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  • If you want to make a movie out of my book, have one of these faces gently melt into my own, while I look.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • Oh, don't cry, I'm so sorry I cheated so much, but that's the way things are.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • We loved each other with a premature love, marked by a fierceness that so often destroys adult lives.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

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

  • I'm thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art, And this is the only immortality that you and I may share, my Lolita.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")


  • Oh, let me be mawkish for the nonce! I am so tired of being cynical.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • While a few pertinent points have to be marked, the general impression I desire to convey is of a side door crashing open in life's full flight, and a rush of roaring black time drowning with its whipping wind the cry of lone disaster.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

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

  • Imagine me; I shall not exist if you do not imagine me; try to discern the doe in me, trembling in the forest of my own iniquity; let's even smile a little. After all, there is no harm in smiling.
    (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")

  • Who can say what heartbreaks are caused in a dog by our discontinuing a romp?
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • 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")

  • 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")


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