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love

Although love is a sexual instinct, it’s not with sexual instinct that we love but with the conjecture of some other feeling.

— The Book of Disquiet

He was quite prudish at times, more so than Mama, who saw no problem with my witnessing the conclusion to their hour of love, of whose legitimacy, it appears, she always remained convinced.

— The Tin Drum

Love redeems and saves everything.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Nor was his pallor’s cause

The moon’s round orb nearing the earth to mar

His light: that pale complexion came from love.

— Metamorphoses

His feeling for Mrs Dawes—who moreover was a married woman—was shallow and temporal, compared with his love for herself.

— Sons and Lovers

The old woman brings her something from the wing every once in a while, for the love of Christ.

— Demons

This time, however, Ahmed Sinai was spending his money cautiously; this time he remained hidden in the background, and his name appeared on no documents; this time, he had learned the lessons of the freeze and was determined to draw as little attention to himself as possible; so that when Dr Narlikar betrayed him by dying, leaving behind him no record of my father’s involvement in the tetrapod scheme, Ahmed Sinai (who was prone, as we have seen, to react badly in the face of disaster) was swallowed up by the mouth of a long, snaking decline from which he would not emerge until, at the very end of his days, he at last fell in love with his wife.

— Midnight's Children

You’ll talk reason to him and explain to him that you love another man, that you’ve loved that other man for a long time, and that now he has asked you to marry him…

— The Brothers Karamazov

At the moment I knew my love was as hopeless as ever — and I also knew the two girls were conspirators, plotting in Basque, or Zemfirian, against my hopeless love.

— Lolita

It cannot be said with certainty whether love had come to our hero.

— Dead Souls

If you love me, if I… but I do love you, so why shrink from such insignificant debts?

— Père Goriot

She was bewildered by this insistent association of love with questions that to the best of her knowledge had never yet had anything to do with love.

— The Man Without Qualities

There might be lovers whose gift it was to choose out the elements of things and place them together and so, giving them a wholeness not theirs in life, make of some scene, or meeting of people (all now gone and separate), one of those globed compacted things over which thought lingers, and love plays.

— To the Lighthouse

He was, in fact, obliged to the love he had inspired, and to the unexpected impression her seductive charms had made on him, for a conquest that all his clumsy maneuvering could never have brought off.

— The Red and the Black

Konstantin Levin felt that it only remained for him to submit or to confess to a lack of love for the common cause.

— Anna Karenina

What does he understand about the love for children, about my love for Seryozha, whom I have sacrificed for him?

— Anna Karenina

Now as widow Wadman did love my uncle Toby——and my uncle Toby did not love widow Wadman, there was nothing for Wadman to do, but to go on and love my uncle Toby——or let it alone.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Madame Dambreuse had given herself largely out of boredom; but it was her last try, it mustn’t be wasted; she wanted love with a capital L.

— A Sentimental Education

They had seen “that woman who spelled the doom of Fyodor Karamazov and his unhappy son,” and they were quite puzzled to know “how such a plain, or in any case, by no means beautiful, low-class woman could have inspired such violent love in both the father and the son.”

— The Brothers Karamazov

“Could I be in love with Julien?” she asked herself eventually.

— The Red and the Black

A woman who has fallen in love, against her will.

— The Golden Notebook

But later, when the photographer in his earthly imperfection had long ceased to cast any spell on her, it was rather as though the imperfect substance of her love for him had also mouldered away, leaving as its residue the eternal form of love and enthusiasm; at a far remove that experience had an effect scarcely different from that of a really tremendous experience.

— The Man Without Qualities

I’ll love the God of Love

If all my mental anguish

Stems from nothing but this lady

And her almond eyes.

— The Recognition of Śakuntalā

Among all the modes by which love is brought into being, among all the agents which disseminate that blessed bane, there are few so efficacious as this gust of feverish agitation that sweeps over us from time to time.

— In Search of Lost Time

Whilst the talk of the ladies was proceeding along these lines, there came into the church three young men, in whom neither the horrors of the times nor the loss of friends or relatives nor concern for their own safety had dampened the flames of love, much less extinguished them completely.

— The Decameron

People form themselves into groups because obedience to orders enables them to do everything they have long been incapable of doing out of personal conviction, and the hostility that exists between these groups provides them with the wide-awake, never resting reciprocity, the action and counteraction, of vendetta, whereas a general state of mutual love would very soon put them all to sleep.

— The Man Without Qualities

Her son — in whose turbulent thoughts there was still room for one more obsession, because a ten-year-old brain can accommodate any number of fixations — followed her into the north of the city, and spied on a pain-filled scene of impotent love.

— Midnight's Children

It looked like feeling my scar and my bump had made her drunk with love all of a sudden!

— Journey to the End of the Night

But understand, there are two women: one insists only on her rights, and these rights are your love, which you cannot give her; and the other sacrifices everything for you and demands nothing.

— Anna Karenina

Ellen did not once mention love between Judith and Bon.

— Absalom, Absalom!

The night was overflowing with love.

— Zorba the Greek

‘I’m in love with you?’

