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date: 19 May 2019

Vladimir Nabokov 1899–1977
Russian novelist 

  1. Her exotic daydreams do not prevent her from being small-town bourgeois at heart, clinging to conventional ideas or committing this or that conventional violation of the conventional, adultery being a most conventional way to rise above the conventional.
    Lectures on Literature (1980) ‘Madame Bovary’
  2. Curiously enough, one cannot read a book: one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader.
    Lectures on Literature (1980)
  3. Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.
    Lolita (1955) ch. 1
  4. You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.
    Lolita (1955) ch. 1
  5. Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.
    Pale Fire (1962)
  6. 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.
    Speak, Memory (1951) ch. 1
  7. That life-quickening atmosphere of a big railway station where everything is something trembling on the brink of something else.
    Spring in Fialta and other stories (1956)
  8. Satire is a lesson, parody is a game.
    Strong Opinions (1974)