Vladimir Nabokov Quotes (Author of Lolita).

In the world of literature, few authors can stand up to the legacy and brilliance of Vladimir Nabokov. He was a Russian-born novelist who wrote in both English and his native tongue. In fact, many of his novels were bestsellers and award-winning masterpieces that are still widely read today, including “Lolita”, “Pnin”, and “Ada or Ardor”.
He was also an avid reader who appreciated the artistry of words above all else. When it came to writing his own books, he had plenty of advice to impart on fellow authors. The following quotes by Vladimir Nabokov offer insight into his work, life, and literary philosophies.

Famous Vladimir Nabokov Quotes

1) “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” – Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

2) “We can at last describe his tie, an Easter gift from a dressy butcher, his brother in law in Onhava: imitation silk, colour chocolate brown barred with red, the end tucked into the shirt between the second and third buttons – a Zemblan fashion of the nineteen thirties.“

3) “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.“

4) “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.”

4) “And the rest is rust and stardust.”

5) “By God, I could make myself bring her that economically halved grapefruit, that sugarless breakfast.”

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

7) “Here lies the sense of literary creation to portray ordinary objects as they will be reflected in kindly mirrors of future times. . . . To find in objects around us the fragrant tenderness that only posterity will discern.”

8) “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.”

9) “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.”

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

11) “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.”

Inspirational Quotes From Vladimir Nabokov

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

13) “Genius is finding the invisible link between things.” – Vladimir Nabokov

14) “We live not only in a world of thoughts, but also in a world of things. Words without experience are meaningless.” ~ Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov

15) “Sleep is the most moronic fraternity in the world, with the heaviest dues and the crudest rituals. It is a mental torture I find debasing… I simply cannot get used to the nightly betrayal of reason, humanity, genius.” – Vladimir Nabokov Quotes

16) “I shall continue to exist. I may assume other disguises, other forms, but I shall try to exist.”

17) “My principal failing as a writer is the lack of spontaneity; the nuisance of parallel thoughts, second thoughts, third thoughts; inability to express myself properly in any language unless I compose every damned sentence in my bath, in my mind, at my desk.”

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

19) “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.” ~ Vladimir Nabokov – Quotes

20) “Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.”

21) “…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.”

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

Quote Of The Day From Nabokov

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

24) “The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.” – Vladimir Nabokov Quotes

25) “Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.” – Vladimir Nabokov

26) I cannot separate the aesthetic pleasure of seeing a butterfly and the scientific pleasure of knowing what it is.

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

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

29) “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“

30) “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.“

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