— To the Lighthouse

“And I,” she cried out, rising and taking Julien’s head between her hands and holding it at a distance before her eyes, “and I, shall I love you like a brother?

— The Red and the Black
money

“I need a little money.”

— Pedro Páramo

I didn’t understand her at all then: I thought she wouldn’t come with me unless I had some money, that she would never accept me penniless.

— The Brothers Karamazov

I couldn’t run away if I didn’t have any money.

— The Sound of the Mountain

It must be said that anyone could think of many good reasons for Dmitry’s drawn and haggard features; everyone had heard of the irregular and dissipated life he had been leading, particularly of late, and they also knew how upset and irritated he was by his arguments with his father over money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

They did not even try to conceal from him that they suspected him of sewing money into his clothes.

— The Brothers Karamazov

When he had hold of the envelope, which he had never seen before, he tore it open to see whether the money was really there, and then rushed off with the money stuffed in his pockets, without giving a thought to the torn envelope.

— The Brothers Karamazov

He was the only son of a renowned Jew, notorious for the wealth he had acquired by lending money to kings to make war on their peoples.

— The Red and the Black

Not a bad start for a fellow like him without money or position.

— The Brothers Karamazov

It stands to reason that he hated the thought of where the money was to go, a sum that would have been enough to change his own future.

— The Brothers Karamazov

After pocketing the money, the good man made me wait, raised objections; I thought he meant to cheat me….”

— The Red and the Black

You’ll cook up something to get the money back.

— Père Goriot

So I’ll wait for you three or four or five or six hours or even seven hours, but I want you to know that today, even if it’s at midnight, you must go to Katerina’s, with or without the money, and tell her that I send her my best regards.

— The Brothers Karamazov

You suffered a deep trauma when your family took your flirtation with communism seriously; as a result of which you can never enjoy money.

— The Golden Notebook

I’m not a slave to money: money is my slave.

— Zorba the Greek

For members of the intelligentsia curiously enough often have no money, but only projects and talent, yet they feel themselves not in the slightest diminished in value as a result, and nothing seems to them more obvious than to ask a rich friend, to whom money does not matter, to support them, for some good purpose or other, out of his superfluity.

— The Man Without Qualities

The synagogues of the great Syrian cities proved undecided or lukewarm, the most ardent among them contenting themselves with sending money in secret to the Zealots; the Jewish population of Alexandria, though naturally so turbulent, remained calm; the abscess in Jewish affairs remained local, confined within the arid region which extends from Jordan to the sea; this ailing finger could safely be cauterized, or amputated.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

From that there hut and that there hiring-out, I got money left me by my master (which died, and had been the same as me), and got my liberty and went for myself.

— Great Expectations

Brother Toby, replied my father, altering his tone, you care not what money you dissipate and throw away, provided, continued he, ’tis but upon a SIEGE.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

And, by giving her as little money as possible, by drinking much and going out with men who brutalised him and his idea of women, he paid her back.

— Sons and Lovers

Vautrin’s words, no matter how cynical, had lodged every bit as deep in his heart as, in some ancient virgin’s memory, there lies an image of some old saleslady’s wretched face, cackling, “Oh, you’ll have money and love to spare!”

— Père Goriot

His brother told him that he would have to borrow money, because there would be many expenses, presents …

— Anna Karenina

He had a very distinct and intense vision of his chief good, the vigorous greed which he had inherited having taken a special form by dint of circumstance: and his chief good was to be a money-changer.

— Middlemarch

How do you come to have this money, if, indeed, it is the same money?

— The Brothers Karamazov

I tucked the money-bag in under the lid, just down beyond where his hands was crossed, which made me creep, they was so cold, and then I run back across the room and in behind the door.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Can money be eaten!?

— History

In brief, he struck such terror into him, that the poor man arranged for certain go-betweens to grease the friar’s palm with a goodly amount of Saint John Golden-Mouth’s ointment (a highly effective remedy against the disease of galloping greed among the clergy, and especially among Franciscans, who look upon money with distaste), so that the inquisitor would deal leniently with him.

— The Decameron

And Franz wants to get up and about, he eats and drinks what he’s given, and he doesn’t ask where they get the money from.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

But the group of businessmen or money-people hadn’t noticed.

— The Golden Notebook

You consider it, undoubtedly, a handsome sum of money.

— Great Expectations

Just think of your money wasted!

— Sons and Lovers

Where do we find the money?

— Père Goriot

Now Mitzi is not slow, and she knows what Herbert said Franz is about, and she says: no, earning money for the sake of it, no, that’s not something he has to do, there are people who will help him out.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

No money, no friends.

— The Golden Notebook
death

After their mother’s death, the fate of the two little boys was a repetition of their older brother Mitya’s.

— The Brothers Karamazov

The palace is a home for bereaved women now; they, understanding that their true lives ended with the death of their husbands, but no longer permitted to seek the release of sati, come to the holy city to pass their worthless days in heartfelt ululations.

