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love

“This is the man of parts made shy by love!”

— The Red and the Black

It takes hard work and a long apprenticeship, for it is not just for a moment that we must learn to love, but forever.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Neptune she drew, changed to savage bull

For love of Canace; and Neptune too

Sired, as Enipeus, the Aloidae;

Bisaltes’ child he cheated as a ram;

The corn’s most gracious mother, golden-haired,

Suffered him as a horse, and, as a bird,

The snake-tressed mother of the flying steed;

And poor Melantho knew him as a dolphin.

— Metamorphoses

Although he was an old man approaching seventy, and the natural warmth had almost entirely departed from his body, his heart was so noble that he was not averse to welcoming the flames of love.

— The Decameron

I still believed in something, love for a woman and all that, some pile of dumb things like the ones you’re going to fall into.

— Père Goriot

When Ella first made love with Paul, during the first few months, what set the seal on the fact she loved him, and made it possible for her to use the word, was that she immediately experienced orgasm.

— The Golden Notebook

You will ask yourself: “Must I combat it by force or try to overcome it by humble love?”

— The Brothers Karamazov

If she tears your heart to pieces—and as it gets older and stronger it will tear deeper—love her, love her!

— Great Expectations

I love it.

— Sons and Lovers

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

— Anna Karenina

‘Mon amour,’ this epic ended, ‘Mon amour, I did not know when I ran away from you that I was flying from true love.’

— The Golden Notebook

Not daring to tell himself, lest he should doubt the truth of the suggestion, that he would always love Odette, at least in supposing that he would go on visiting the Verdurins (a proposition which, a priori, raised fewer fundamental objections on the part of his intelligence) he saw himself in the future continuing to meet Odette every evening; that did not, perhaps, come quite to the same thing as loving her for ever, but for the moment, while he loved her, to feel that he would not eventually cease to see her was all he asked.

— In Search of Lost Time

Besides, she was almost certain that she was in love with him.

— Anna Karenina

In one such moment she recollected that even in his day the great Dostoievsky had established the connection between love, imbecility and inner holiness; but, for all that, people of today, who did not have his devout Russia at their backs, doubtless had need of a preliminary and special redemption if they were to put the idea into practice.

— The Man Without Qualities

Command me love:

Will moist air, stirred by the fans of lotus fronds

Suffice to cool and refresh you?

— The Recognition of Śakuntalā

How should I love him?

— Anna Karenina

All the same, the result was that crime, love and melancholy had fused in her to form one circuit of ideas, one that was highly dangerous.

— The Man Without Qualities

What all the Pums boys look like, that by itself buys snogging rights, she is and remains Franz’s bird, it’s gotten late, it was on a night like this that the boys threw Franz out of the car, and now he’s going to get his own back, he’ll know who it was all right, and they’re all terrified of him, why else would Reinhold have agreed to go up, he’s a cheekie chappie all right, my Franz is a golden boy, I could kiss the plumber to death, oh, I love Franz so, yes, go on, snog me, I’ll swallow your tongue, Jesus, where’s he going, we’ll both end up in the ditch, hurrah, it was so lovely the evening with your mob, do I go right or left, drive, just drive, you’re a sweet thing, you know, Mitzi, like the taste do you, sugar, then you should take me out more regularly, whoopsie, the idiot, he must have had a skinful, he’ll drive us into the river.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

The motif of Ella’s maternal love for Michael.

— The Golden Notebook

“And yet you love her?”

— Sons and Lovers

I love him.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Much as she tried, she could not love this girl, nor could she pretend to love her.

— Anna Karenina

And if you are such, how could anyone love you, for you are not even a person, a clearly defined entity, imperfect but at least perfectible.

— In Search of Lost Time

When she saw she wasn’t getting anywhere with threats, she came back at him in a different way, with love talk, while we were all waiting.

