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Vladimir Nabokov’s “Pale Fire” Quotes (13 Quotes)


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  • All religions are based on obsolete terminology.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • All the seven deadly sins are peccadilloes but without three of them, Pride, Lust, and Sloth, poetry might never have been born.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • And he absolutely had to find her at once to tell her that he adored her, but the large audience before him separated him from the door, and the notes reaching him through a succession of hands said that she was not available; that she was inaugurating a fire; that she had married an american businessman; that she had become a character in a novel; that she was dead.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • Do those clowns really believe what they teach?
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • Feeling a bit nervous, as most people do at the prospect of seeing a doctor, I thought I would buy on my way to him something soothing to prevent an accelerated pulse from misleading credulous science.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")


  • I cannot disobey something which I do not know and the reality of which I have the right to deny.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • I notice a whiff of Swift in some of my notes. I too am a desponder in my nature, an uneasy, peevish, and suspicious man, although I have my moments of volatility and fou rire.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • Solitude is the playfield of Satan.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • The summer night was starless and stirless, with distant spasms of silent lightning.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • There is a very loud amusement park right in front of my present lodgings.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • We are most artistically caged.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • When stripped and shiny in the mist of the bath house, his bold virilia contrasted harshly with his girlish grace. He was a regular faunlet.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • Zembla is a site devoted to the life and works of author, translator, and lepidopterist.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")


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