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  • In and out of my heart flowed my rainbow blood.
    (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")

  • Why do those people guess so much and shave so little, and are so disdainful of hearing aids?
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

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

  • It is not the artistic aptitudes that are secondary sexual characters as some shams and shamans have said; it is the other way around: sex is but the ancilla of art.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")


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

  • Words without experience are meaningless.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • It is strange that the tactile sense, which is so infinitely less precious to men than sight, becomes at critical moments our main, if not only, handle to reality.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • She was only the faint violet whiff and dead leaf echo of the nymphet I had rolled myself upon with such cries in the past; an echo on the brink of a russet ravine, with a far wood under a white sky, and brown leaves choking the brook, and one last cricket in the crisp weeds.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • You know, what's so dreadful about dying is that you are completely on your own.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • 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")


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