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Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "as if it were a point of honor—which, indeed, a point of art often is."

as if it were a point of honor—which, indeed, a point of art often is.




Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "I would like to spare the time and effort of hack reviewers and, generally, persons who move their lips when reading."

I would like to spare the time and effort of hack reviewers and, generally, persons who move their lips when reading.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Let at least one word of my writings impregnate the reader's heart."

Let at least one word of my writings impregnate the reader's heart.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "I confess, I do not believe in time."

I confess, I do not believe in time.




Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "You have to be an artist and a madman..."

You have to be an artist and a madman...



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is."

I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.




Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Dear Jesus, do something."

Dear Jesus, do something.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "I would fight of course. Oh, I would fight. Better destroy everything than surrender her."

I would fight of course. Oh, I would fight. Better destroy everything than surrender her.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Satire is a lesson, parody is a game."

Satire is a lesson, parody is a game.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "You must be careful. There are things that should never be given up. You must persevere."

You must be careful. There are things that should never be given up. You must persevere.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "I was a daisy fresh girl and look what you've done to me."

I was a daisy fresh girl and look what you've done to me.




Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Religion is boring and alien to me and relates no more than a chimera to what is to me the reality of the spirit."

Religion is boring and alien to me and relates no more than a chimera to what is to me the reality of the spirit.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "At eight, he had once told his mother that he wanted to paint air."

At eight, he had once told his mother that he wanted to paint air.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one."

Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness."

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "(T)here exist friendships which develop their own inner duration, their own eons of transparent time."

(T)here exist friendships which develop their own inner duration, their own eons of transparent time.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "The square root of I is I."

The square root of I is I.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Every author believes, when his first book is published, that those that acclaim it are his personal friends or impersonal peers, while its revilers can only be envious rogues and nonentities."

Every author believes, when his first book is published, that those that acclaim it are his personal friends or impersonal peers, while its revilers can only be envious rogues and nonentities.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "The pleasures of writing correspond exactly to the pleasures of reading"

The pleasures of writing correspond exactly to the pleasures of reading



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "The subject may be crude and repulsive. Its expression is artistically modulated and balanced. This is style. This is art. This is the only thing that really matters in books."

The subject may be crude and repulsive. Its expression is artistically modulated and balanced. This is style. This is art. This is the only thing that really matters in books.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "I think it is all a matter of love the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes"

I think it is all a matter of love the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Our imagination flies -- we are its shadow on the earth."

Our imagination flies -- we are its shadow on the earth.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "All my stories are webs of style and none seems at first blush to contain much kinetic matter. For me style is matter."

All my stories are webs of style and none seems at first blush to contain much kinetic matter. For me style is matter.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Great novels are above all great fairy tales . . . literature does not tell the truth but makes it up."

Great novels are above all great fairy tales . . . literature does not tell the truth but makes it up.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Life is just one small piece of light between two eternal darknesses."

Life is just one small piece of light between two eternal darknesses.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "I dreamt of you last night - as if I was playing the piano and you were turning the pages for me."

I dreamt of you last night - as if I was playing the piano and you were turning the pages for me.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "I am sufficiently proud of my knowing something to be modest about my not knowing all."

I am sufficiently proud of my knowing something to be modest about my not knowing all.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist."

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Perhaps what matters is not the human pain or joy at all but, rather, the play of shadow and light on a live body, the harmony of trifles assembled...in a unique and inimitable way."

Perhaps what matters is not the human pain or joy at all but, rather, the play of shadow and light on a live body, the harmony of trifles assembled...in a unique and inimitable way.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Some might think that the creativity, imagination, and flights of fancy that give my life meaning are insanity."

Some might think that the creativity, imagination, and flights of fancy that give my life meaning are insanity.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "while the scientist sees everything that happens in one point of space, the poet feels everything that happens in one point of time."

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 Quotes: "It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight."

It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words."

Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "...I happen to be the kind of author who in starting to work on a book has no purpose than to get rid of that book...."

...I happen to be the kind of author who in starting to work on a book has no purpose than to get rid of that book....



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "In this very special self-hypnotic state there can be no question of getting out of touch with on[e]self and floating into a normal sleep (unless you are very tired at the start)"

In this very special self-hypnotic state there can be no question of getting out of touch with on[e]self and floating into a normal sleep (unless you are very tired at the start)



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Everything he said should be followed by a big sic"

Everything he said should be followed by a big sic



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "You forget, my good man, that what the artist perceives is, primarily, the difference between things. It is the vulgar who note their resemblance."

You forget, my good man, that what the artist perceives is, primarily, the difference between things. It is the vulgar who note their resemblance.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Coordinating thereEvents and objects with remote eventsAnd vanished objects. Making ornamentsOf accidents and possibilities."

Coordinating thereEvents and objects with remote eventsAnd vanished objects. Making ornamentsOf accidents and possibilities.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Human thought, flying on the trapezes of the star-filled universe, with mathematics stretched beneath, was like an acrobat working with a net but suddenly noticing that in reality there is no net."

Human thought, flying on the trapezes of the star-filled universe, with mathematics stretched beneath, was like an acrobat working with a net but suddenly noticing that in reality there is no net.




Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "... she had painted her lips and was holding in her hollowed hands a beautiful, banal, Eden-red apple."

... she had painted her lips and was holding in her hollowed hands a beautiful, banal, Eden-red apple.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "If I broke her heart, her image of me would break too"

If I broke her heart, her image of me would break too



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "No jewels, save my eyes, do I own, but I have a rose which is even softer than my rosy lips. And a quiet youth said: 'There is nothing softer than your heart.' And I lowered my gaze..."

No jewels, save my eyes, do I own, but I have a rose which is even softer than my rosy lips. And a quiet youth said: 'There is nothing softer than your heart.' And I lowered my gaze...



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "How small the cosmos (a kangaroo's pouch would hold it), how paltry and puny in comparison to human consciousness, to a single individual recollection, and its expression in words!"

How small the cosmos (a kangaroo's pouch would hold it), how paltry and puny in comparison to human consciousness, to a single individual recollection, and its expression in words!



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don't really exist if you don't."

I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don't really exist if you don't.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "The lost glove is happy."

The lost glove is happy.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "She is a great gobbler of books, but reads only trash, memorizing nothing and leaving out the longer descriptions."

She is a great gobbler of books, but reads only trash, memorizing nothing and leaving out the longer descriptions.



Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: "Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece"

Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece