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love

Of course, being a good man, he tended to love people more than not to love them, and therefore the peasantry as well.

— Anna Karenina

Here are my politics: I love music and painting; a good book is an event for me; I’m going on forty-four.

— The Red and the Black

‘Understand,’ he said, ‘that it isn’t love.

— Anna Karenina

Do you know, Anna, I love that woman, I love that woman so much that …

— The Golden Notebook

And that was a queer state of affairs, for a heart that is getting on for fifty years of age is a tough muscle that refuses to expand as easily as does that of a twenty-year-old in the flowering season of love; and it caused him considerable discomfort.

— The Man Without Qualities

His dreams, denied the children of midnight, became filled with nostalgia to the point of nausea, so that he often woke up gagging with the heavy musk of regret overpowering his senses; there were nightmares of numbers marching one two three, and of a tightening, throttling pair of prehensile knees … but there was a new gift, and a Lambretta scooter, and (though still unconscious) a humble, submissive love of his sister … jerking my narrator’s eyes away from the described past, I insist that Saleem, then-as-now, succeeded in turning his attention towards the as-yet-undescribed future.

— Midnight's Children

A man could get completely lost in all these complications and Alyosha could not bear the unknown because his love was an active one.

— The Brothers Karamazov

The red-headed Jew tugged at him: ‘For the love of God, you’re among strangers.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Love’s the same the world over.

— The Golden Notebook

‘But, please, for the love of God, Prince, what have I done?’ the princess said, almost in tears.

— Anna Karenina

‘I’d love to,’ said Kikuko.

— The Sound of the Mountain

They die of love—inside.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Love her, love her, love her!

— Great Expectations

He drove these thoughts away; he tried to convince himself that he lived not for this temporary life here and now but for eternal life, and that there was peace and love in his soul.

— Anna Karenina

Some time that night he remarked: ‘Odd isn’t it, it really is true that if you love a woman sleeping with another woman means nothing.’

— The Golden Notebook

The boredom of conjugal life destroys love without fail, when love has preceded marriage.

— The Red and the Black

Please give my love to Mrs Sa’eed.

— Season of Migration to the North

That is why they fall in love with soldiers or with firemen; the uniform makes them less particular about the face; they feel they are embracing beneath the gleaming breastplate a heart different from the rest, more gallant, more adventurous, more tender; and so it is that a young king or a crown prince may make the most gratifying conquests in the countries that he visits, and yet lack entirely that regular and classic profile which would be indispensable, I dare say, for a stockbroker.

— In Search of Lost Time

Then the man goes to the woman and says: I love you.

— The Golden Notebook

Madly in love with the lady in pink, I covered my old uncle’s tobacco-stained cheeks with passionate kisses, and while with some embarrassment he gave me to understand without actually saying that he would rather I did not tell my parents about this visit, I assured him with tears in my eyes that his kindness had made so strong an impression upon me that some day I would most certainly find a way of expressing my gratitude.

— In Search of Lost Time

The cynics and the moralists agree in placing the pleasures of love among the enjoyments termed gross, that is, between the desire for drinking and the need for eating, though at the same time they call love less indispensable, since it is something which, they assert, one can go without.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

To love myself is to feel sorry for myself.

— The Book of Disquiet

Or those of love and of the spirit?

— The Man Without Qualities

But once in a while, illuminating a chink of that existence which Swann still saw as a complete blank, even if his mind assured him that it was not, because he was unable to visualize it, some friend who knew them both and, suspecting that they were in love, would not have dared to tell him anything about her that was of the least importance, would describe how he had glimpsed Odette that very morning walking up the Rue Abbattucci, in a cape trimmed with skunk, a Rembrandt hat, and a bunch of violets in her bosom.

— In Search of Lost Time

In short, having given herself to the degrading pleasures of someone young but virtually monstrous in his licentiousness, she was now tasting the sweetness of strolling in love’s flower-strewn regions, and finding it charming to relish everything she found there, listening slow and lingeringly, feeling herself softly caressed by chaste breezes.

— Père Goriot

For like all people in love, Diotima enjoyed talking about the object of her love, without—or at least so she believed—betraying herself.

— The Man Without Qualities

It made him pant, with terror, agony and love.

— Sons and Lovers

I beg the reader will assist me here, to wheel off my uncle Toby’s ordnance behind the scenes,——to remove his sentry-box, and clear the theatre, if possible, of horn-works and half moons, and get the rest of his military apparatus out of the way;——that done, my dear friend Garrick, we’ll snuff the candles bright,—sweep the stage with a new broom,—draw up the curtain, and exhibit my uncle Toby dressed in a new character, throughout which the world can have no idea how he will act: and yet, if pity be akin to love,—and bravery no alien to it, you have seen enough of my uncle Toby in these, to trace these family likenesses, betwixt the two passions (in case there is one) to your heart’s content.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

But, my love, you would be right to object if I did the same as they do.

— Dead Souls

What happened to this old fellow could happen to the prettiest woman in the world, with the man she loves best: if her love bores him, he’ll leave her, he’ll do some cowardly thing, anything, to get away from her.

