insure his silence about scandalous facts long gone by.

— Middlemarch

He was not yet sure whether he should wait for Mr. Garth, or use any good opportunity in conversation to confess to Mrs. Garth herself, give her the money and ride away.

— Middlemarch

“If you won’t give me my money I’m going out to work!” she’d shout at her daughter-in-law.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Where could he find the money?

— A Sentimental Education

And he started his search for money, on a wild hunch, in the most improbable place imaginable.

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

The Vicar was a first-rate billiard-player, and though he did not frequent the Green Dragon, there were reports that he had sometimes been there in the daytime and had won money.

— Middlemarch

He had said nothing after throwing the stick, but she had seen him taking his keys again and laying his right hand on the money.

— Middlemarch

Now what is it, what’s that face she’s making, why’s she looking at the money like that, it’s not gonna bite her, it’s good money.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Only this time, when Trifonov came back from the fair, he had no money to pay back, as I found out accidentally from his slobbering son and heir, the most depraved youth the world has ever seen.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I never discovered from whom Joe derived the conventional temperature of the four thousand pounds, but it appeared to make the sum of money more to him, and he had a manifest relish in insisting on its being cool.

— Great Expectations

I have some money, and don’t know what to do with it—that is often an uncomfortable thought to me.

— Middlemarch

Whereupon the two brothers made all necessary arrangements, using his own money to see that he had an honourable funeral, and sending news of his death to the friars and asking them to come that evening to observe the customary vigil, and the following morning to take away the body.

— The Decameron

Don’t you reckon I know who hid that money in that coffin?

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Then I says: ‘There’s one more thing—that bag of money.’

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

If these men ain’t frauds, they won’t object to sending for that money and letting us keep it till they prove they’re all right—ain’t that so?

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

That’s why you lose money on them, because they’re dead: you have to pay for them and now I’ll save you the payments and the worry.

— Dead Souls

And lastly, there was the equally unexpected testimony of the accused’s brother Ivan, who, until then, had believed the accused guilty, but who now produced that money in court, and who accused Smerdyakov of being the murderer.

— 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

Impossible to give medical help, if money is placed in the right way?

— Anna Karenina

“With money,” came a carefree voice from the direction of the radio-listeners, “you can buy even the Madonna…” “… and God Almighty,” a second voice, more sarcastic, insisted from the same group.

— History

“It’ll be a bad thing for the town though, if Bulstrode’s money goes out of it,” said Mr. Limp, quaveringly.

— Middlemarch

You’re young, you have money, health, you’re a good fellow, you lack nothing.

— Zorba the Greek

Let father come–bring money.

— Sons and Lovers

The family radio, already owned when Alfio was alive, had stopped working over a year ago, so Ninnarieddu, one fine day, had demolished it completely, taking it apart and using the pieces for various constructions of his own (nor did she have the money to buy another).

— History

Through my umbilical cord, I’m taking in fare dodgers and the dangers of purchasing peacock-feather fans; Amina’s assiduity seeps into me, and more ominous things — clattering footsteps, my mother’s need to plead for money until the napkin in my father’s lap began to quiver and make a little tent — and the cremated ashes of Arjuna Indiabikes, and a peepshow into which Lifafa Das tried to put everything in the world, and rapscallions perpetrating outrages; many-headed monsters swell inside me — masked Ravanas, eight-year-old girls with lisps and one continuous eyebrow, mobs crying Rapist.

— Midnight's Children

But Sonia—Mitzi—wants to do something for Franz, our little pusspuss wants to do something that’s nicer than just earning money for him.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

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

You forget your life, that is, you forget all about money.

— Journey to the End of the Night

“I want to sell them and give the money to M. Julien, so he won’t be a fool for staying with us.”

— The Red and the Black

Nor were there any serious shortages of commodities to buy with the money.

— The Golden Notebook

He had acquired his wealth through his investments on Monsieur Dambreuse’s behalf, for by lending money to people offering sound security on mortgages, he was able to ask for extra interest or commission and with his ever-watchful eye there was no capital risk.

— A Sentimental Education

Grushenka, of course, had money, but Mitya’s pride would keep him from touching it: he had to pay for their journey himself and then earn their living by his own efforts; he could not live on her capital.

— The Brothers Karamazov
death

We don’t know what you have done, but we wouldn’t have you starved to death for it, poor miserable fellow-creatur.

— Great Expectations

But at certain times of life, for example in periods of ritual fasting or in the course of religious initiations, I have learned the advantage for the mind (and also the dangers) of different forms of abstinence, or even voluntary starvation, those states approaching giddiness where the body, partly lightened of ballast, enters into a world for which it is not made, and which affords it a foretaste of the cold and emptiness of death.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plunging of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there’s naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah’s prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

My mother lay alone amid the candles; her face pale, her white teeth barely visible between purple lips frozen by the livid cold of death.

