love
money
death
love

There were many things that made us hate each other, Katya, but I swear to you, I loved you while I hated you, but you did not love me!

— The Brothers Karamazov

‘Janet is just going to sleep and she sends her love,’ she said loudly into the instrument; and Molly replied, playing her part: ‘Send my love to Janet and say she must go to sleep at once.’

— The Golden Notebook

‘All right,’ they said, and cleared out to lay for their uncles, and give them the love and the kisses, and tell them the message.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

He made love to her.

— The Golden Notebook

Platonic Love

— The Red and the Black

Too young to understand that, sometimes, a woman’s flirting is a good deal kinder than her cold and unsatisfying love, he fell into frequent blind rages.

— Père Goriot

Do not be avaricious, do not love gold and silver.

— The Brothers Karamazov

While still her fiancé, he had been struck by the definitiveness with which she had renounced going abroad and decided to go to the country, as if she knew something necessary and, besides her love, could still think of extraneous things.

— Anna Karenina

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

I love you, Léon, hear, I love you …

— Journey to the End of the Night

‘He does’t love me!’ she said to herself as she gazed into the glass, contemplating her face, which had become even sharper and more pointed in the last few days.

— The Man Without Qualities

He whispers into her hair, he’s forgotten all about Reinhold: ‘Are you in love with him then?’

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

He made the resolution with a sense of heroism—heroism forced on him by the dread of breaking his word to Mr. Garth, by his love for Mary and awe of her opinion.

— Middlemarch

Feelings, love, I keep for my family only.

— Midnight's Children

Ah, Mitya, Mitya, how could I ever have imagined that I could love that other one after having loved you!

— The Brothers Karamazov

“You really love me?” she said.

— Père Goriot

I should have replied that Love was commonly reputed blind, but for the reason that I always was restrained—and this was not the least of my miseries—by a feeling that it was ungenerous to press myself upon her, when she knew that she could not choose but obey Miss Havisham.

— Great Expectations

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

Though of course he wanted to call it Forbidden Love. 

— The Golden Notebook

For easily though she might have said at some moment of intimacy when stories of great passion, of love foiled, of ambition thwarted came her way how she too had known or felt or been through it herself, she never spoke.

— To the Lighthouse

Best love from your Poet, and best regards to the Governor.

— Lolita

You don’t love your mother.

— Anna Karenina

Mrs Morel thought to herself:

“Yes, poor fellow, his young wife is dead; that is why he makes his love into the Holy Ghost.”

— Sons and Lovers

Well, we’ll fight then, but I’ll love her, love her no end…

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

Adham was a husband full of love and consideration.

— Children of Gebelawi

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

“Is it possible that my rival has never returned his love!”

— The Red and the Black

“That’s a father’s love for you!” Julien kept repeating, heartsick, when he was finally alone.

— The Red and the Black

‘The man who is not sensual, has learned love-making out of a book, probably called How to Satisfy Your Wife.

— The Golden Notebook

To you, my sweet son, because you love me.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Never mind, my love.

— Sons and Lovers

What do I love?

— Anna Karenina
money

With the money you’ll have, and the brain you’ve already got, you’ll pile up just as big a fortune as you want.

— Père Goriot

His lawyer said he reckoned he would win his lawsuit and get the money, if they ever got started on the trial; but then there was ways to put it off a long time, and Judge Thatcher knowed how to do it.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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

— Middlemarch

Saladin, whose worth was so great that it raised him from humble beginnings to the sultanate of Egypt and brought him many victories over Saracen and Christian kings, had expended the whole of his treasure in various wars and extraordinary acts of munificence, when a certain situation arose for which he required a vast sum of money.

— The Decameron

And when asked about the three thousand rubles she had given Mitya to send to her relatives in Moscow, she said that she had not asked him to send the money right away, but, that, being aware that he needed money, she had given it to him, telling him that he could send it off any time within a month…

— The Brothers Karamazov

Indeed, instead of paying it back to him, he apparently decides to use that money to seduce the woman his son loves.

— The Brothers Karamazov

He certainly would have, because he knew the money was there, since it was put there in his presence.