— Père Goriot

I knew well enough the different elements of his life as prosperous citizen: his wife, whom he loved, and whose health was frail; his married daughters and their children, for whom he was modest but tenacious in his ambitions, as he had been for himself; his love of choice dishes; his decided taste for Greek cameos and for young dancing girls.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

‘Oh, people always love me!’

— A Sentimental Education

That’s why I asked you, and why I ask you, have you ever been immoderately in love or angry or desperate.

— The Man Without Qualities
money

Couldn’t Dmitry have killed him, then, while you only took the money?

— The Brothers Karamazov

‘The money will be there.’

— Midnight's Children

My God—I haven’t seen so much money in four years!

— The Brothers Karamazov

On the other hand, although the man of today possesses in money, as Arnheim realised, the surest modern method of managing all relationships, yet in spite of the fact that this method can be as hard and accurate as a guillotine, it can also be as touchily sensitive as a sufferer from rheumatism—one need only think of the aching and limping of the money-market at the slightest cause—and is most delicately bound up with everything over which it rules.

— The Man Without Qualities

Ivan wouldn’t do anything like that for money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And I myself saw the money in your hands—although it’s a fact that you didn’t give it to me to count, I could tell just by the size of the bundle that there was much more than fifteen hundred rubles there.

— The Brothers Karamazov

“And how could I explain to my boy why I accepted your money for having been disgraced?”

— The Brothers Karamazov

If any money came his way, and it seldom did, he immediately bought gourds of palm-wine, called round his neighbors and made merry.

— Things Fall Apart

Many people heard him say so and, also, that one day he would find enough money to carry out his plan.

— The Brothers Karamazov

“I can’t abide your losing the money you’ve scraped together for Alfred.”

— Middlemarch

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

— Journey to the End of the Night

She had a good idea that I’d come to ask her for money, and that in itself created a natural animosity between us.

— Journey to the End of the Night

In fact, all I ever did to him was to offer him money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Find a place in one of your things that isn’t just share-pushing or promoting or money-making.

— The Golden Notebook

Your grandmother told me that at that time Miss Rosa actually could not count money, change, that she knew the progression of the coins in theory but that apparently she had never had the actual cash to see, touch, experiment and prove with; that on certain days of the week she would go down town with a basket and shop at certain stores which Mr Coldfield had already designated, with no coin nor sum of money changing lip or hand, and that later in the day Mr Coldfield would trace her course by the debits scratched on paper or on walls and counters, and pay them.

— Absalom, Absalom!

He’s got a girl who makes him happy, he’s got more money than he can spend, he’s already paid off his entire debt to Herbert.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Porfiry answered quickly that he had done as he had been told and had handed the widow the money from “an anonymous well-wisher.”

— The Brothers Karamazov

When he decided to reject the money, his voice was so terribly weak, so faltering; the words came out so quickly and he was sort of chuckling all the time, or was he weeping even then?

— The Brothers Karamazov

An atmosphere of money all the time, anxious money, with these American people.

— The Golden Notebook

Franz Biberkopf is on the job market, you need to earn money, a man can’t live without money.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

No one else would hold money like that: he held all the bills in his outstretched right hand, as if exhibiting them.

— The Brothers Karamazov

But as matters stand, under our duller skies, a poor young man, ambitious only because his refined nature requires some of the pleasures money can buy, is coming into daily contact with a thirty-year-old woman, one who is sincerely virtuous, occupied with her children, and who does not take the novels for a model of conduct in any respect.

— The Red and the Black

When it came to pocket money, all I could count on during my stay at the hospital was the few francs my mother managed to scrape up for me each week.

— Journey to the End of the Night

He had a bag of money in his pocket, like a pudding in the cloth, and on that property married a young person in bed-furniture, with great rejoicings; the whole population of Portsmouth (nine in number at the last Census) turning out on the beach, to rub their own hands and shake everybody else’s, and sing, ‘Fill, fill!’

— Great Expectations

It’s he who killed father and stole the money!

— The Brothers Karamazov

And suppose that Mary could help you to go to Mr. Hanmer’s with the money she gets?

— Middlemarch

Miss Havisham, if you could spare the money to do my friend Herbert a lasting service in life, but which from the nature of the case must be done without his knowledge, I could show you how.

— Great Expectations

The forgery of paper money, the abduction of the governor’s daughter, the death of the public prosecutor he was supposed to have caused, the arrival of a new governor general—it all gave him a considerable fright.

— Dead Souls

So long as I get a good run for my money—!

— Sons and Lovers

Why, all he had to do, according to the prosecutor, was to take the envelope with him, and no one would ever have known of the existence of that money and, therefore, no one would ever have suspected him of stealing it.

— The Brothers Karamazov

But that money you showed me just now.

— The Brothers Karamazov

“With this money, your son will go to M. Durand, the draper, and pick up a black suit.”

— The Red and the Black

“Money …” Davide laughed.

— History
death

It was an odd sensation to see his very familiar face established quite at home in that very unfamiliar room and region; and I found myself looking at him, much as I looked at the corner cupboard with the glass and china, the shells upon the chimney-piece, and the coloured engravings on the wall, representing the death of Captain Cook, a ship-launch, and his Majesty King George the Third in a state coachman’s wig, leather breeches, and top-boots, on the terrace at Windsor.

