Vladimir Nabokov Quotes In English

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Vladimir Nabokov Quotes In English

Hello, Welcome in a collection of Vladimir Nabokov quotes about love, life, poetry, writing, books, memory, wit and much more. Our team gives you some quotes about Vladimir Nabokov. He was born on April 22, 1899, Saint Petersburg, Russia.Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian and American novelist, poet, translator and entomologist. His first nine novels were written in Russian, but he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose. Nabokov became an American citizen in 1945. He died in July 2, 1977, Montreux, Switzerland.

  • “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”

  • “My heart was a hysterical unreliable organ.”

  • “Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.”

  • “One is always at home in one’s past…”

  • “You know, what’s so dreadful about dying is that you are completely on your own.”

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  • “And the rest is rust and stardust.”

  • “Readers are not sheep, and not every pen tempts them.”

  • “My loathings are simple. stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. My pleasures are the most intense known to man: writing and butterfly hunting.”

  • “Our imagination flies — we are its shadow on the earth.”

  • “A change of environment is the traditional fallacy upon which doomed loves, and lungs, rely.”

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  • “Perhaps, somewhere, some day, at a less miserable time, we may see each other again.”

  • “I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes.”

  • “I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.”

  • “If a violin string could ache, i would be that string.”

  • “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.”

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  • “It’s a pity one can’t imagine what one can’t compare to anything. Genius is an African who dreams up snow.”

  • “We live not only in a world of thoughts, but also in a world of things. Words without experience are meaningless.”

  • “He broke my heart. You merely broke my life.”

  • “Oh, don’t cry, I’m so sorry I cheated so much, but that’s the way things are.”

  • “Because you took advantage of my disadvantage.”

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

  • “Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”

  • “You see, she had absolutely nowhere else to go.”

  • “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.”

  • “Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.”

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  • “Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.”

  • “Theoretically there is no absolute proof that one’s awakening in the morning (the finding oneself again in the saddle of one’s personality) is not really a quite unprecedented event, a perfectly original birth.”

  • “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.”

  • “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…”

  • “I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don’t really exist if you don’t.”

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  • “Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.”

  • “Don’t touch me; I’ll die if you touch me.”

  • “Don’t cry, I’m sorry to have deceived you so much, but that’s how life is.”

  • “I shall be dumped where the weed decays, And the rest is rust and stardust.”

  • “…(hot, opalescent, thick tears that poets and lovers shed)…”

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  • “All colors made me happy: even gray. My eyes were such that literally they Took photographs.”

  • “You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.”

  • “I talk in a daze, I walk in a maze I cannot get out, said the starling.”

  • “…in my dreams the world would come alive, becoming so captivatingly majestic, free and ethereal, that afterwards it would be oppressive to breathe the dust of this painted life.”

  • “I was weeping again, drunk on the impossible past.”

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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.”

  • “The sun is a thief: she lures the sea and robs it. The moon is a thief: he steals his silvery light from the sun. The sea is a thief: it dissolves the moon.”

  • “Curiously enough, one cannot read a book; one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, and active and creative reader is a rereader.”

  • “I knew I had fallen in love with Lolita forever; but I also knew she would not be forever Lolita.”

  • “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.”

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  • “Mind you, sometimes the angels smoke, hiding it with their sleeves, and when the archangel comes, they throw the cigarettes away: that’s when you get shooting stars.”

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

  • “She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.”

  • “Humbert was perfectly capable of intercourse with Eve, but it was Lilith he longed for.”

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

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  • “Words without experience are meaningless.”

  • “Dear Jesus, do something.”

  • “And she was mine, she was mine, the key was in my fist, my fist was in my pocket, she was mine.”

  • “We loved each other with a premature love, marked by a fierceness that so often destroys adult lives.”

  • “Ink, a Drug.”

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  • “I mean, I have the feeling that something in my mind is poisoning everything else.”

  • “Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.”

  • “Was she really beautiful? Was she at least what they call attractive? She was exasperation, she was torture.”

  • “We are most artistically caged.”

  • “Let all of life be an unfettered howl.”

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

  • “Everything in the world is beautiful, but Man only recognizes beauty if he sees it either seldom or from afar. Listen, today we are gods! Our blue shadows are enormous! We move in a gigantic, joyful world!”

  • “The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.”

  • “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.”

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

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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.”

  • “Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.”

  • “Loneliness as a situation can be corrected, but as a state of mind it is an incurable illness.”

  • “A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.”

  • “Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.”

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  • “The square root of I is I.”

  • “There is no science without fancy and no art without fact.”

  • “I was the shadow of the waxwing slain/By the false azure in the windowpane…”

  • “And yet I adore him. I think he’s quite crazy, and with no place or occupation in life, and far from happy, and philosophically irresponsible – and there is absolutely nobody like him.”

  • “Who can say what heartbreaks are caused in a dog by our discontinuing a romp?”

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  • “I adore you, mon petit, and would never allow him to hurt you, no matter how gently or madly.”

  • “She was like Marat only with nobody to kill her.”

  • “Be true to your Dick.”

  • “But in my arms she was always Lolita.”

  • “The lost glove is happy.”

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  • “I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, my Lolita.”

  • “I have no desires, save the desire to express myself in defiance of all the world’s muteness.”

  • “There is an old American saying ‘He who lives in a glass house should not try to kill two birds with one stone.”

  • “My God died young. Theolatry i found Degrading, and its premises, unsound. No free man needs God; but was I free?”

  • “What surprises you in life? The marvel of consciousness — that sudden window swinging open on a sunlit landscape amidst the night of non-being.”

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  • “He was afraid of touching his own wrist. He never attempted to sleep on his left side, even in those dismal hours of the night when the insomniac longs for a third side after trying the two he has.”

  • “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.”

  • “Discussion in class, which means letting twenty young blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something that neither their teacher nor they know.”

  • “Lolita is famous, not I. I am an obscure, doubly obscure, novelist with an unpronounceable name.”

  • “Do what only a true artist can do … pounce upon the forgotten butterfly of revelation.”

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  • “All religions are based on obsolete terminology.”

  • “Genius is finding the invisible link between things.”

  • “I know more than I can express in words, and the little I can express would not have been expressed, had I not known more.”

  • “…for the human brain can become the best torture house of all those it has invented, established and used in a millions of years, in millions of lands, on millions of howling creatures.”

  • “In and out of my heart flowed my rainbow blood.”

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  • “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.”

  • “To begin with, let us take the following motto…Literature is Love. Now we can continue.”

  • “…She was, obviously, one of those women whose polished words may reflect a book club or bridge club, or any other deadly conventionality, but never her soul.”

  • “Maybe the only thing that hints at a sense of Time is rhythm; not the recurrent beats of the rhythm but the gap between two such beats, the gray gap between black beats: the Tender Interval.”

  • “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!”

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