— Journey to the End of the Night

So it was that in frantic haste he set about persuading himself of all there is nowadays in the way of general reasons for acting without sincerity, or faith, or scruple, or satisfaction; and in utterly abandoning himself to this he found–not, it is true, the rapture of love–but a half-crazed rapture reminiscent of a massacre, of sex-maniacal homicide or, if there can be such a thing, sex-maniacal suicide, a state of being seized and rapt away by the dæmons of the void, who have their habitation behind all the painted scenery of life.

— The Man Without Qualities

At my age, where can a beautiful, witty girl find excitement if not in love?

— The Red and the Black

I’m in love and so time has gone.

— The Golden Notebook

My uncle advised Swann not to see Odette for some days, after which she would love him all the more, and advised Odette to let Swann meet her whenever and as often as he pleased.

— In Search of Lost Time

——In Trim’s case there was a concurrence of nothing in the world, but of him and Bridget in the kitchen;——though in truth, the love and veneration he bore his master was such, and so fond was he of imitating him in all he did, that had my uncle Toby employed his time and genius in tagging of points,——I am persuaded the honest corporal would have laid down his arms, and followed his example with pleasure.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

“She”—he tried to ask himself what that meant; for it is a point of resemblance between love and death, far more striking than those which are usually pointed out, that they make us probe deeper, in the fear that its reality may elude us, into the mystery of personality.

— In Search of Lost Time

He falls in love with a local girl from the village.

— The Golden Notebook

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

“And this is a woman in love!” thought Julien.

— The Red and the Black
money

I ain’t as rich as old Jim Hornback, and I can’t be so blame’ generous and good to Tom, Dick and Harry as what he is, and slam around money the way he does; but I’ve told him many a time ’t I wouldn’t trade places with him; for, says I, a sailor’s life’s the life for me, and I’m derned if I’d live two mile out o’ town, where there ain’t nothing ever goin’ on, not for all his spondulicks and as much more on top of it.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The second instalment of the merchant’s money for the wood had been received and was not yet all spent, Dolly had been very sweet and kind lately, and the thought of the dinner gladdened Stepan Arkadyich in all respects.

— Anna Karenina

But if I have to earn money, I can always be a teacher.

— The Golden Notebook

I should have kept quiet about money then, but somehow I wrote it without realizing what it would mean to her at first.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Sold him?’ I says, and begun to cry; ‘why he was my nigger, and that was my money.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

‘But you only hate them because of the money they take from the estate, not because of their wickedness,’ thought Arafa.

— Children of Gebelawi

And how soon could I get another buyer, for I need the money badly, right away!

— The Brothers Karamazov

“Lord strike me dead!” I says each time—and I goes out in the open air to say it under the open heavens—“but wot, if I gets liberty and money, I’ll make that boy a gentleman!”

— Great Expectations

Wildly he declared that before Arnheim returned he was going to draw a large sum of money out of the bank with his master’s cheque-book—for in matters of money the crazy little devil had rather unchildlike ideas—and flee with Rachel; but first of all he must get hold of his documents.

— The Man Without Qualities

We know medicine has now practically reached the stage of being able to prevent most of such crimes, if only we were prepared to spend the necessary amount of money.

— The Man Without Qualities

She loved him a thousand times better than life, would have loved him had he been ungrateful and untrue, even if he had belonged to the opposite party, the Bonapartists … and her money meant nothing to her.

— The Red and the Black

That I should innocently take a bad half-crown of somebody else’s manufacture, is reasonable enough; but that I should knowingly reckon the spurious coin of my own make, as good money!

— Great Expectations

I have no idea of your relations with her, but since you tell me so positively that she gave you the money, she must have given it to you…

— The Brothers Karamazov

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

— Middlemarch

The pawnshop receipt’s under the money.

— Père Goriot

He had set up and printed off two little jobs for farmers, in that printing office—horse bills—and took the money, four dollars.

— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

He understands money and theatricals, nothing else.

