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Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “There is only one real number: one. And love, apparently, is the best exponent of this singularity.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “The nostalgia I have been cherishing all these years is a hypertrophied sense of lost childhood, not sorrow for lost banknotes.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution.”
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: “I don’t want an elderly gentleman from Vienna with an umbrella inflicting his dreams upon me.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “In life, as in chess, it is always better to analyze one’s motives and intentions.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I don’t belong to any club or group. I don’t fish, cook, dance, endorse books, sign books, co-sign declarations, eat oysters, get drunk, go to church, go to analysts, or take part in demonstrations.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Adultery is a most conventional way to rise above the conventional.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “At eight, he had once told his mother that he wanted to paint air.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “One mercifully hopes there are water nymphs in the Styx.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I should allow only my heart to have imagination; and for the rest rely on memory, that long drawn sunset of one’s personal truth.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Even while writing his book, he had become painfully aware how little he knew his own planet while attempting to piece together another one from jagged bits filched from deranged brains.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “A wise reader reads the book of genius not with his heart, not so much with his brain, but with his spine. It is there that occurs the telltale tingle even though we must keep a little aloof, a little detached when reading.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “The days of my youth, as I look back on them, seem to fly away from me in a flurry of pale repetitive scraps like those morning snow storms of used tissue paper that a train passenger sees whirling in the wake of the observation car.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Sometimes, though, angels smoke-in their sleeves. But when the archangel goes by, they throw their cigarettes away: This is what falling stars are.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Beauty plus pity-that is the closest we can get to a definition of art. Where there is beauty there is pity for the simple reason that beauty must die: beauty always dies, the manner dies with the matter, the world dies with the individual.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Oh, don’t cry, I’m so sorry I cheated so much, but that’s the way things are.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “The more gifted and talkative one’s characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “In order to enjoy life, we should not enjoy it too much.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “The one who kills is always his victim’s inferior.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “No free man needs a God; but was I free?”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Your silence was effortless and windless, like the silence of clouds or plants. All silence is the recognition of a mystery. There was much about you that seemed mysterious. A.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Let me repeat with quite force: I was, and still am, despite mes malheurs, an exceptionally handsome male; slow moving tall, with dark soft hair and a gloomy but all the more seductive cast of demeanour.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “The subject of teaching Shakespeare at college level having been introduced: “First of all, dismiss ideas, and social background, and train the freshman to shiver, to get drunk on the poetry of Hamlet or Lear, to read with his spine and not with his skull.” Kinbote: “You appreciate particularly the purple passages?” Shade: “Yes, my dear Charles, I roll upon them as a grateful mongrel on a spot of turf fouled by a Great Dane.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I confess, I do not believe in time.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Every limit presupposes something beyond it.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I long for some terrific disaster. Earthquake. Spectacular explosion. Her mother is messily but instantly and permanently eliminated, along with everybody else for miles around.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I have never seen a more lucid, better balanced, mad mind than mine.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I want pure colors, melting clouds, accurately drawn details, a sunburst above a receding road with the light reflected in furrows and ruts, after rain. And no girls... There is one subject which I am emphatically opposed to: any kind of representation of a little girl.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “There is an old American saying ‘He who lives in a glass house should not try to kill two birds with one stone.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I felt curiously aloof from my own self. No temptations maddened me. The plump, glossy little Eskimo girls with their fish smell, hideous raven hair and guinea pig faces, evoked even less desire in me than Dr. Johnson had.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Turning one’s novel into a movie script is rather like making a series of sketches for a painting that has long ago been finished and framed.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I tore apart the fantasies of Poe, And dealt with childhood memories of strange Nacreous gleams beyond the adults’ range.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Who can say what heartbreaks are caused in a dog by our discontinuing a romp?”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “It was something quite special, that feeling: an oppressive, hideous constraint as if I were sitting with the small ghost of somebody I had just killed.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I witness with pleasure the supreme achievement of memory, which is the masterly use it makes of innate harmonies when gathering to its fold the suspended and wandering tonalities of the past.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “A cluster of stars palely glowed above us, between the silhouettes of long thin leaves; that vibrant sky seemed as naked as she was under her light frock. I saw her face in the sky, strangely distinct, as if it emitted a faint radiance of its own.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “But that mimosa grove-the haze of stars, the tingle, the flame, the honey-dew, and the ache remained with me, and that little girl with her seaside limbs and ardent tongue haunted me ever since-until at last, twenty-four years later, I broke her spell by incarnating her in another.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Of all my Russian books, the defense contains and diffuses the greatest ‘warmth’ which may seem odd seeing how supremely abstract Chess is supposed to be.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I, on my part, was as naive as only a pervert can be.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “In my self-made seraglio, I was a radiant and robust Turk, deliberately, in the full consciousness of his freedom, postponing the moment of actually enjoying the youngest and frailest of his slaves.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Listen – I want to run all my life, screaming at the top of my lungs. Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like the crowd greeting the gladiator. Don’t stop to think, don’t interrupt the scream, exhale, release life’s rapture. Everything is blooming. Everything is flying. Everything is screaming, choking on its screams. Laughter. Running. Let-down hair. That is all there is to life.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “There is a very loud amusement park right in front of my present lodgings.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “I broke her spell by incarnating her in another.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.”
Vladimir Nabokov Quote: “Imagine me; I shall not exist if you do not imagine me; try to discern the doe in me, trembling in the forest of my own iniquity; let’s even smile a little. After all, there is no harm in smiling.”
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