— The Brothers Karamazov

You see, he’s trying to guard me from her, as though I’d leave him some money in my will if I didn’t marry her!

— The Brothers Karamazov

Only James says it was to hinder Mr. Ladislaw from wanting to marry you for your money—just as if he ever would think of making you an offer.

— Middlemarch

Now it was, ‘Your son needs so-and-so,’ or ‘Janum, you must give money for such-and-such.’

— Midnight's Children

‘That was a trivial matter,’ said the friar, ‘and you did well to dispose of the money as you did.’

— The Decameron

He must tell that he had not known of Raffle’s existence when he first mentioned his pressing need of money to Bulstrode, and that he took the money innocently as a result of that communication, not knowing that a new motive for the loan might have arisen on his being called into this man.

— Middlemarch

A friend and comrade is likely to betray you, or at least let you down when you’re in distress, while money will never let you down whatever your trouble.

— Dead Souls

He did not care himself about spending money, and was not reluctant to give it.

— 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

When he received Count Leisdorf’s inaugural letter, he went to the looking-glass—naturally enough, though not for that reason—and saw looking out at him, surmounting the tail-coat and the order-ribbons, the well-organised face of a bourgeois minister, in which all that remained of money’s hardness was, at the most, a trace of something far back in the eyes, and his fingers hung down from his hands like flags on a windless day, as though they had never in their life had to carry out the hasty movements with which a junior bank-clerk counts his cash.

— The Man Without Qualities

“This so-called Vautrin,” the detective went on, “handles all the convicts’ money, and invests it, and takes care of it, using it also for anyone else who manages to escape, or their families (when that is they have so instructed him to dispose of it, at need), or their mistresses, for whose benefit also they sometimes draw on him, as on a bank.”

— Père Goriot

“Count your money,” laughed Paul, as she broke the flat seeds one by one from the roll of coin.

— Sons and Lovers

We’ll soon be rolling in money, and we can do all we said.

— Zorba the Greek

Bloodshed won’t show where the lost money is.

— Children of Gebelawi

“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

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

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

— The Golden Notebook

Will had given a disinterested attention to an intended settlement on a new plan in the Far West, and the need for funds in order to carry out a good design had set him on debating with himself whether it would not be a laudable use to make of his claim on Bulstrode, to urge the application of that money which had been offered to himself as a means of carrying out a scheme likely to be largely beneficial.

— Middlemarch

“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

Then that money, her money, had been to prevent the departure of that other woman, in order to hang on to his mistress!

— A Sentimental Education

“Just a moment,” Ivan said, “do you realize that if he had killed him, he’d have taken the money too.

— The Brothers Karamazov

But Fred gives me his honor that he has never borrowed money on the pretence of any understanding about his uncle’s land.

— Middlemarch

And so rich people like to stress at every opportunity that money makes no difference to the value of a human being; and by this they mean to say that they too would amount to as much without money as they do now, and they are always hurt if someone misunderstands them.

— The Man Without Qualities

I know you’ve not got any money but would it really be too much of a chore for you to find him a job, either through Monsieur Dambreuse or Arnoux?

— A Sentimental Education

“Arguments about money?”

— The Brothers Karamazov

I’ll pay back the money I have stolen.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Children get food shelter pocket-money longholidays and love, all of it apparently free gratis, and most of the little fools think it’s a sort of compensation for having been born.

— Midnight's Children
death

He could not think of it because, when he imagined what was to be, he could not rid himself of the thought that death would resolve at a stroke all the difficulty of his situation.

— Anna Karenina

He told them that Ann Hammond and Sheila Greenwood were girls who were seeking death by every means and that they would have committed suicide whether they had met Mustafa Sa’eed or not.

— Season of Migration to the North

The Trustee said in a voice as cold as death:

‘There’s no escape Arafa.

— Children of Gebelawi

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

I am game for his crooked jaw, and for the jaws of Death too, Captain Ahab, if it fairly comes in the way of the business we follow; but I came here to hunt whales, not my commander’s vengeance.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

And when they burn the body of their deceased king, all his wives and concubines, his favorites and all sorts of officers and servants—a whole nation in themselves—run so blithely to this fire to throw themselves in it with their master, that they seem to take honor in being companions of his death.

