Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov

American writer and poet

Lived from: 1899-1977

Category: Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Vladimir Nabokov

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    A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.
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    A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.
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    Between the age limits of nine and fourteen there occur maidens who, to certain bewitched travelers, twice or many times older than they, reveal their true nature which is not human, but nymphic (that is, demoniac); and these chosen creatures I propose to designate as ''nymphets.''
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    Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
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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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    It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot.
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    Life is a great surprise. I don't see why death should not be an even greater one.
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    Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
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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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    The more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
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    The tiny madman in his padded cell.
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    There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.
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    You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.
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