— Journey to the End of the Night

The prosecutor seemed to be very satisfied with his own piece of fiction about the accused being a weak-willed man who so shamefully accepted the three thousand rubles offered him, under such humiliating circumstances, by his fiancée, a man too spineless to keep the money sewn in that little bag of his, a man who, even if he had sewn the money up in that bag originally, would have been unsewing it every second day to fish out one hundred-ruble bill after another, until after a month or so, he had gone through the whole sum.

— The Brothers Karamazov

Money turns everything into a mere concept.

— The Man Without Qualities

I want money, money makes money, a man needs money.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

And apart from this, having pocketed the money, he kept him for several days under open arrest, ordering him by way of penance to attend mass every morning in Santa Croce and report to him every day at the hour of breakfast, after which he was free to do as he pleased for the rest of the day.

— The Decameron

But now suppose you loved a woman, loved her to desperation, and she didn’t have the money she needed, lots of money for her clothes, for her carriage–for everything she’s always dreamed about?

— Père Goriot

But they don’t come up with anything, we’ve got to the happy end now, Herbert is a pimp as well, the boys have all got these golden girls, they blame them for everything, they claim to have got all their money off them.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Look of slight shock—my tone was one of being only interested in money.

— The Golden Notebook

The cashier finished counting off the money, the boy dragged the whole down the counter to Mr Winterbottom, to whom the stoppages for rent, and tools, must be paid.

— Sons and Lovers

Chazel and others among the most distinguished seminarists made advances to him, and as much as complained to him for not informing them about his parents’ wealth and thus exposing them to a lack of respect for money.

— The Red and the Black

Like many a plucked idle young gentleman, he was thoroughly in love, and with a plain girl who had no money!

— Middlemarch

“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

He wants to take out the banknotes, and tempt Franz by the colour of the money.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

But I know he hasn’t got any money.

— The Brothers Karamazov

No, not that so much, really, as to give a little money to his mother.

— The Sound of the Mountain

Then again it was a continually repeated shock, disturbing Lydgate’s esteem, that the Vicar should obviously play for the sake of money, liking the play indeed, but evidently liking some end which it served.

— Middlemarch

But on this side too there was a cheering sense of money; for Mrs. Vincy’s sister had been second wife to rich old Mr. Featherstone, and had died childless years ago, so that her nephews and nieces might be supposed to touch the affections of the widower.

— Middlemarch
death

Where was the Arafa she had loved, the Arafa who had defied Santoury to marry her, who had risked death several times for the sake of the alley, until she had begun to think he was one of the storytellers’ heroes?

— Children of Gebelawi

‘No, no,’ she began, ‘I’m not afraid of him, I’m afraid of death.

— Anna Karenina

Death Valley.

— Lolita

—Or for example, as cleverly as our government has been turning upon its hinges,——(that is, in case things have all along gone well with your worship,—otherwise I give up my simile)—in this case, I say, there had been no danger either to master or man, in corporal Trim’s peeping in: the moment, he had beheld my father and my uncle Toby fast asleep,——the respectfulness of his carriage was such, he would have retired as silent as death, and left them both in their arm-chairs, dreaming as happy as he had found them: but the thing was morally speaking so very impracticable, that for the many years in which this hinge was suffered to be out of order, and amongst the hourly grievances my father submitted to upon its account,—this was one; that he never folded his arms to take his nap after dinner, but the thoughts of being unavoidably awakened by the first person who should open the door, was always uppermost in his imagination, and so incessantly step’d betwixt him and the first balmy presage of his repose, as to rob him, as he often declared, of the whole sweets of it.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

It will do well for mine; and, was it not that my OPINIONS will be the death of me, I perceive I shall lead a fine life of it out of this self-same life of mine; or, in other words, shall lead a couple of fine lives together.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Thinking of it now, Ivan felt stunned: he had never tried to convince her that Mitya was the murderer, on the contrary, he had shared with her his suspicion that he himself was guilty of his father’s death when he had returned from his visit to Smerdyakov.

— The Brothers Karamazov

It’s not always death, it’s often something else and possibly worse, especially when there are children.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Death is the least thing I can suffer.

