Quotes of Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ Our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ 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. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ 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. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ Long after her death I felt her thoughts floating through mine. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ 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. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ Dear Jesus, do something. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ Life is short. From here to that old car you know so well there is a stretch of twenty, twentyfive paces. It is a very short walk. Make those twentyfive steps. Now. Right now. Come just as you are. And we shall live happily ever after. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ I recall certain moments, let us call them icebergs in paradise, when after having had my fill of her –after fabulous, insane exertions that left me limp and azurebarred–I would gather her in my arms with, at last, a mute moan of human tenderness (her skin glistening in the neon light coming from the paved court through the slits in the blind, her sootblack lashes matted, her grave gray eyes more vacant than ever–for all the world a little patient still in the confusion of a drug after a major operation)–and the tenderness would deepen to shame and despair, and I would lull and rock my lone light Lolita in my marble arms, and moan in her warm hair, and caress her at random and mutely ask her blessing, and at the peak of this human agonized selfless tenderness (with my soul actually hanging around her naked body and ready to repent), all at once, ironically, horribly, lust would swell again–and 'oh, no,' Lolita would say with a sigh to heaven, and the next moment the tenderness and the azure–all would be shattered. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ Let all of life be an unfettered howl. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ We all have such fateful objects — it may be a recurrent landscape in one case, a number in another — carefully chosen by the gods to attract events of specific significance for us: here shall John always stumble; there shall Jane's heart always break. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

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

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ 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. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ The square root of I is I. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ All religions are based on obsolete terminology. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ You have to be an artist and a madman... ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ Light in comparison with darkness is a void. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov

“ We live in a stocking which is in the process of being turned inside out, without our ever knowing for sure to what phase of the process our moment of consciousness corresponds. ”

- Vladimir Nabokov
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