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Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Unattached details take all the sparkle out of Unattached details take all the sparkle out of your conversation. Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: With your little claws, Lolita. With your little claws, Lolita. Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Oh, don't cry, I'm so sorry I cheated Oh, don't cry, I'm so sorry I cheated so much, but that's the way things are. Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By David Lipsky: Hemingway changed prose; so did Salinger and Nabokov. Hemingway changed prose; so did Salinger and Nabokov. David Lipsky
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Solitude is the playfield of Satan. I Solitude is the playfield of Satan. I Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: I have never seen a more lucid, more I have never seen a more lucid, more lonely, better balanced mad mind than mine. Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: And what is death, if not a face And what is death, if not a face at peace - its artistic perfection. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Oh, do not scowl at me, reader, I Oh, do not scowl at me, reader, I do not intend to convey the impression that I did not manage to be happy. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: You must be careful. There are things that You must be careful. There are things that should never be given up. You must persevere. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By John Updike: Our artistic heroes tend to be those self-exercisers, Our artistic heroes tend to be those self-exercisers, like Picasso, and Nabokov, and Wallace Stevens, who rather defiantly kept playing past dark. — John Updike
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Blue!' she exclaimed. 'Violet blue. What are they Blue!' she exclaimed. 'Violet blue. What are they made of?' 'Summer skies,' I said, 'and plums and figs, and the grape-blood of emperors.' 'No, — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: A person hoping to become a poet must A person hoping to become a poet must have the capacity of thinking of several things at a time. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Zembla is a site devoted to the life Zembla is a site devoted to the life and works of author, translator, and lepidopterist. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Words without experience are meaningless. Words without experience are meaningless. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: How can I demonstrate [ ... ] that How can I demonstrate [ ... ] that I have glimpsed somebody's future recollection? — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: The more you love a memory, the stronger The more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: A poet's purified truth can cause no pain, A poet's purified truth can cause no pain, no offense. True art is above false honor. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: She could fade and wither- I didn't care. She could fade and wither- I didn't care. I would still go mad with tenderness at the mere sight of her. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: You lose your immortality when you lose your You lose your immortality when you lose your memory. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: If his Russian was music, his English was If his Russian was music, his English was murder. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: You are the only person I can talk You are the only person I can talk with about the shade of a cloud, about the song of a thought ... — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Nymphets do not occur in polar regions. Nymphets do not occur in polar regions. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: (T)here exist friendships which develop their own inner (T)here exist friendships which develop their own inner duration, their own eons of transparent time. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: I am Sebastian, or Sebastian is I, or I am Sebastian, or Sebastian is I, or perhaps we both are someone whom neither of us knows. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Life is a great surprise. I do not Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: The only real number is one, the rest The only real number is one, the rest are mere repetition — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: There is only one school of literature - There is only one school of literature - that of talent. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: There are certain trifles I do not forgive. There are certain trifles I do not forgive. Not having read the required book. Having read it like an idiot. - John Shade — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: While you took a dull doll to pieces While you took a dull doll to pieces and threw its head away. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: I talk in a daze, I walk in I talk in a daze, I walk in a maze. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: All colors made me happy: even gray. My All colors made me happy: even gray. My eyes were such that literally they Took photographs. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: And the rest is rust and stardust. And the rest is rust and stardust. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Stacy Schiff: Nabokov complained he was afflicted with total recall, Nabokov complained he was afflicted with total recall, an affliction of which he could be miraculously cured by the presence of a biographer. — Stacy Schiff
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: I confess, I do not believe in time. I confess, I do not believe in time. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: I appealed to her stale flesh very seldom, I appealed to her stale flesh very seldom, only in cases of great urgency and despair. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: What surprises you in life? The marvel of What surprises you in life? The marvel of consciousness