— Children of Gebelawi

And again there came to her imagination the cruel memory, eternally gnawing at her mother’s heart, of the death of her last infant boy, who had died of croup, his funeral, the universal indifference before that small, pink coffin, and her own heart-rending, lonely pain before the pale little forehead with curls at the temples, before the opened, surprised little mouth she had glimpsed in the coffin just as it was covered by the pink lid with the lace cross.

— Anna Karenina

That kindly but distracted lady, hearing of the elder’s death upon awakening that morning, had been seized by such violent curiosity that she had at once delegated Rakitin to observe everything for her at the hermitage (since she could not be admitted herself) and to send her a “complete” written report every half hour of so.

— The Brothers Karamazov

A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought.

— Middlemarch

Most likely because day and night they’re at grips with death.

— Zorba the Greek

Do you want a brandy, Biberkopf, probably a death in the family, yes, wherefore therefore, why have me legs been taken off, I don’t know.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

For, spite of her leak, and spite of all her other perils, the Town-Ho still maintained her mast-heads, and her captain was just as willing to lower for a fish that moment, as on the day his craft first struck the cruising ground; and Radney the mate was quite as ready to change his berth for a boat, and with his bandaged mouth seek to gag in death the vital jaw of the whale.

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

I don’t mean the mystery of death, which I can’t begin to fathom, but the physical sensation of ceasing to live.

— The Book of Disquiet

Oh, how death turns things upside down!

— Père Goriot

A film rolled up over them, then with a small perceptible shake of determination it pushed death away and struggled for a moment in Paul’s hands.

— The Golden Notebook

Death spins his coat.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

—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

Count Altamira was telling me that on the eve of his death Danton said in his gruff voice: ‘It’s odd but the verb “to guillotine” cannot be conjugated in all its tenses.

— The Red and the Black

Death-Dodger can command very large sums, for he acts as an illegal receiver not only for his convict friends, but also for the members of the League of Ten thousand…

— Père Goriot

There is a reaper, Death yclept.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

For fear of death he had put himself under the Trustee’s protection and lost everything; and yet death had come—death, which destroyed life with fear even before it struck.

— Children of Gebelawi

I infer, an’ please your worship, replied Trim, that the radical moisture is nothing in the world but ditch-water—and that the radical heat, of those who can go to the expence of it, is burnt brandy—the radical heat and moisture of a private man, an’ please your honours, is nothing but ditch-water—and a dram of geneva——and give us but enough of it, with a pipe of tobacco, to give us spirits, and drive away the vapours—we know not what it is to fear death.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

But I was sure about me, about everything, surer than he could ever be, sure of my life and sure of the death I had waiting for me.

— The Stranger

How often have not only our leaders, says Cicero, but even whole armies rushed to certain death.

— Essays

Ekwefi then became defiant and called her next child Onwuma—“Death may please himself.”

— Things Fall Apart

The voice of Death, the voice of Death, the voice of Death:

What’s the use of so much strength, what’s the use of going straight, oh yes, oh yes, look at her, discern, rue.

— Berlin Alexanderplatz

Maybe things were a little better than twenty years ago, nobody could say that I hadn’t made a wee beginning of progress, but there seemed no possibility of my ever managing, like Robinson, to fill my head with one single idea, but that one superb, a thought far stronger than death, and of my succeeding, just with my idea, of exuding joy, carefreeness, and courage wherever I went.

— Journey to the End of the Night

Will you tell me whether it is an unalterable law in this fishery, Mr. Flask, for an oarsman to break his own back pulling himself backforemost into death’s jaws?

— Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Yet he had not been such a close friend as to figure in a dream so long after his death.

— The Sound of the Mountain

—For Death it has an entire set; the misery was, they all at once rushed into my father’s head, that ’twas difficult to string them together, so as to make any thing of a consistent show out of them.

— The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Brother of Death…

— Memoirs of Hadrian