Vladimir Nabokov
Saint Petersburg

Quotes

11 November 2014
The evolution of sense is, in a sense, the evolution of nonsense.
11 November 2014
To begin with, let us take the following motto (not especially for this chapter, but generally): Literature is Love. Now we can continue.
11 November 2014
The quality of this novel is the way the plot is treated and not the plot itself.
11 November 2014
I want a lump in his throat to obstruct the wisecrack.
11 November 2014
Moreover, the slogan "highbrows and lowbrows, unite!", which he had spouted already, is all wrong since true highbrows are highbrows because they do not unite.
11 November 2014
Dostoevski is not a great writer, but a rather mediocre one—with flashes of excellent humor, but, alas, with wastelands of literary platitudes in between.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
To a joke, then, I owe my first gleam of consciousness—which again has recapitulatory implications, since the first creatures on earth to become aware of time were also the first creatures to smile.
11 November 2014
The more gifted and talkative one's characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.
11 November 2014
If I were not perfectly sure of my power to write and of my marvelous ability to express ideas with the utmost grace and vividness.... So, more or less, I had thought of beginning my tale.

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