that sudden window swinging open on a sunlit landscape amidst the night of non-being. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: twirling in his fingers the mummy of a twirling in his fingers the mummy of a cigar, — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Some might think that the creativity, imagination, and Some might think that the creativity, imagination, and flights of fancy that give my life meaning are insanity. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: The distinct feature of everything extant is its The distinct feature of everything extant is its monotony. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: I have no desires, save the desire to I have no desires, save the desire to express myself in defiance of all the world's muteness. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: What can be sadder than a discouraged artist What can be sadder than a discouraged artist dying not from his own commonplace maladies, but from the cancer of oblivion? — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: I see nothing for the treatment of my I see nothing for the treatment of my misery but the melancholy and very local palliative of articulate art. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: this summer is so much sadder than the this summer is so much sadder than the other — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Be true to your Dick. Be true to your Dick. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: We think not in words but in shadows We think not in words but in shadows of words. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: The isms go, the ist dies, art remains The isms go, the ist dies, art remains — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: No wonder tobacco shops have a predilection for No wonder tobacco shops have a predilection for corners, for — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: A bowling ball rolled through his head, diagonally A bowling ball rolled through his head, diagonally from nape to temple; it paused and started back. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Stirless, I stand at the window, and in Stirless, I stand at the window, and in the black bowl of the sky glows like a golden drop of honey the mellow moon — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: It is a singular reaction, this sitting still It is a singular reaction, this sitting still and writing, writing, writing, or ruminating at length, which is much the same, really. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: No difference exists between American and European manners. No difference exists between American and European manners. A proletarian from Chicago can be just as Philistine as an English duke. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: While the scientist sees everything that happens in While the scientist sees everything that happens in one point of space,
the poet feels everything that happens in one point of time. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: The stars that sparkled, and the cars that The stars that sparkled, and the cars that parkled, and the bars, and the barmen, were presently taken over by her — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Tom Bissell: Charyn, like Nabokov, is that most fiendish sort Charyn, like Nabokov, is that most fiendish sort of writer-so seductive as to beg imitation, so singular as to make imitation impossible. — Tom Bissell
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: For she soars with the wildest hyperbole when For she soars with the wildest hyperbole when not tagging after the most pedestrian dictum. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: The compensation for a death sentence is knowledge The compensation for a death sentence is knowledge of the exact hour when one is to die. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Today our unsophisticated cameras record in their own Today our unsophisticated cameras record in their own way our hastily assembled and painted world. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Tenderness rounds out true triumph, gentleness lubricates genuine Tenderness rounds out true triumph, gentleness lubricates genuine liberation: emotions that are not diagnostic of glory or passion in dreams. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Since I sometimes won the race between my Since I sometimes won the race between my fancy and nature's reality - the deception was bearable. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: A work of art has no importance whatever A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: I will contend until I am shot that I will contend until I am shot that art as soon as it is brought into contact with politics inevitably sinks to the level of any ideological trash. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: Glancing sideways, he said that he loved her. Glancing sideways, he said that he loved her. Then, turning rapidly, he walked away and entered a tobacco shop. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: For better or worse, it is the commentator For better or worse, it is the commentator who has the last word. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: The one who kills is always his victim's The one who kills is always his victim's inferior. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: (hot, opalescent, thick tears that poets and lovers (hot, opalescent, thick tears that poets and lovers shed) ... — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: He broke my heart. You merely broke my He broke my heart. You merely broke my life. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: A wave would arrive, all out of breath, A wave would arrive, all out of breath, but, as it had nothing to report, it would disperse in apologetic salaams. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: How can I write about this when I How can I write about this when I am afraid of not having time to finish and of stirring up all these thoughts in vain? — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: I don't read reviews about myself with any I don't read reviews about myself with any special eagerness or attention unless they are masterpieces of wit and acumen, and I never reread them. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: It's exactly my sense of existing - a It's exactly my sense of existing - a fragment, a wisp of color. — Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov: The pleasures of writing correspond exactly to the The pleasures of writing correspond exactly to the pleasures of reading — Vladimir Nabokov