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Vladimir Nabokov quotes

There is nothing in the world that I loathe more than group activity, that communal bath where the hairy and slippery mix in a multiplication of mediocrity.

Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.

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

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.

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.

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.

I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.

Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: it has to be shattered before being ascertained.

A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.

Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution.

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.

Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.

Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.

I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.

Genius is an African who dreams up snow.

I confess, I do not believe in time.

Caress the detail, the divine detail.

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.

Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.