— Midnight's Children

Such a conclusion is an excellent argument in favour of the utility of death, but at the same time it inspires certain doubts as to death’s total efficacity.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

Trim took his off the ground,—put it upon his head,—and then went on with his oration upon death, in manner and form following.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

At a meeting of the Reichstag in Berlin, Hitler (who has already assumed personal command of the army) receives official confirmation of absolute power, with the right to decide the life and death of every German citizen.

— History

This drama of death was on such a small scale that the pit, the ant-eater and the ant could have been accommodated comfortably on a small finger-nail—Maryrose’s pink little finger-nail for instance.

— The Golden Notebook

My vengeance is my guilt:

Death must be paid with death, crime piled on crime,

Bloodshed on bloodshed.

— Metamorphoses

Frédéric continued to wait, with death in his soul.

— A Sentimental Education

I offered Schmuh’s death as an excuse, I’d been so close to Schmuh, I just couldn’t go to work for someone else before I’d even left the cemetery, I needed time to think things over, perhaps take a little trip, and after that I’d look him up, Herr Dr Dösch, and perhaps then I’d sign the piece of paper he called a work contract.

— The Tin Drum

With death?

— The Book of Disquiet

The wings of mystic time beat down on us then, white with snowflakes, time that would whirl us all after our Rosies to death and the frame-house funeral.

— The Golden Notebook

In a corner, far from the circulating crowd, she caught sight of Count Altamira, a man condemned to death in his own country, and with whom the reader is already acquainted.

— The Red and the Black

After the death of Ekwefi’s second child, Okonkwo had gone to a medicine man, who was also a diviner of the Afa Oracle, to inquire what was amiss.

— Things Fall Apart

When the chief once more beholds her Lying on the silent bier, He bends down to see her better, She still lives, Death is not near. 

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

And nothing is less worthy of a thinking man than to see death as a slumber.

— The Book of Disquiet

Suddenly the words of my brother Markel came back to me, the words he had spoken before his death, when he had asked the servants why they were so kind to him and waited on him, and had wondered if he deserved their services.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Voice of death resounding

Around the Guadalquivir,

Old voices closing around

The voice of the male carnation.

— Gypsy Ballads

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

— The Red and the Black

‘And so I swear it is Death,’ said he, putting his pipe back in his mouth, ‘and Death by the rope, in the open street not fur from this, and it’s serious that you should fully understand it to be so.

— Great Expectations

Every man of them it slew,

With fang that struck or coil that crushed or breath

That dealt a putrid blast of poisoned death.

— Metamorphoses

Now my father being entirely a water-drinker,—was a long time gravelled almost to death, in turning this as much to his advantage, as he did every other thing, which the ancients did or said; and it was not till the seventh year of his marriage, after a thousand fruitless experiments and devices, that he hit upon an expedient which answered the purpose;——and that was when any difficult and momentous point was to be settled in the family, which required great sobriety, and great spirit too, in its determination,——he fixed and set apart the first Sunday night in the month, and the Saturday night which immediately preceded it, to argue it over, in bed with my mother: By which contrivance, if you consider, Sir, with yourself,  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

You people of our alley, you are not alive; life will never be granted to you as long as you fear death.

— Children of Gebelawi

On the green grass

He drooped his weary head, and those bright eyes

That loved their master’s beauty closed in death.

— Metamorphoses

There is a reaper, Death yclept, I must go up on the hills and weep and wail and lament with the herds in the desert, because they are so ravaged that none wander there, both the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field are gone.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

And it is here, in that interval between the disembarkation of the invalid and the moment of his death, that occurs one of those series of events which will for ever be impossible for me to reconstruct, and upon which nevertheless my destiny has been built.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

He was drinking himself to death, so Jimmy said; but I think this was put in simply to round off the picture; because he would also show us poems written by the old man; and he was probably secretly very proud of him.

— The Golden Notebook

All the roughness and grandeur of his character, his Roman virtue, had left him; death loomed at him from a greater height, and seemed less easy.

— The Red and the Black

The struggle goes on against brutal misuse of judiciary power: I have had to reprimand the governor of Cilicia who took it into his head to execute under torture the cattle thieves in his province, as if simple death were not enough to punish a man and dispose of him.

— Memoirs of Hadrian

The leaping blade lodged in its owner’s throat,

Yet not a blow of power enough to cause

His death.

— Metamorphoses

The yet levelled musket shook like a drunkard’s arm against the panel; Starbuck seemed wrestling with an angel; but turning from the door, he placed the death-tube in its rack, and left the place.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

He’s still a young man and he needs a watch to impress his fiancée….Or better still, I’ll leave it to him in my will, then he’ll remember me after my death.

— Dead Souls

The prosecutor then rose and, very gravely and with what struck me as real emotion in his voice, his finger pointing at me, said slowly and distinctly, “Gentlemen of the jury, the day after his mother’s death, this man was out swimming, starting up a dubious liaison, and going to the movies, a comedy, for laughs.”

— The Stranger

Perhaps she saw in her father’s death, in the resulting necessity upon her as not only an orphan but a pauper, to turn to her next of kin for food and shelter and protection—and this kin the niece whom she had been asked to save—; perhaps she saw in this fate itself supplying her with the opportunity to observe her sister’s dying request.

— Absalom, Absalom!