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Engrave this Quote Rereading this novel today, replaying the moves of its plot, I feel rather like Anderssen fondly recalling his sacrifice of both Rooks to the unfortunate and noble Kieseritsky
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-Vladimir Nabokov, The Defense foreword
Engrave this Quote Happy is the novelist who manages to preserve an actual love letter that he received when he was young within a work of fiction, embedded in it like a clean bullet in flabby flesh and quite secure there, among spurious lives.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Engrave this Quote A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Engrave this Quote Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Baby, Babies
Engrave this Quote The tiny madman in his padded cell.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Children
Engrave this Quote Between the age limits of nine and fourteen there occur maidens who, to certain bewitched travelers, twice or many times older than they, reveal their true nature which is not human, but nymphic (that is, demoniac); and these chosen creatures I propose to designate as nymphets.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Death
Engrave this Quote And really, the reason we think of death in celestial terms is that the visible firmament, especially at night (above our blacked-out Paris with the gaunt arches of its Boulevard Exelmans and the ceaseless Alpine gurgle of desolate latrines), is the most adequate and ever-present symbol of that vast silent explosion.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Education
Engrave this Quote Discussion in class, which means letting twenty young blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something that neither their teacher nor they know.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Fame
Engrave this Quote It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Imagination
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Life
Engrave this Quote Life is a great surprise. I don't see why death should not be an even greater one.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Memory
Engrave this Quote I should allow only my heart to have imagination; and for the rest rely on memory, that long drawn sunset of one's personal truth.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Engrave this Quote I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
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-Vladimir Nabokov, Strong Opinions
Moon
Engrave this Quote Treading the soil of the moon, palpating its pebbles, tasting the panic and splendor of the event, feeling in the pit of one's stomach the separation from terra... these form the most romantic sensation an explorer has ever known... this is the only thing I can say about the matter. The utilitarian results do not interest me.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Murder
Engrave this Quote You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Proverbial Wisdom
Engrave this Quote There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Reading
Engrave this Quote Readers are not sheep, and not every pen tempts them.
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-Vladimir Nabokov, LECTURES ON LITERATURE, 1980
Snow
Engrave this Quote Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
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-Vladimir Nabokov, The Gift
Solitude
Engrave this Quote Solitude is the playfield of Satan.
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-Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire, 1962

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