— Pedro Páramo

Exhausted then and dying, these few words

She forced herself to murmur: “By our vows

Of wedlock, by the gods of home and heaven,

By my deserts, if I have well deserved,

By my death’s cause, my own still-living love,

I beg you, I implore you, not to take

Zephyr to be your wife in place of me.”

— Metamorphoses

They’ve arrived right on time, though death will be very late.

— Père Goriot

He could no longer think about the question of death itself, but thoughts came to him inadvertently of what he was to do now, presently: close his eyes, dress him, order the coffin.

— Anna Karenina

No doubt because my drum had a decisive influence on the shape and design of Greff’s death, I sometimes manage to translate Greff’s death into a well-rounded composition for percussion on Oskar’s drum, and when friends or my keeper Bruno ask me what I call it, I tell them: Seventy-five Kilos.

— The Tin Drum

And so death will be threatened with death.

— Children of Gebelawi

In the sequel of his very eventful days, Ninnuzzu never bothered to come back to those places; and as far as we can suppose, he never learned of Mariulina’s death, or of her betrayal.

— History

Death is chasing you, you’ve got to hurry, and while you’re looking you’ve got to eat, and keep away from wars.

— Journey to the End of the Night

A somewhat murky report maintains that a poet by the name of Opitz fled Silesia and sought refuge for a few years in the city, but died an early death because he hunted down the insidious carving in a storeroom and tried to sing verses to her.

— The Tin Drum

But you breathe a sumptuous aroma of death that’s not easy to forget…

— Journey to the End of the Night

——I would serve him to the day of my death out of love.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

He could be heard yawning, with a kind of heartrending death-rattle, stretching to his full length, like a martyr on the wheel.

— History

The sun looked bright the morning after, to every eye in the village but Le Fever’s and his afflicted son’s; the hand of death press’d heavy upon his eye-lids,——and hardly could the wheel at the cistern turn round its circle,—when my uncle Toby, who had rose up an hour before his wonted time, entered the lieutenant’s room, and without preface or apology, sat himself down upon the chair by the bed-side, and independantly of all modes and customs, opened the curtain in the manner an old friend and brother officer would have done it, and asked him how he did,—how he had rested in the night,—what was his complaint,—where was his pain,—and what he could do to help him:——and without giving him time to answer any one of the enquiries, went on and told him of the little plan which he had been concerting with the corporal the night before for him.——

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The second line of argument contradicts the first, but our philosophers care little for such niceties: the theme was no longer resignation to death but negation of it.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

In a blind landowner’s house on the shores of a Kashmiri lake, Nassem Aziz doomed me to the inevitability of perforated sheets; and in the waters of that same lake, Ilse Lubin leaked into history, and I have not forgotten her death-wish;

— Midnight's Children

For his part, meanwhile, the recent Founder of the Empire, taking this great step in his career, had actually put his foot in the trap that was to doom him to the final scandal, to his downfall and death.

— History

Death, the inevitable end of everything, presented itself to him for the first time with irresistible force.

— Anna Karenina

Not that Julien was tenderhearted, as that word is understood in Paris; but neither was he a monster, and no one, since the death of the old surgeon major, had spoken to him so kindly.

— The Red and the Black

Inside these two flimsy envelopes were warrants of either life or death for his hopes.

— Père Goriot

‘A chief doesn’t disappear without a reason; and I know the smell of death.’

— Children of Gebelawi

But now we two—one soul—one death will die.

— Metamorphoses

She said the word often enough, and there could be no doubt that she meant to say it; but if the often repeated word had been hate instead of love—despair—revenge—dire death—it could not have sounded from her lips more like a curse.

— Great Expectations

“These people will be the death of me,” the Director predicted with a sigh and slumped back into his armchair that was covered with dirty, rumpled, yellow canvas.

— 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

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

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

I will not appeal my death sentence if by poison, knife, pistol, carbon gas, or by any other means whatsoever, you attempt to end or shorten your life.

— The Red and the Black

I knew I smelled a death.

— Pedro Páramo

“Where’s the death, padre?”

— Pedro Páramo

And this malady which Swann’s love had become had so proliferated, was so closely interwoven with all his habits, with all his actions, with his thoughts, his health, his sleep, his life, even with what he hoped for after his death, was so utterly inseparable from him, that it would have been impossible to eradicate it without almost entirely destroying him; as surgeons say, his love was no longer operable.

— In Search of Lost Time

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