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  • It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • Solitude was corrupting me. I needed company and care.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • You see, she had absolutely nowhere else to go.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • I felt my life needed a shake-up.
    (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")


  • The general impression is that fifteen year-old Dolly remains morbidly uninterested in sexual matters, or to be exact, represses her curiosity in order to save her ignorance and self-dignity.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

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

  • I grew, a happy, healthy child in a bright world of illustrated books, clean sand, orange trees, friendly dogs, sea vistas and smiling faces.
    (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")

  • There he stood, in the camouflage of sun and shade, disfigured by them and masked by his own nakedness.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • 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")

  • I have the European urge to use my feet when a drive can be dispensed with
    (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")

  • There is nothing more atrociously cruel than an adored child.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • 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")


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