A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
More Quotes from 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.
Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: it has to be shattered before being ascertained.
Discussion in class, which means letting twenty young blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something that neither their teacher nor they know.
A masterpiece of fiction is an original world and as such is not likely to fit the world of the reader.
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.
Satire is a lesson, parody is a game.
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