Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
More Quotes from Vladimir Nabokov: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.
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.
Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: it has to be shattered before being ascertained.
Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity.
For me, a work of fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall bluntly call aesthetic bliss, that is a sense of being somehow, somewhere, connected with other states of being where art (curiosity, tenderness, kindness, ecstasy) is the norm.
Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
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