— Great Expectations

uhlans, itching again, wheel their horses about where shocks of straw are standing—this too a striking image—and gather round a man called Don Quixote in Spain, but this one’s name is Pan Kichot, a pure-blood Pole of sad and noble mien, who’s taught his uhlans how to kiss a lady’s hand on horseback, so now they always kiss the hand of Death as if he were a lady, but gather first with sunset at their backs—for atmosphere and mood are their reserves—the German tanks before them, stallions from the stud farms of Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach, nobler steeds there never were.

— The Tin Drum

Apparently, a nun, to prepare him for a holy death, had hinted at the truth.

— History

He’ll be like this for a while, and then he’ll die without anyone knowing it; there won’t even be a death rattle.

— Père Goriot

Every new increase in the vast imperial organism seemed to me an unsound growth, like a cancer or dropsical oedema which would eventually cause our death.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

—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

They’re known as the antechamber of death?

— History

I forgive this good servitor his endeavor to hide my death from me.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

When, after a brief and not overly tiring visit, Maria prepared to depart, she took along the old drum I’d battered to death during my description of Truczinski’s back, the galleon’s wooden figurehead, and my somewhat overly personal interpretation of the First Letter to the Corinthians, to store it in our cellar with all the other worn-out instruments that had served both my professional and private needs.

— The Tin Drum

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

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

There was the compact; to resist tyranny to the death.

— To the Lighthouse

Death holds less pain than does the wait for death.

— Essays

You are right, but then he may have lied without knowing he was lying; he may have imagined that this really happened, when his mind became confused under the impact of the news of Smerdyakov’s death.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Now this death, which some call the most horrible of horrible things, who does not know that others call it the only haven from the torments of this life, the sovereign good of nature, the sole support of our freedom, and the common and prompt remedy for all evils?

— Essays

If death, said my father, reasoning with himself, is nothing but the separation of the soul from the body;—and if it is true that people can walk about and do their business without brains,—then certes the soul does not inhabit there.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

——One must not give him his death, however,—interrupted my father.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

If I were to string together here a long list of those of all sexes and conditions and sects in happier times who have either awaited death resolutely or sought it voluntarily, and sought it not only to flee the ills of this life, but some simply to flee satiety with living and others for the hope of a better condition elsewhere, I should never have done.

— Essays

And on the days on which she happened to be once more kind and affectionate towards him, had shown him some thoughtful attention, he recorded these deceptive signs of a chance of feeling on her part with the fond and skeptical solicitude, the desperate joy of people who, nursing a friend in the last days of an incurable illness, relate as facts of infinitely precious insignificance: “Yesterday he went through his accounts himself, and actually corrected a mistake we had made in adding them up; he ate and egg today and seemed quite to enjoy it, and if he digests it properly we shall try him with a cutlet tomorrow”—although they themselves know that these things are meaningless on the eve of an inevitable death.

— In Search of Lost Time

Even in town, people talked of his death for a long time.

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

For, although those who had gathered around him that evening knew that death was near, they never thought it would be so sudden.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I look at her sadly, and remind her that I have already mentioned the death of my poor Parvati, which was not a natural death … slowly Padma uncoils, as I continue: ‘Women have made me; and also unmade.

— Midnight's Children

But the truth was that in the depths of his morbid condition he feared death itself no more than such a recovery, which would in fact amount to the death of all that he was now.

— In Search of Lost Time

And (why not?) in Aadam Aziz’s dreams she saw her husband walking mournfully up a mountain in Kashmir with a hole in his stomach the size of a fist, and guessed that he was falling out of love with her, and also foresaw his death; so that years later, when she heard, she said only, ‘Oh, I knew it, after all.’

— Midnight's Children

My mother and my uncle Toby expected my father would be the death of Obadiah—and that there never would be an end of the disaster.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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

— The Man Without Qualities

Her death, after all, was not a tragedy for anyone, even her daughter!

— A Sentimental Education

His equivocations with himself about the death of Raffles had sustained the conception of an Omnicisence whom he prayed to, yet he had a terror upon him which could not let him expose them to judgment by a full confession to his wife: the acts which he had washed and diluted with inward argument and motive, and for which it seemed comparatively easy to win invisible pardon—what name would she call them by?

— Middlemarch

His heart fluttered, although he did not understand what they meant, but in any case it was the language of death.

— Children of Gebelawi

And then, at last, she sees it is her lover,

And screams, beating her breast, tearing her hair,

And takes him in her arms and bathes the wound

With gushing tears that mingle with his blood,

And prints her kisses on his death-cold lips,

Crying “My Pyramus, oh, what mischance

Has reft you from me?

— Metamorphoses

He tried to reduce his brother’s guilt by admitting to me that he himself disliked his father and that he, too, probably wished for his death.

— The Brothers Karamazov

For only in possessing this woman had Eugène realized that, till then, he had simply desired rather than loved her: happiness had created love, since love is sometimes nothing more than the acknowledgement of pleasure.

— Père Goriot

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