Vladimir Nabokov Quotes

Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: But as Van casually directed the searchlight of backthought into that maze of the past where the mirror-lined narrow paths not only took different turns, but used different levels (as a mule-drawn cart passes under the arch of a viaduct along which a motor skims by), he found himself tackling, in still vague and idle fashion, the science that was to obsess his mature years - problems of space and time, space versus time, time-twisted space, space as time, time as space - and space breaking away from time, in the final tragic triumph of human cogitation: I am because I die.
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Vladimir Nabokov Quote: A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual, and only the individual reader is important to me. I don't give a damn for the group, the community, the masses, and so forth.
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Quotes about Vladimir Nabokov: To a greater or lesser extent there goes on in every person a struggle between two forces: the longing for privacy and the urge to go places: the introversion, interest directed within oneself toward one's own inner life of vigorous thought and fancy; and extroversion, interest directed outward, toward the external world of people and tangible values.
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Quote about Vladimir Nabokov: Perhaps if the year was 1447 instead of 1947 I might have hoodwinked my gentle nature by administering her some classical poison from a hollow agate, some tender philter of death. But in our middle-class nosy era it would not have come off the way it used to in the brocaded palaces of the past. Nowadays you have to be a scientist if you want to be a killer.
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Vladimir Nabokov Sayings: Chess problems demand from the composer the same virtues that characterize all worthwhile art: originality, invention, conciseness, harmony, complexity, and splendid insincerity
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Vladimir Nabokov Saying: It is strange how a memory will grow into a wax figure, how the cherub grows suspiciously prettier as its frame darkens with age-strange, strange are the mishaps of memory.
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Sayings about Vladimir Nabokov: There is only one real number: one. And love, apparently, is the best exponent of this singularity.
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Saying about Vladimir Nabokov: Suddenly for no earthly reason I felt immensely sorry for him and longed to say something real, something with wings and a heart, but the birds I wanted settled on my shoulders and head only later when I was alone and not in need of words.
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Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: Memory overshadows the present and dims the future
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Vladimir Nabokov Quote: As to the rest, I am no more guilty of imitating 'real life' than'real life' is responsible for plagiarizing me.
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Quotes about Vladimir Nabokov: There is an old American saying 'He who lives in a glass house should not try to kill two birds with one stone.
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Quote about Vladimir Nabokov: Remembrance, like Rembrandt, is dark but festive. Remembered ones dress up for the occasion and sit still. Memory is a photo studio de luxe on an infinite Fifth Power Avenue.
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Vladimir Nabokov Sayings: but that mimosa grove - the haze of stars, the tingle, the flame, the honey-dew, and the ache remained with me, and that little girl with her seaside limbs and ardent tongue haunted me ever since.
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Vladimir Nabokov Saying: I could also distinguish the glint of a special puddle (the one Krug had somehow perceived through the layer of his own life), an oblong puddle invariably acquiring the same form after every shower because of the constant spatulate shape of a depression in the ground. Possibly something of the kind may be said to occur in regard to the imprint we leave in the intimate texture of space. Twang. A good night for nothing.
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Sayings about Vladimir Nabokov: do what only a true artist can do ... pounce upon the forgotten butterfly of revelation
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Saying about Vladimir Nabokov: Life with you was lovely
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Vladimir Nabokov Quotes: To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute.
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Vladimir Nabokov Quote: Was she really beautiful? Was she at least what they call attractive? She was exasperation, she was torture.
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