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Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” Quotes (64 Quotes)


  • I shall be dumped where the weed decays, And the rest is rust and stardust
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • We had been everywhere. We had really seen nothing. And I catch myself thinking today that our long journey had only defiled with a sinuous trail of slime the lovely, trustful, dreamy, enormous country that by then, in retrospect, was no more to us than a collection of dog-eared maps, ruined tour books, old tires, and her sobs in the night - every night, every night - the moment I feigned sleep.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • One last word are you quite quite ure that - well not tomorrow of course and not after tomorrow but - well - some day any day you will not come to live with me I will create a brand new God and thank him with piercing cries if you give me that microscopic hope.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • I want you to leave your incidental Dick, and this awful hole, and come to live with me, and die with me, and everything with me.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")


  • We hasten to alienate the very fates we intended to woo.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • Let me repeat with quite force: I was, and still am, despite mes malheurs, an exceptionally handsome male; slow moving tall, with dark soft hair and a gloomy but all the more seductive cast of demeanour.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • Perhaps if the year was 1447 instead of 1947 I might have hoodwinked my gentle nature by administering her some classical poison from a hollow agate, some tender philter of death. But in our middle-class nosy era it would not have come off the way it used to in the brocaded palaces of the past. Nowadays you have to be a scientist if you want to be a killer.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • I was also supposed to quiz my various companions on a number of important matters such as nostalgia, fear of unknown animals, food fantasies, nocturnal emissions, hobbies, choice of radio program, changes in out look and so forth.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • We have it all arranged in our minds, and the less often we see a particular person the more satisfying it is to check how obediently he conforms to our notion of him every time we hear of him. Any deviation in the fates we have ordained would strike us as not only anomalous but unethical. We would prefer not to have known our neighbor, the retired hot-dog stand operator, if it turns out he has just produced the greatest book of poetry his age has seen.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • Life is short. From here to that old car you know so well there is a stretch of twenty, twenty-five paces. It is a very short walk. Make those twenty-five steps. Now. Right now. Come just as you are. And we shall live happily ever after.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • She was like Marat only with nobody to kill her.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • If he was silent I could be silent too. Indeed, I could very well do with a little rest in this subdued, frightened-to-death rocking chair, before I drove to wherever the beast's lair was - and then pulled the pistol's foreskin back, and then enjoyed the orgasm of the crushed trigger.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • We live not only in a world of thoughts, but also in a world of things. Words without experience are meaningless.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • Look at this tangle of thorns.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")