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Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “And presently I was driving through the drizzle of the dying day, with the windshield wipers in full action but unable to cope with my tears.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I am ready to give you all of my blood, if I had to – it’s hard to explain – sounds flat – but that’s how it is.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “The tiny madman in his padded cell.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I am just winking happy thoughts into a little tiddle cup.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Literature is invention. Fiction is fiction. To call a story a true story is an insult to both truth and art.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I am sentimental,’ she said. ‘I could dissect a koala but not its baby. I like the words damozel, eglantine, elegant. I love when you kiss my elongated white hand.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Look at this tangle of thorns.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “By God, I could make myself bring her that economically halved grapefruit, that sugarless breakfast.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “My characters are galley slaves.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I was a daisy fresh girl and look what you’ve done to me.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “You see, she had absolutely nowhere else to go.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “It is strange how a memory will grow into a wax figure, how the cherub grows suspiciously prettier as its frame darkens with age-strange, strange are the mishaps of memory.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Without you I wouldn’t have moved this way, to speak the language of flowers.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “My only grudge against nature was that I could not turn my Lolita inside out and apply voracious lips to her young matrix, her unknown heart, her nacreous liver, the sea-grapes of her lungs, her comely twin kidneys.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Sleep is a rose, as the Persians say.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “The compensation for a death sentence is the knowledge of the exact hour when one is to die. A great luxury, but one that is well earned.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Let all of life be an unfettered howl.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I confess I do not believe in time. I like to fold my magic carpet, after use, in such a way as to superimpose one part of the pattern upon another. Let visitors trip.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “It is late now, I am a bit tired; the sky is irritated by stars. And I love you, I love you, I love you – and perhaps this is how the whole enormous world, shining all over, can be created – out of five vowels and three consonants.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “You are the only person I can talk with about the shade of a cloud, about the song of a thought...”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Music, I regret to say, affects me merely as an arbitrary succession of more or less irritating sounds. Under certain emotional circumstances I can stand the spasms of a rich violin, but the concert piano and all wind instruments bore me in small doses and flay me in larger ones.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Oh, Lolita, you are my girl, as Vee was Poe’s and Bea Dante’s, and what little girl would not like to whirl in a circular skirt and scanties?”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I grew, a happy, healthy child in a bright world of illustrated books, clean sand, orange trees, friendly dogs, sea vistas and smiling faces.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I always call him Lewis Carroll Carroll, because he was the first Humbert Humbert.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I love you, I’m waiting for you unbearably.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Imagination, the supreme delight of the immortal and the immature, should be limited. In order to enjoy life, we should not enjoy it too much.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “And what is death, if not a face at peace – its artistic perfection.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Nothing on earth really matters, there is nothing to fear, and death is but a question of style, a mere literary device, a musical resolution.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “By this time I was in a state of excitement bordering on insanity; but I also had the cunning of the insane.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “You have to be an artist and a madman, a creature of infinite melancholy... in order to discern at once, by ineffable signs... the little deadly demon among the wholesome children; she stands unrecognized by them and unconscious herself of her fantastic power.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “The only real number is one, the rest are mere repetition.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “There is nothing in the world that I loathe more than group activity, that communal bath where the hairy and slippery mix in a multiplication of mediocrity.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Only ambitious nonentities and hearty mediocrities exhibit their rough drafts. It’s like passing around samples of sputum.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “His wings were failing, but he refused to fall without a struggle.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Art at its greatest is fantastically deceitful and complex.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I have the European urge to use my feet when a drive can be dispensed with.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I cannot separate the aesthetic pleasure of seeing a butterfly and the scientific pleasure of knowing what it is.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Neither in environment nor in heredity can I find the exact instrument that fashioned me, the anonymous roller that pressed upon my life a certain intricate watermark whose unique design becomes visible when the lamp of art is made to shine through life’s foolscap.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “A thousand years ago five minutes were Equal to forty ounces of fine sand. Outstare the stars. Infinite foretime and Infinite aftertime: above your head They close like giant wings, and you are dead.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “As it happens with many people who do not trouble about religion in the ordinary trend of life, I hastily invented a soft, warm, tear-misty God, and whispered an informal prayer. Let me get there in time, let him hold out till I come, let him tell me his secret. Now it was all snow: the glass had grown a grey beard.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Imagination without knowledge leads no farther than the back yard of primitive art, the child’s scrawl on the fence, and the crank’s message in the market place. Art is never simple.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “The contemplation of beauty, whether it be a uniquely tinted sunset, a radiant face, or a work of art, makes us glance back unwittingly at our personal past and juxtapose ourselves and our inner being with the utterly unattainable beauty revealed to us.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Let the credulous and the vulgar continue to believe that all mental woes can be cured by a daily application of old Greek myths to their private parts.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Time is rhythm: the insect rhythm of a warm humid night, brain ripple, breathing, the drum in my temple – these are our faithful timekeepers; and reason corrects the feverish beat.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I’m walking out now into the soft light, the cooling him of evening, and I will love you tonight, and tomorrow, and still many more, so very many tomorrows.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “The weather this morning was so-so: dullish, but warm, a boiled-milk sky, with skin- but if you pushed it aside with a teaspoon, the sun was really nice, so I wore my white trousers.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I don’t want an elderly gentleman from Vienna with an umbrella inflicting his dreams upon me.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “There he stood, in the camouflage of sun and shade, disfigured by them and masked by his own nakedness.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Adultery is a most conventional way to rise above the conventional.”
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