— Essays

How often, feeling myself despondent and near death, have I sought refuge with you, the road, and how generously you have rescued and saved me on each occasion!

— Dead Souls

But would they have sent it back immediately upon her death?

— The Sound of the Mountain

But then the manifestation of death is just as terrifying in an important or in an insignificant person; he who just yesterday had been walking about, playing cards, signing papers, who had so often been seen in the company of officials with his bushy eyebrows and winking eye, was now stretched out on a table.

— Dead Souls

Still, I’ve kept my soul in one place up to now, and if death were to come and take me tomorrow, I’m sure I wouldn’t be quite as cold, as ugly, as heavy as other men, and it’s thanks to the kindness and the dream that Molly gave me during my few months in America.

— Journey to the End of the Night

There is an exhaustion that is like living death.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

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

— The Brothers Karamazov

I remember his death as a grave silence during the first meals we ate after learning about it.

— The Book of Disquiet

On the contrary, he felt a cold certainty at his heart that Raffles—unless providence sent death to hinder him—would come back to Middlemarch before long.

— Middlemarch

He was caught, tried, and sentenced to death.

— The Brothers Karamazov

And so death will be threatened with death.

— Children of Gebelawi

Another death in those days was that of Maria, the girl Ace called Mariulina generally known to the comrades as the redhead.

— History

He and Miss Rosa lived in the back of the house, with the front door locked and the front shutters closed and fastened, and where, so the neighbors said, he spent the day behind one of the slightly opened blinds like a picquet on post, armed not with a musket but with the big family bible in which his and his sister’s birth and his marriage and Ellen’s birth and marriage and the birth of his two grandchildren and of Miss Rosa, and his wife’s death (but not the marriage of the aunt; it was Miss Rosa who entered that, along with Ellen’s death, on the day when she entered Mr Coldfield’s own and Charles Bon’s and even Sutpen’s) had been duly entered in his neat clerk’s hand, until a detachment of troops would pass: whereupon he would open the bible and declaim in a harsh loud voice even above the sound of the tramping feet, the passages of the old violent vindictive mysticism which he had already marked as the actual picquet would have ranged his row of cartridges along the window sill.

— Absalom, Absalom!

No, no—no water for that; I want it of the true death-temper.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

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

The emperor had lost hold on the City, where he could no longer maintain himself except by resort to executions, which in turn hastened his own end; the whole army joined in plotting his death.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

“Well, it seems to me,” said Bianchon, “that when Mademoiselle Michonneau was talking about someone called Death-Dodger, the other day, she used a name that fits you like a glove.”

— Père Goriot

The unexpected death of Lehita had a powerful effect, bringing new hope to one side, desperation to the other.

— Children of Gebelawi

Among the Jansenists, he made the acquaintance of a Count Altamira, who was almost six feet tall, a Liberal condemned to death in his own country, and a religious man.

— The Red and the Black

Would they club them to death?

— Children of Gebelawi

Death to cuties who stir up calamity!

— Journey to the End of the Night

Levin had come across the articles they were discussing in magazines, and had read them, being interested in them as a development of the bases of natural science, familiar to him from his studies at the university, but he had never brought together these scientific conclusions about the animal origin of man, about reflexes, biology and sociology, with those questions about the meaning of life and death which lately had been coming more and more often to his mind.

— Anna Karenina

In my isolation, searching for a way to punish man’s universal egoism, it’s true that I was jerking off my imagination, looking for punishment everywhere, even in death.

— Journey to the End of the Night

He had such a pleasant death.

— The Sound of the Mountain

Even if disease, old age, and death happened to place their simulacra along his way, he didn’t notice them.

— History

He did not consider himself wise, but he could not help knowing that he was more intelligent than his wife or Agafya Mikhailovna, and he could not help knowing that when he thought about death, he thought about it with all the forces of his soul.

— Anna Karenina

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

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

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