Quotes by Vladimir Nabokov (Novelist/American).

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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.
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The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.
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There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.
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Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: it has to be shattered before being ascertained.
• Vladimir Nabokov
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Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity.
• Vladimir Nabokov
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The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not with the boy or the girl in the book, but with the mind that conceived and composed that book.
• Vladimir Nabokov
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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.
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No author has created with less emphasis such pathetic characters as Chekhov has.
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Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution.
• Vladimir Nabokov
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It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot.
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I have often noticed that after I had bestowed on the characters of my novels some treasured item of my past, it would pine away in the artificial world where I had so abruptly placed it.
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Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.
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Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.
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My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.
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A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
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Satire is a lesson, parody is a game.
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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.
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I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
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There is only one school of literature - that of talent.
• Vladimir Nabokov
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I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.
• Vladimir Nabokov
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Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.
• Vladimir Nabokov
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A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.
• Vladimir Nabokov
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The more gifted and talkative one's characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.
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Discussion in class, which means letting twenty young blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something that neither their teacher nor they know.
• Vladimir Nabokov

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